Jupiter Research’s Gartenberg: Get over the myths, IT guy; Apple Macs are for business

“Most IT departments are not deploying Macintosh systems in large numbers and those that are are deploying are usually in niche spaces such as graphic arts, multimedia and publishing. The truth is that Mac OS has changed quite a bit in the last few years and today’s Apple systems offer a reasonable alternative for Windows systems for many mainstream uses OS X Leopard is rock solid UNIX at the core with Apple’s elegant user interface on top. One of the big issues around business use centers on myths that still exist regarding the platform,” Michael Gartenberg blogs for Jupiter Research.

Gartenberg covers the following myths:
Macs are expensive vs. PCs: In many cases, comparable Apple systems are priced similarly or in some cases are even cheaper than their competition.
• Macs lack software: MacDailyNews Note: Gartenberg covers all of the bases except one: Macs run Windows and Linux apps and therefore Macs, not any other PC, have the capability to run the world’s largest software library. Slum it with Windows when you’re absolutely forced to — until the glorious day arrives when you don’t need Windows anymore.
• Apple Macs are proprietary: Apple is one of the most standards driven operating systems you can purchase… (Apple was actually the first OS vendor to bundle TCP/IP support into a commercial operating system).

Gartenberg writes, “Apple systems can be a seamless fit for many organizations. Time to get over the myths and take a closer look.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: CEOs, who runs the company, you or the IT guy? It’s your job to make the decisions and it’s the IT guy’s job to implement your decisions that relate to technology. You need to educate yourself instead of relying on someone with their own, possibly hidden, agendas to make extremely important technology decisions for your company. Most of you could be saving a lot of money right now, but you aren’t because you’ve delegated an important and expensive portion of your company’s decision-making process to people who, frankly, in our experience, aren’t capable of making good, sound, strategic, long-term decisions. Most IT guys (and we know many) are not open-minded enough to be able to consider new, better, more efficient, more effective options that would benefit your company. In fact, most IT guys we’ve met will throw up road blocks and repeat myths until they’re blue in the face in order to avoid change. Especially change that might make their department less critical and smaller. Bottom line: most of you CEOs have given the IT guy way, way, way too much power. It’s time to take it back.

64 Comments

  1. Your headline isn’t politically correct. It should read: “Get over the myths IT people, including women and those of any sexual orientation, who are all equally important members of all of our IT teams, Apple Macs are for business.”

    See, isn’t that much better and easier to understand.

  2. IT guys are just lazy and refuse to step out of their little comfort zone…as the bandwagon passes them by…see the future and jump on now or be forced to pull yourself up by that straggling piece of dental floss later. Your choice, IT guys.

  3. It’s CEOs that should be looking at this. Macs in a company could mean lower support costs, which alone could justify any extra expense associated with switching to the Mac platform.

    Case in point: I am a designer. My company is primarily PC-based, but our department is on Macs. We have 7 systems. A member of our team is on the west coast, so we have VPNs and remote access, etc. We have an Xserve which hosts all our files. We almost never need support from our IT department. When we do, 95% of the time it’s because Entourage isn’t communicating properly with the Exchange server (surprise surprise).

    My case may not be demonstrative of every situation in the enterprise, but it’s proof that deploying Macs could very well lower your IT costs over time.

  4. The real problem is IT and the CIO’s are used to getting bid from multiple companies not just one. It’s putting all your eggs in one basket, albeit a real nice and smoothly running basket.

    It’s real hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

  5. Cubert: Maybe the band just ate a huge meal of ribs, stopped for floss and left trails of dental string along the way? It sounds like those Polka Punk groups are tormenting frustrated IT guys again.
    Will they ever learn?

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