“Don’t look now but Apple Mac hardware and the accompanying OS X 10.x operating system software are gaining significant momentum among corporate users,” Yankee Group analyst Laura DiDio reports.
“A new, independent Yankee Group web-based survey of 750 global IT administrators and C-level executives found that nearly four out of five businesses–approximately 80%–have Macs and the OS X operating system installed in their networks. And although the Apple Mac hardware and OS X operating systems still represent a small niche, adoption and acceptance of Mac hardware and operating system software are growing at a steady and sustained pace not seen since the late 1980s,” DiDio reports.
“The responses to the Yankee Group 2008-2009 Apple Mac and OS X 10 Corporate Enterprise Deployment and Usage Survey indicate the use of Apple products in a corporate environment is much more pervasive and complex than previously thought. Nearly one-quarter, or close to 25%, of the survey respondents have a significant number–greater than 30 or 50–of Apple Macs and OS X 10.x OS software present in their corporate networks,” DiDio reports.
“Fueling the growing acceptance and adoption of Mac hardware and OS software are the leading-edge and sophisticated Safari web browser, iChat, an enhanced version of the FileVault security facility that provides disk encryption to protect data stored on PCs and laptops in the event the machine is stolen, the Time Machine embedded backup capability that can restore deleted files, and a much faster search engine,” DiDio reports.
“The latest version of the Mac OS X 10.x operating system also incorporates a slew of new Anywhere Applications features, such as embedded virtualization capabilities and the Back to My Mac feature that makes it easy for remote or traveling users to use the internet to remotely access files on their home computer,” DiDio reports.
Full report (available only to Yankee Group clients) here.
[Attribution: 9 to 5 Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Chuckles the Microsoft CEO” for the heads up.]