Apple makes serious inroads into corporate networks; time for businesses to get serious about Macs

“Apple is finally making serious inroads into corporate networks,” Vin D’Amico reports for IndUS Business Journal. “Meanwhile, Microsoft is under increasing pressure to respond to the criticism that Windows Vista has endured.”

“Windows is growing old. Vista is a near disaster. Microsoft is getting beat up badly by Apple’s television advertising,” D’Amico reports.

“Switching computer platforms is never simple but this may be the right time to consider it,” D’Amico reports.

“Macs are easy to use and standards compliant. They are built on Unix and support open standards such as Samba file and print services, NFS file sharing, RADIUS access, LDAP authentication, and even Microsoft Active Directory. Newer Intel-based Macs can also boot Windows and run it natively if the need arises,” D’Amico reports.

“Macs are generally viewed as being more expensive than Windows PCs but that is not necessarily true. Apple focuses on high-performance, value-added configurations. When you compare similarly equipped systems, costs are comparable,” D’Amico reports. “Macs may be a good fit for users needing fast machines.”

“Migrating to Macs is not an all or nothing proposition. Most companies would be best served by integrating Macs into portions of their environments. Start with workgroups who need high-performance systems such as in graphics design and video creation. Other starting points include Website design, engineering, training, and IT teams,” D’Amico reports. “Another area where Macs excel is mobility. Executives and sales people who travel frequently may benefit from the small form factors that Apple offers.”

“As Apple grows its consumer business, there will be increasing pressure on corporations to adopt the Mac. Some of this pressure will come from recent college graduates, many of whom are Mac users. They will want to continue using Macs when entering the workforce,” D’Amico reports.

“Macs are generally more stable and virus-resistant than Windows,” D’Amico reports. “They are easier to use and built on open standards. Maybe it is time to test the barriers to Mac adoption in your company.”

Full article here.

43 Comments

  1. “Macs are generally more stable and virus-resistant than Windows,” D’Amico reports. “They are easier to use and built on open standards”

    Absulutely agree!! I have 15 years using Macs and I have never use “Antispyware” or antivirus software. I am not saying that there are no virus for Mac, What I said is that no mater if there are virus or not, They have never cause any problem at all.

    I am a “Wintel” Engineer and it is like going on vacation to get home and use my Mac after the infernal pressure of using Windows PSc at work.

  2. These articles seem to pop up every week and it’s an interesting idea but in the current economy I can tell you at our Fortune 100 company if this was brought up it would be promptly squashed.

    The IT budget is under extremely tight controls and oversight and a “switch” would incur a ton a cost that frankly we and I’m betting the majority of big business don’t have. Most companies are striving to remain profitable and in business.

    While I enjoy using my G5 at home it’s mostly for media use, hardly what I use at work and while many of my work application are likely on the mac you are looking at multiple licensing agreements etc which means more work to manage. This is all easy to do in small businesses area which is where apple will have some success but nothing is out there compeling a switch that shows true ROI type gain.

    Can analysts stop with the virus threat? We track virus activity monthly and it’s barely a blip anymore .. SPAM and malware are the main problem and as apple gains market share you can bet these things will migrate along.

    For the sake of comparasion

    Current Dell desktop = $600
    Typical Mac = $1,500 + Fusion or similar for native pc apps that don’t have equivelant mac version.

    Umm where is the savings? multiple this out by 1,000 of pc’s and I fail to see even with a lower break / fix how apple will ever regain the dollar difference. You still need to have tech’s to support and still deal with warrenty repair and last I checked apple is terrible in that roll.

    Reality is different that fantasy.

  3. MobileAdmin,
    Don’t viruses fall under the malware category?

    Regarding the pricing issue of mass purchases and the issue of how poorly the economy is doing, thus reducing the likelihood of any major IT purchases, I agree.

  4. “Umm where is the savings? multiple this out by 1,000 of pc’s and I fail to see even with a lower break / fix how apple will ever regain the dollar difference. You still need to have tech’s to support and still deal with warrenty repair and last I checked apple is terrible in that roll.”

    Indeed. The savings are fantasy as is the ostensible support nightmare that Windows is supposed to be. It’s damn expensive to change platforms; ask any director that’s involved in a corporate merger. Folks also tend to ignore the simple fact that Apple does not care one whit about corporate sales or support–there’s not enough money in it for them vis a vis the consumer marketplace.

  5. @ MobileAdmin, Another IT Guy…

    The savings with Macs are in all the scurrying about that you do to keep those Window boxes running. With Macs, a great percentage of the IT staff becomes unnecessary. There is the savings you are overlooking.

    It’s called TCO – Total Cost of Ownership. Studies have found Macs to be significantly less expensive over the lifespan of the machine. TCO is something your CxOs will understand.

    Agreed on the economy issues, but bad times won’t last forever and the refresh cycles will come due.

    — A Mac IT guy

  6. It’s 2008 and I’d wager almost every large enterprise is running some form of remote system management. (SMS, System Center 2007 etc) so unsure who is out there “scurrying about”. The whole less IT staff arguement has never been proven out either.

    Presently of the 6,800 users supported I’d say the current ratio user / tech is 350 -1 so even if you could squeeze that out to 500 -1 that would be one pretty busy tech. No matter how automated you still have a need for IT people regardless. So unless said Mac techs work for a lot less (most desktop positions don’t pay THAT much to start with) .. the TCO model is still going to be lower due to the initial migration / hardware cost.

  7. * Jupiter Research agrees that Macs are equal and sometimes lower in price than comparable PCs. True, there are much cheaper PCs, but you get what you pay for.

    * Macs can run nearly every program that exists, thanks to Bootcamp and Parallels.

    * Macs are standards compliant.

    * Macs are highly stable and secure, meaning greater efficiency and increased production. It also means savings from not needing anti-virus software.

    * Multiple studies show that Macs have fewer problems that are solved faster.

    * Macs are easily integrated into a PC network.

    * Apple provides high quality service and support enterprise contracts.

    * For many business uses, Macs come equipped with free software that handles most basic needs; Office or iWork can be easily installed if necessary.

    * Any change of platform is going to be expensive. However, with XP becoming dated and Vista a nightmare, some form of upgrade is eventually going to be inevitable. When that happens, the investment of Macs in the system will lead to reduced upkeep costs with increased productivity and morale.

  8. To the IT???? guys,

    “Current Dell desktop = $600
    Typical Mac = $1,500 + Fusion or similar for native pc apps that don’t have equivelant mac version.

    Umm where is the savings? multiple this out by 1,000 of pc’s and I fail to see even with a lower break / fix how apple will ever regain the dollar difference. You still need to have tech’s to support and still deal with warrenty repair and last I checked apple is terrible in that roll.”

    You can come up with any kind of figures to support your case that you want to. But Macs seem to last about twice as long as PCs so that is 1200 vs 1500, and they are easier to keep running so the tech support spends time doing important stuff and not wiping viruses.

    I come in to my clients and turn on my pc. I then wait up to 40 minutes for it to down load its daily virus and spyware material. Until then its useless. And there are several “.exe” programs that tend to run wild with cpu cycles. Even Microsoft knows about it but is not sure what to do. Maybe a complete dump and reload of Windows, spyware, applications, data, etc, etc etc. sounds like time wasted to me.

    So, run what ever computer you want at your company. My company uses Macs, 100%. And me and Apple care are the IT guy there.

    Just a thought,
    en

  9. Hahahahaha,
    $600 Del = $1500 Macs;
    ROI not proven etc etc

    = Hahahahahah!!

    Ohh, gee thanks, woooo! Haven’t such as good laugh for such a long time. Thanks again.

    I make an EXTREMELY good living as an IT process improvement consultant, and I have multinational clients.

    And the sad story is these “IT guys with Macs at home” believe what they say.

    Oh well, good for me I guess that the “professionals” are stupid…keeps the big $ rolling in…

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