“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.”
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