Apple Macs and iPhones infiltrate businesses everywhere

“Email on the iPhone. Xserve to the data center. Apple is everywhere,” Joyce Carpenter reports for Computerworld. “So many Apple products; so many places to find them. Once merely the darling of the art department, now Macs are infiltrating financial departments and factory floors. This, according to a new Learn-Fast Guide, from the editors at Computerworld, designed to get you ready for a Mac attack in the workplace.”

“IT executives are showing more interest in the Mac because of its well-known ease of use, but also because of trends, such as virtualization and migrations to Web-based applications, that are freeing the desktop from a Windows monopoly,” Carpenter reports.

“But it’s not only the desktop operating system that has companies considering Apple. As Computerworld editor Julia King details in her two-part story, Auto Warehousing Co. — the largest full-service auto processing company in North America — replaced the hardware for its data storage and Web operations with Apple Xserve RAID machines,” Carpenter reports. “It will transition to Macs on the front end as the client software is rewritten in Java. In the interim, the company will run the VIPS client on Macs using Parallels, a virtualization system that lets Windows applications run on Macs.”

“Between its simpler licensing model — by comparison with Microsoft — and the inclusion of essential software with the hardware purchase, AWC expects this move to save money. “With Apple, the e-mail client is included on all Macs and on the iPhone, with no additional licensing of any kind,” AWC’s CIO Dale Frantz says. At the end of the day, those savings can persuade staff, customers and the finance department to give Macs a try,” Carpenter reports.

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike in Helsinki” for the heads up.]

40 Comments

  1. Auto Warehousing story is old news. That has been reported for months if not over a year. Give us something new. We all know it’s happening, so they couldn’t even find another story? Weak. And they are citing an old story about a company in a declining industry that will most likely need to downsize in the near term.

  2. Whether they are in a declining industry, or not, is not the issue. The import of what “the largest full-service auto processing company in North America” does is the road map they develop, the lessons they learned, the savings (business’ holy grail) they realized by switching to Mac.

    Auto Warehouse’s experience with Mac is being closely followed by the enterprise. Bringing it up again, and again, simply keeps the subject of enterprise switching on the radar.

  3. Not in my workplace.

    IT are currently trying to confiscate my Intel iMac and force me to downgrade to a crappy Pee C, which doesn’t even have access to a C drive (everything is off the server), let alone the software I need to get my job done.

    I fought off the first attack. Just waiting for the next round.

  4. I AM an IT Director for a group of Kia Dealerships that include the worlds largest Kia Dealership. I AM also a Mac user and fan. I can’t however, use Macs in my industry.
    There are 3 things holding me back.
    1. IE only web apps that require certain versions of Java, .NET, and Flash.
    2. Windows only apps. (Fusion and BootCamp require costly windows licences)
    3. No easy to service Mac Hardware. Working on and upgrading a Mac Mini is a pain in the @$$! ($599 for the specs also sucks)

  5. In fact, any person who is not a complete ignorant will use a mac. Most of the “Experts” I have see in the enterprise and the outsourcing world have work with windows all their life and they never used a Mac or Linux computer. Where ever you see a “windows only” company, you can bet that the IT department is run by a “limited knowledge” person (I don’t want to offend my boss).

  6. @BAC
    There something that does not fit in your history if you have used a Mac at least one time in your life…

    1—–IE only web apps that require certain versions of Java, .NET, and Flash.——-
    We have 2500 computers in our network, Firefox does everything IE does and a lot better, unless you lock your web app to work only with IE (like Microsoft Windows Update), you can do everything better using Firefox (Safari does not handle very well Web Bank transactions).

    2—“Fusion and BootCamp require costly windows licenses”
    Are you pirating Windows? Because as far as I know, PC also has to have a windows license, it came preloaded in the PC, but you pay for it in the retail price.

    3. No easy to service Mac Hardware. Working on and upgrading a Mac Mini is a pain in the @$$! ($599 for the specs also sucks)—

    What do you need to service to a Mac mini??? most of the computers used in the industry has Celerons or Pentiums D processor, the Mini has Core2Duo at 1Gb, do you need more just to acces a Web App? or are you making the special effects for Lord of the rings 4? because in that case, you can buy a MacPro.

  7. @Troy
    “1—–IE only web apps that require certain versions of Java, .NET, and Flash.——-
    We have 2500 computers in our network, Firefox does everything IE does and a lot better, unless you lock your web app to work only with IE (like Microsoft Windows Update), you can do everything better using Firefox (Safari does not handle very well Web Bank transactions).”

    I’m a Real Estate Agent and you have to use IE 6 or higher to access the site. It will not work with Safari, or Firefox, and I’m sure there are many more business sites that are locked into the windows would.

  8. I wish Firefox would substitute IE. But it’s not the case. I have to order parts through an HP web ordering system and nothing works on it except IE. So no, MS still has a lots of us being held by our testis.

  9. I’m a Real Estate Agent and you have to use IE 6 or higher to access the site. —Artist

    So what’s stopping real estate agents from lobbying for this to change? Requiring IE 6 (or any version of IE) is really, really dumb and incredibly short-sighted.

  10. @Apple =Fall in Worldwide Sales

    ah the old more is better….sort of like Wally World. I would much rather have the TOP 5% then be a bottom feeder.

    I wonder if when Neanderthal looked over the ridge and saw Cro-Magnon he thought the same thing or if he was smart enough to see his time was at an end. This is the first time in our history we can upgrade buy going down to Best Buy and dropping a few hundred bucks.

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