“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.]