“Apple’s presence as a favorite staple in the consumer market segment is accepted, expected and taken for granted. The corporate enterprise is another matter. Apple hasn’t been a significant player in the corporate enterprise and networking arena since the late 1980s. All that started to change over the last three years,” Laura DiDio reports for The E-Commerce Times.
“What began as a singular grass roots movement, bringing Macs in through the back door, has now morphed into a ongoing sustained trend that mirrors Apple’s own waxing fortunes,” DiDio reports. “The independent ITIC survey (Apple had no input or involvement in the survey) polled more than 700 global IT administrators and C-level executives worldwide via the Web, in October 2008 and May 2009. The most recent survey is now ongoing. The results show that four out of five businesses — approximately 80 percent — have Macs and the OS X operating system installed in their networks.”
“The responses indicate that Apple products are much more entrenched than expected. Nearly one-quarter, or 23 percent, of the survey respondents indicated they had a significant number — more than 30 Apple Macs and instances of OS X 10.x software — present in their corporate networks,” DiDio reports. “Almost three-quarters of the survey respondents — 73 percent — indicated they were likely to allow their end-users to deploy Macs as their corporate enterprise desktops within the next 12 months. That’s a 5 percent increase from the 68 percent that responded affirmatively to the same question in October 2008. Seven out of 10 businesses — 70 percent — rated the security of the Apple Mac and OS X as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good.'”
MacDailyNews Take: The other 30 percent have no idea WTF they’re talking about. (But, at least they’re allowing Macs.)
DiDio continues, “Eighty-five percent of corporations rated the reliability of Mac hardware and OS X 10.x as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good.’ More than three-quarters of businesses — 79 percent, or about eight out of 10 — said they had Macs in their shops. Some 27 percent had a significant number of Macintoshes (more than 30) present in their organizations; a 4 percent gain from the year ago survey figures. ITIC expects that percentage to climb to over 30 percent in 2010.”
“Apple’s increased enterprise presence is no fluke. It is now a clear and sustainable trend… Barring any egregious missteps or the emergence of serious technical or security flaws, it is likely that Apple will continue to expand its presence and influence among corporate enterprises,” DiDio reports.
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