Is Apple finally taking over enterprise?

“Apple has built up its empire as a consumer company. Over the past several years, however, the company has gradually been making inroads into the huge enterprise market as well. This started with phones and tablets at first, and now a new report commissioned by VMware claims that Macs are also gaining on Windows PCs in enterprise environments,” Srdjan Bejakovic writes for The Motley Fool.

“On the first-quarter conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a slew of impressive statistics regarding Apple’s recent performance in enterprise. The iPhone, which is often Apple’s entry point into enterprise, is used in 97% of Fortune 500 companies. Numbers for the iPad were even higher at 98%, and Cook added that 90% of tablet activations in corporations are iPads. Also, among business application activations, 90% were on Apple’s iOS operating system,” Bejakovic writes. “Through a survey of IT administrators, VMware has found increasing enterprise support for Macs as well. According to VMware’s report, 66% of businesses are already using Macs in the workplace today. One notable example is Cisco, at which 25% of company-provided notebooks are MacBooks, according to the Wall Street Journal. Mac penetration in enterprise might get an additional boost this year, as many companies are finally investing in hardware updates thanks to Microsoft’s ending support for Windows XP.”

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  1. Are there any metrics on the remote logins to the enterprise from mac using Parallels or VMware?

    That would give a better measure of the demand for Macs in the Enterprise.

  2. I hope not. The “enterprise” likes stodgy, complicated garbage. If Apple makes the kind of products that gives it a dominant presence, they’re doing something wrong.

    Let’s keep focus on the consumer side and leave the crappy enterprise to Dell and HP.

  3. It was going to happen. Since XP is gone now, the next one for IT to go to is Windows 7. That was the last good release that Microsoft put out. That is what happen to my wife’s job. They were using XP then when support stopped, they went to 7. Now they are considering Microsoft’s next move if they drop support for 7. If they should go to 8 or to switch hardware to Apple and OS X? Right now they are leaning towards Apple. I am sure that all companies IT Departments are in a similar spot, unless Microsoft can pull a rabbit out their hat to keep these companies on Windows.

  4. This is a headline we’d all love to believe was happening now but it’s still a work in progress, slow methodical progress. Microsoft will continue to be marginalized going forward now that old constraints are going by the wayside. Unfortunately they’re just not going away as fast as we’d all like.

    Though I would be sorry for all the Washington State Redmond employees who will lose their jobs eventually. There are whole tracts of nice homes there where the Microsofties live that will probably soon resemble the 1985 abandoned Lyon Estates from BACK TO THE FUTURE.

  5. Apple is not taking over the Enterprise, but the Enterprise is changing. Where Apple couldn’t even get through the door, they’re becoming a welcome participant in Enterprise Information Technology.

    Steve was wrong when he predicted the death of the PC. What is dying is the perception that Windows is the only way to get business done.

    This is not just because of Apple, but because of an ongoing shift to cloud architectures as well. Browser compatibility becomes more important than Windows compatibility.

    That email that says you’re fired for not opening up the enterprise to more technology opportunities looks the same whether sent from an iPhone, iPad, Outlook 365, or whatever.

  6. Don’t think SJ ever said the PC was dead. He called it a truck and said that trucks would be used where trucks were required. They are definitely required in enterprise. He did say that trucks would be less of a priority among consumers.

    1. He said it was “The end of the PC era” which always struck me as odd because all of these devices, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Notebooks, Laptops, desktops, etc., are personal computers. It seemed to me the “PC Era” was just getting started with all new kinds of PCs taking stage. The era that is closing is the Windows era. Windows is still here, it’s just not the be all end all OS for everything.

  7. As far as Dell is concerned, it’s definitely the end of the Dell PC era. It’s also quite funny how you never hear much from Dell-tards these days.

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