Apple Macs replacing Windows PCs throughout enterprise at ‘unprecedented rate’ – survey of IT pros

“Apple devices are becoming an integral part of today’s enterprise environment, with nearly all enterprise IT professionals saying that their internal teams provide support for Mac, iPhone and iPad devices,” Ian Barker reports for BetaNews. “This is among the findings of a survey amongst IT professionals by Apple device management company JAMF Software. It shows that 96 percent of teams support Macs, 84 percent iPhones and 81 percent iPads.”

“The survey shows that user preference is the number one reason for the increased adoption of Mac (81 percent) and iOS devices (84 percent),” Barker reports. “As organizations continue to implement user choice programs, more and more employees are choosing Apple devices for work because they’re what they prefer in their everyday lives.”

“IT professionals surveyed also agree that Mac (75 percent) and iOS (82 percent) devices offer more security compared to other computer platforms,” Barker reports. “There have been increases in the usage of Mac (68 percent), iPhone (46 percent), and iPad (36 percent) devices in 2015. Macs are easier to manage than other computer platforms according to 64 percent, and 67 percent say that Mac will cut into the PC’s market share over the next three years. In addition 78 percent of those surveyed say that the iPhone and iPad are easier to manage than other mobile device platforms”

More info and links in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The tide is inexorable. 🙂

It’s tough to imagine a bigger leap for put-upon workers than to go from crappy Windows PCs and antiquated, beard-of-buttons BlackBerry phones to Apple Macs, iPads, iPad Pros, iPhones, and Apple Watches. What a productivity booster!MacDailyNews Take, October 1, 2015

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  1. One reasons for switching to Macs is that they are way faster than PCs.
    My example is I have an i7 Lenovo laptop for work and the first gen rMBP at home. Both are set to connect to my companies VPN to access the internal network. I brought the work laptop home yesterday and tried to connect to some web-based programs that need VPN access. These work okay on the PC when connected inside the building. Remotely they performed terribly and the pages did not display properly. The Mac on the other hand was superb and a lot faster than the PC even when I’m at work. And this was using safari.
    So “It just works” really sums up the Mac and I bet people are beginning to realize that they can be more productive using a Mac even in a PC environment.

    1. It is amazing, though, the degree to which an organization can cripple a Mac’s performance and stability by their implementation of third party software for whole disk encryption, etc. rather than using native solutions like FileVault2.

      1. I remember working at Stanford and being forced to type a password every single time I used my iPad since it accessed work email, I uninstalled that garbage software quickly.

    2. Speaking of Lenovo…. I have it on good measure that IBM employees are dropping their Lenovos by the thousands and getting Macs. All the MobileFirst group people are on Macs. It is changing like wildfire, so I hear.

  2. Too bad Apple has decided to be an iPhone, Apple Watch, company.

    The mini needs to use a much faster processor and much faster graphic dedicated chip and Graphic ram, iMan should be using 6 and 8 core i7 by now, the Mac Pro, come on, needs a major redesign. We want to put cards inside, we want to change the graphic processor, want to be able to switch CPU, (ok i guess we can do that) but man those prices are high, real high. Lately the software seems buggy as hell.
    People use to want to see Microsoft broken up maybe Apple will have to spin itself into several companies under the Apple tree.

    It’s just not good.

    1. That’s not what they “decided to be”. Any company is obviously going to more focus on a platform that is 10 times the size of the Mac platform. The long delays between product refreshes probably means Apple is rethinking those devices from the ground up.

      1. Sure, Michael, sure.

        Or perhaps it’s Intel and their over priced chips. Sell more, make less per unit, but make more money cause one sells more units.

        Everybody wants to be rich, now. Not just now but right now. Steady pace in a long race is better, no need for these wild swings.

      1. You’re kidding, right?

        Several years ago, Apple did compete head to head on value. Those days ended several years ago when Cook took Apple “ultra luxe”.

        I know there’s no way to do an absolutely equivalent comparison, since Apple makes sure it uses non-standard GPUs and stuff, but let’s compare a relatively mid/high end 8 core Xeon workstation, shall we?

        Apple Mac Pro
        Intel Xeon 3.0GHz 8-core with 25MB of L3 cache
        16GB (4x4GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
        256GB PCIe-based flash storage
        Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
        no accessories
        $5099 US

        HP Z840 workstation
        Intel® Xeon® E5-2630 v3 (2.4 GHz, 20 MB cache, 8 cores)
        NVIDIA Quadro K4200 (4 GB)
        16 GB 2133 MHz DDR4 ECC Registered RAM (2 x 8 GB) (of 8 open slots)
        1 TB 7200 rpm SATA
        Slim SATA SuperMulti DVD writer
        Expansion slots: 2 PCIe Gen3 x16; 1 PCIe Gen2 x4 (when 1 CPU installed)
        $3949 US

        So with the HP, you get a slower processor but faster memory. You can install up to 10 internal drives in the HP, none in the Apple. Apple offers small solid state drive, HP gives you a bigger conventional disc. So if you need more speed, take the additional $1150 from the HP purchase and go have fun. Or buy a kickass monitor with higher resolution than Apple’s outdated display….

        Long story short: nobody gives away workstations, but Apple is in no way the value leader out there anymore.

  3. Ah the joy of watching karma working out. Microsoftie has had it coming for a long time.

    Justice really could not do it all. Does anyone remember when Microsoft became a convicted monopolist? Oh those interesting reports back when there was a web browser called Netscape and Microsoft Billy Gates decided to “cut off the oxygen supply” and then the even more brazen megalomaniacal attempt to get folks at Apple to “knife the baby” by killing one of its own products [Quicktime] to make way for a rival Microsoft version.”

    Today, well now look for somebody who is actually interested in buying a Windows phone.

    Others might take note of the karma here, maybe just maybe they might be able to change their ways and try civilized behavior. After all cutting off oxygen supply is well, pretty barbaric when you are talking figuratively about corporations, but it’s another thing entirely when you do literally do it and it raises the karma ante substantially.

    1. I do wish people would just stop using words they don’t understand.
      Karma is not one brand of computer being chosen slightly less than another than before. It is the Hindu idea that a person’s actions in this life affects their fate in future existences.
      It is a false notion since the merit of such actions are always subjective, and because reincarnation isn’t real.

      1. Thanks for your post That’s Not Karma. You are pretty accurate with your definition though I disagree with your conclusion.

        “It is a false notion since the merit of such actions are always subjective”
        Certainly I don’t have a clue how you link subjective notions as being false. Love is pretty subjective, does that mean it’s a false notion.

        “and because reincarnation isn’t real.”
        It isn’t? Where is your proof.

        Some of the definitions of karma are slightly different, in fact one definition goes along the lines of fate and destiny.

        It was certainly not my intent to determine that “Karma is not one brand of computer being chosen slightly less than another than before” but rather the actions of Microsoft are resulting in the consequences we are seeing. Along those lines I could have equally said “Microsoft is reaping what they have sown” or “Microsoft has gotten their just desserts” or any number of other sayings to illustrate the point.

        I hope this helps, have a great day.

        1. The conclusion is a result of the definition surely?

          With respect, two issues with karma exist:
          First of all the idea that ‘the universe’ can decide things is silly, but accepted by those who seem to like the idea of some form of faceless impartial arbiter.
          However, a bizarre double standard in forums such as this means that people actually consider karma and reincarnation, but should one dare refer to the sayings of Jesus and those same people howl and mock and make references to a ‘flying spaghetti monster’ and ‘invisible sky daddy’.

          Secondly, judgement of what constitutes poor/good conduct and what is the just punishment/reward for such conduct IS absolutely subjective. When somebody you hate is harmed due to their own actions you happily cry Karma! But if it is a loved one? That’s just unfortunate circumstances.
          Steve Jobs died too early because he rejected his daughter and abused his underlings, right? Or was it just a tragedy?

          Sorry to sound contentious but spurious definitions of karma are due to westerners being unaware of its true meaning. As if all that was not enough, karma is linked to the horrible caste system, which is also false.

          Lastly, large corporations are not individuals, and Apple in the eyes of its detractors is every bit as evil as Micros**t. When PC drones and fandroids see bad news coming from Cupertino they all cry Karma!

          1. Greetings, JeanLuc Barre.

            Fascinating post thank you for making it.

            You start off with a good question, though I will point out that conclusion may be a result of a connection of some sort, that is an equally valid approach.

            I don’t think the idea that the universe can decide things is silly. Can you decide things JeanLuc Barre? If so then the universe can decide things as you are part of the universe, unless you believe that you are beyond the universe. I can’t say for sure of course.

            I don’t have an issue with karma nor the saying of Jesus. In fact Jesus is known to have resurrected not only himself but Lazarus as well according to the stories and at least from one perspective, resurrection can be viewed as a form of reincarnation.

            So the first issue you bring up is not an issue for me, though your view of the forum is appropriate and actually I’ve seen the converse be true as well, i.e. believers of Jesus howling and mocking other beliefs.

            Your second point about subjectivity is well taken it’s all subjective. Your example is out of whack for me personally because I don’t hate anyone, I leave that to the experts from ISIS and USUS. You contend that “Steve Jobs died too early” instead of too late of just on time. By all means please feel free to elucidate as to how you came to the conclusion or judgement. Or is it just an opinion?

            I’m really amazed that I’m getting all this feedback oh the use of karma at a site where those who run the site go on repeatedly about karma. It’s easy to find, just look for the photo of the nuclear detonation that is repeated nearly every time the topic of Samsung comes us.

            I’ll happily agree that I’ve not used karma as it defined one way or another but rather as a connection. Karma refers to an individual not a corporation, and I’ve applied it to a corporation anthropomorphizing the concept because I find it connects nicely to other similar concepts, i.e. you reap the harvest you have sown, what goes around comes around and Microsoft is getting its just desserts. Yes I’ve used the definition totally wrong and inappropriately but I’ve used it because I see the connection of the idea as nebulous as it is as being valid. That’s my free will and my creativity. It’s through acts like these that the language evolves and changes. It’s through acts like that that we now can say Ho Ho Ho when wishing someone happy holidays or ordering some hookers for a stag party.

            I’m sure that there are more than just two more issues with karma but analyzing it how I use it in my post takes away from the overall synergetic idea of what I wrote that Microsoft is getting what they deserve.

            Good post, thanks for making it, it’s great food for thought.

  4. The inevitable is now happening!

    Apple Inc. Product halo effect is kicking in big time, with the trojan horses (iPhone and iPad) having paved the way for the almighty Mac line of product in the enterprise!

    R.I.P. Microsoft.

  5. We use dell 5500s that are around $2,300 per unit..and replace them every 3-4 years..and they are doggish by then. My 27inch iMac, meanwhile, is on its 4th year and running strong enough that I can’t justify replacing it despite me wanting a 5k imac. An iMac running win 7 in a vm is far more powerful, and more cost effective, than any of the pcs we use. The best part..when I refresh my Mac, I just transfer my VMs to the new Mac and never miss a beat (and don’t have to re-license my expensive PC software).

  6. Well ain’t that a bitch. My IT department is in the 4% that doesn’t support or allow Macs on the network. iOS devices, yes. Macs, no.

    So, being a FU sort of guy, everyday I hook my Air up to one of my Dell external monitors and instantly have a dual monitor Mac. Unfortunately, to work on files on the company server I must email them back and forth. Big deal. Being able to work on my Mac in the office makes the slight extra effort worth it.

    Interestingly, when one of the IT guys comes into my office to talk, he keeps glancing at my setup with a dual monitor Mac next to my Dell POS. But he never says anything. I think he is afraid of the tirade I’ll unleash on him if he says something stupid like: “you can’t do that.”

  7. Sometimes Macs can do things in a windows-centric space that PCs cannot do. I was at a client site 18 months ago working in a large room full of heavy-duty Engineers and scientists from USA, Germany, Netherlands, UK. We had a printer in the room set up to a guest network. I was the only one in the room who could print wirelessly from it, everyone else had to schlepp their laptop over and plug in. Needless to say I was also the only Mac user.

    German guy walks over with his brick to print something, just before he gets there, I sent a job to print. As paper comes out of the printer he says, “Zat’s just cruel!”

    1. 15 years ago I suggested IBM should buy Apple, *WHILE LEAVING IT TOTALLY ALONE TO BE APPLE* because Steve Jobs had a brain and IBM needed a desktop to counter Microsoft. (OS/2 anybody? Lotus Notes, by lack of support, basically killed the Linux desktop alternative.) Today, Apple should acquire IBM and eliminate some of the wandering IBM upper management to make the company more like Apple. Apple needs to own the enterprise, too. Today, OS X and iOS are spreading throughout IBM while IBM still has great enterprise products. What a combination!

  8. It will be real interesting in a few years when enterprise won’t have win 7 as an option on new pcs. Microsoft created an environment that allowed IT/enterprise to configure infrastructure/in house interfaces around windows and old versions of IE. Now they are having to constantly update to make stuff compatible with the various versions of IE… Where I work, they have been pretty good at adapting, but we still have a few core applications that need years old versions of Java and IE9. Can’t wait to see what they will do when forced away from win 7.

  9. My local community centre began a rolling programme to switch out the 12 ageing PCs in the primary IT suite to Macs last year. So far, we’ve replaced eight PCs with Macs in our suite, and two weeks ago, I migrated both main office PCs to 27″ iMacs.

    Admittedly these are fully-reconditioned machines, mostly mid-2010 vintage, but the difference it’s made has been considerable—our punters love the Macs. The office systems in particular now have proper backup systems in place—2 x 3TB Time Machines plus a nightly cloned bootable backup each courtesy of CCC alternating weekly onto two of four available drives with one set kept offsite, along with mission-critical data backed up hourly with CrashPlan.

    The only transition problems were migrating from MS Publisher, used for generating all the publicity material, and managing the monthly payroll. In the first case, I substituted Swift Publisher 4 and Printworks, and for the payroll we’ve kept the one PC licensed to run IRIS in a back room and once the yearly licence on that has expired middle of next year, we’ll migrate to Sage One Payroll.

    As a community centre funded entirely by our fundraising efforts, anything we can do to reduce costs and improve efficiency and productivity means we can spend more on our community programmes. Some back-of-the-envelope calculations have already shown that we’ve reduced our power consumption IT-wise to the tune of around £600 per year. As a community centre working in one of the most deprived areas of the North East of England, and formerly the site of the largest coal mine in Europe, the benefits of moving our IT systems to Macs has been of immeasurable benefit, logistically, financially and spiritually.



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