Macs methodically infiltrate the enterprise

“Thanks in part to the corporate BYOD movement, Apple’s AppleCare service and support plan, and just plain old demand, enterprises are more steadily adopting Macs in their organizations,” Esther Shein reports for Computerworld.

“Those factors, coupled with Apple’s partnership with IBM last year to develop a set of business apps for the iPhone and iPad, are leading Apple to make strides in the enterprise,” Shein reports. “‘Really, they’re making strides because users are demanding them and organizations want to be able to say ‘yes’ more than in the past,” says Michael Silver, a research vice president at Gartner. It’s part user satisfaction, ‘and costs have come down, depending on the model you look at.'”

“Career site introduced Macs into the enterprise about two years ago after previously offering them primarily to staff doing creative work, says CIO Roger Fugett. Today, of about 2,850 employees, 22% use Macs,” Shein reports. “When they first started offering employees their choice of device, Fugett says, he was surprised by the number of people who were already using PCs who turned to Macs — including engineers — a move he attributes to the fact that so many people use Apple devices outside of work. About 70% of IT people use Macs.”

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IBM: Corporate Mac users need less IT support than those stuck on Windows – October 18, 2015
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  1. No one would be happier than me if Apple would improve its Macs to be not just capable for enterprise computing, but clearly preferred.

    But Apple’s leadership is just not interested. Some days it seems even its programmers aren’t even trying to be world class anymore. Each OS X update breaks something or removes something.

      1. You two trolls are here everyday bitching about Apple. If you have bought equities a few years ago you wouldn’t, oh wait, you can’t buy because you are underpaid at McDonald’s. Enjoy your galaxy phones boys.

      2. I don’t like what I see to date, but it is mostly because of the massive increase in iOS device sales that have sidetracked a lot of Mac work, by my best guess.

        Apple computers of all types are achieving lifespans of 7-10 years from what I see and hear.

        I can see the move to looking at new structures inside Apple to allow users to customize & upgrade to their needs. One size fits all is now the iPad.

        But if you want to run heavy graphics, headless server work, FEA, 3D CAD, video/audio or other intensive tasks, why not let the consumer buy the components they need and just “stack them.”

        Modular computers are possible easily in a stackable networked MacMini type format. A person could buy what he needs starting with a CPU unit on top of a fan unit. Plug on top any storage or added graphics or CPU units you want, and maybe another fan unit.

        Modular computer structures would allow a person to upgrade or repurpose a unit to a new use or newer CPU without throwing away other components.

        We think of “personal computers” as “my computer” but in an office, work would be able to be done from a MacBook and the apps & files actually resided on a “MacStack.”

        I give credit to Apple for looking out 5-10 years to the future needs and then finding a way to lead the market into that new arena. I will be it happens that way.

      3. Look, if you HAVE supported Macs in the Enterprise – and I have been since 1995, you would agree with him.
        Apple has hosed us on more than one occasion. My 2007 Xserve/XSAN setups are all the evidence I need, and there are more examples.
        If they get serious, we’ll know it. Sure, IBM is really doing well by Apple, but that’s a huge contract and while they’re improving on things slowly, they are not even close to other companies when it comes to appeasing the Enterprise Wintel schmos. It’s still a PITA to support Macs in the Enterprise. Luckily we have good tools like Casper and others to fill the gaps.

  2. At a major college campus coffee house yesterday and Macs made up about 80% of the computers used by students. They are tomorrows workforce and will not want to take a step backwards when they leave school.

    For the last few years of my work career, I did most of my work on a Mac and then converted it to MS format for those less fortunate beings. Wish I had the iPad when I was still working as it is my current tool of choice for most of my creative work. Stiil use the Mac for some things, but the list is getting smaller.

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