Mac usage at SAP doubles as Apple grows in the enterprise

Mac usage at SAP doubles as Apple grows in the enterprise
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Mac usage at SAP has doubled in just over a year as Apple shows continued enterprise growth. There are almost 26,000 Macs in use across SAP at this point, the majority of which (82%) are running macOS Catalina, confirmed Martin Lang, SAP’s VP Enterprise Mobility today in a Tweet:

The number of SAP colleagues who chose a Mac as their primary computer has doubled over the last 15 months, it’s at almost 26K now with 82% of them running the latest macOS Catalina.

Jonny Evans for Apple Must:

I interviewed Lang, since then he has been working to implement cutting-edge mobile device support at SAP.

He appeared at the recent JNUC enterprise event to discuss this, where he also revealed his company’s work to port iPad apps across to Macs using Catalyst in macOS.

The company deployed 83,000 iOS and 170 Apple TV devices in 2018 and is using Jamf Pro to create a native and integrated IT and user experience across all Apple devices.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Mac is dramatically infiltrating the enterprise as the world finally, blessedly wakes up!

And, oh, by the way, IT doofuses, we told ya so — 10 days before Apple sold their first iPhone:

The IT guys are in for a rude awakening and the iPhone is only the beginning. They will have to accommodate the iPhone. Too many important employees will demand it and IT won’t be able to stem the tide. The fact is that business people will decide which device they want to carry and their businesses will adapt to it. Just as they did with “Microsoft-incompatible” Research In Motion’s Blackberry. Apple’s iPhone will be a success with business users whether the IT guy wants it or even whether AT&T and Apple tailor marketing to businesses or not.

Note to CEOs: Who runs the company, you or the IT guy? It’s your job to make the decisions and it’s the IT guy’s job to implement your decisions that relate to technology. Just as with Macs, you need to educate yourself instead of relying on someone with their own, possibly hidden, agendas to make extremely important technology decisions for your company. Most of you could be saving a LOT of money right now, but you aren’t because you’ve delegated an important part of your company’s decision-making to people who, frankly, in our experience, aren’t capable of making good, sound, strategic, long-term decisions. Most IT guys (and we know many) are not open-minded enough to be able to consider new, better, more efficient, more effective options that would benefit your company. In fact, most IT guys we’ve met will throw up road blocks and repeat myths until they’re blue in the face in order to avoid change. Especially change that might make their department less critical or smaller. Bottom line: most of you CEOs have given the IT guy way, way, way too much power. It’s time to take it back.MacDailyNews, June 19, 2007


  1. There is an interesting article in the Financial Times about how US technology companies are taking over Germany and leaving Germany mechanical technology behind.

  2. SAP software sucks. They have somehow created a myth that they provide value and they keep getting customers. If your company is considering SAP software, run; don’t walk.

    1. I’ve had to use SAP too . . I’d rather go do my taxes or clean restrooms.

      SAP’s appeal to businesses is that it “can do anything”. The appeal for SAP is that those same businesses will pay them to modify their product so that it “can do anything”….because out of the box it doesn’t offer that localized tailorability.

      I’ve not seen our official cost numbers, but knowing my local leadership, I’d expect that they spent $25M out of the gate to get it off the ground set up in our corporate workflow, and are currently spending $5M/year to maintain.

      But in fairness, SAP is merely YA software app that is quite powerful for the individual whose sole job it is to go query the corporate database every hour of every day. But for the supervisor who only needs one report once per quarter or month, the learning curve and UI make its use a nightmare.

  3. SAP for those who don’t know stand for Systems Applications and Processes which in typical German practicality is what they do. One of the founders of SAP loved competitive sailing and so had a racing yacht called SAP.

    1. SAP is big in fortune 500 manufacturing. I have used it for many years and it has the worst User Interface of any business application I have ever used. The good news was that at the huge Aerospace company where I worked the floor workers were accessing it on iPads. Management on PC’s.
      Allowed tracking of cost, parts, labor, inspection, problems, assemblies and status of the entire spacecraft but at a huge (labor) cost.

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