In the comments of ‘Banking on Apple‘ the discussion of Apple Hardware becoming more standard across the desks at large companies seemed to take a front seat. It’s an interesting topic that ultimately sprang – in this forum – from a not-fully-explained comment of mine. I […]

In the comments of ‘Banking on Apple‘ the discussion of Apple Hardware becoming more standard across the desks at large companies seemed to take a front seat. It’s an interesting topic that ultimately sprang – in this forum – from a not-fully-explained comment of mine. I believe that comment was probably:

“The tide is just waiting to turn where large companies are consolidating and getting their employees one box to rule them all, rather than spending on 2 boxes for each desk.”

The stuff going through my head that didn’t make it to the keyboard (until later on in my comments) was my experience in large companies where large creative departments were sporting 2 or more computers to get common tasks done on the different platforms. Never the less, the conversation was a good one. We even had a CTO mention his opinion that while it’s not quite there, it’s “real, real close”. While only one example out there, he’s a better authority on it than I.

So then I came across this article at MacNN CIO: Macs looking better for business. Hmmm, the plot thickens!

Part of the argument (from the comments) was the trouble with adopting a whole new operating system, and the costs inherent with training and getting users up to speed on a totally new system. The article at MacNN quotes CIO Magazine’s Meridith Levinson,

“His MacBook didn’t crash or freeze once during the month he used it. And his work was never interrupted by automatic antivirus or antispyware updates — a frequent annoyance with Windows.”

So there are clearly some time-saving and business-positive side effects, other than just good hardware.

But let’s be realistic here. The costs associated with a move of this magnitude probably aren’t even in the ballpark of being realistic when you consider the hardware, training, and all the new software where they’d move to the OS X platform. The article was still interesting though, and surely shows that the tides are changing, slow as they may be.

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  1. I am so close to converting to the Mac OS. I’m so sick of Microsoft and it way tupid CPU consuming applications. I favored Windows before but after buying the iPod I’m starting to favor Apple technologies. I even wrote a simple short post on my blog about Mac and Windows http://desinotes.com/2006/11/12/5-reasons-why-macintosh-is-better-than-windows/

  2. But the qustion is, will it be worth it farther down the road to make a switch? Personally, I decided it would be and spent the money to convert. Businesses can look at it the same, just with bigger figures.

  3. My father in law actually runs his business solely on Macs. He’s been a Mac fan for a long, long time, but only made the business change a few years back. This whole conversation has got me thinking about writing about his experience – I’m sure he’s reading, so let me know if you’re game!

    Everyone will see it work out differently though, I guess.

  4. I was talking a gal at class tonight into buying a Mac. It’s certainly a little more out of the pocket up front (for those who don’t see the real value yet), but in the long run pays off. Another classmate bagged me for spending 3G on the new MBP… but I am 100% confident in the ability of this machine to pay for itself and/or I’ll drain this thing to the dreggs.

    The best thing about Macs is they are an experience. I don’t like calling computers sexy, I don’t understand it, but sensual fits well. The whole user experience of owning a Mac is sensual. The keyboard, the font rendering, the screen, the reliability and quality, all put together make it difficult to turn down.

    I’ll tell you what though, no one had anything to say when I told them I’ve only rebooted this thing once the six months I’ve owned it. And there were no witty retorts to my solution for spyware, viruses, etc… the Mac’s “ON” button.

    Sweet, sweet, sweet machine! How sweet will the day be when corporations adopt the Mac.

  5. Jason: It’ll be pretty sweet.

  6. I completed day one at my company on a MacBook Pro! I turned in my HP notebook, docking station and monitor for the Mac. (total costs is almost the same).
    I use Entourage to connect to the corporate MS-Exchange server. All the file shares work with no issues. All the networked printers work. Upgraded to the newer VPN client (intel) to connect remotely. Opted for OpenOffice instead on MS-Office.
    So far — pretty sweet!

  7. Rajiv – Very cool!
    Keep us posted as to what your experience’s are. I’d love to hear what road-blocks you may encounter.

  8. Rajiv, did your company gave you the option to use an Apple?! That’s sweet! If that’s the case, go do that voodoo that you do so well and convert the M$ masses! muah ha ha ha

  9. until Macs read/write NTFS, fully support SMB, and can login to AD without the user being an LDAP schema expert, they will never take off.

    Apple’s idea of corporate mac use = buy an Xserve and make your windows computers work with it.

    The rest of the world buys linux or windows servers and make the macs work with them.

  10. I work in a corporate environment with 500+ windows users. I am continually running into headaches while trying to work with our exchange server and company-wide shares. I would absolutely love it if Apple would spend a little more time making Mail.app a proper MAPI client or giving iCal some Exchange compatability. I have Entourage, but I find it to be lacking.

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