Corporate Mac Adoption


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.



3 Days later…
I agree with Rob – AD integration will be nice. Yes – Apple has no passion to server the Corp world (and that might not be a bad thing for Apple).

So far I can do everything I did with Windows.
It’s not a Microsoft vs. Apple thing — what I am trying to do is gradually reduce our dependence on one vendor, which currently is MS. Most of the IT folk in my team – have grown up on MS and got certifications from MS. I do have a couple of Linux jocks that want to do everything in Opensource. Some IT guys think the Mac is only good for graphics, some think it is too expensive, and a few think it is very cool. (at least I have one convert – who wants to buy a iMac for his kids!).

My observation: The average corporate users really has no passion about the hardware or OS. They want e-mail, and web browser, and ms-office (and a blackberry). For Apple to win in the corp world – they need to beat MS-Office and IE!
Though Firefox has made significant gains at the browser level, many Corp Applications are built using activeX and asp == makes it impossible to get off IE.


The groundswell is building for Macs to take over the office. When Macs first showed up, they came in to the office through the back door of individual users. You get enough individuals clamoring for change, and change will happen. Will Apple tweak the OS to make it work with LDAP, etc? Yes. Will Linux tweak their OS to make it work better with Apple? Yes. The only loser in this is Microsoft, who will go down fighting over a shrinking pie.


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 a proper MAPI client or giving iCal some Exchange compatability. I have Entourage, but I find it to be lacking.


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.


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


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!


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.

Nick Santilli

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.

Zach Robbins

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.

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