Linked by David Adams on Sun 22nd May 2011 02:26 UTC
Apple Mac sales in the enterprise during Apple's last fiscal quarter grew a whopping 66 percent, significantly outpacing the rest of the PC market, which grew just 4.5 percent in the enterprise. The data from Apple's previous fiscal quarter was highlighted on Friday by analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company. He said though he originally viewed success in the enterprise as a "one-quarter blip," it now appears to be a "durable platform" for Apple.
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RE[5]: Corporate Fanboys
by echo.ranger on Mon 23rd May 2011 18:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Corporate Fanboys"
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+1. Average corporate IT policy is PCs are upgraded once every 4 years. 3 years is a very good place to work for a dev. Usual in software development is 4 years, considering you'll get RAM upgrades and maybe HDD/SSD upgrades.
For regular users - until it becomes unusable.

Heck, I still use my old development machine(replaced last year after 4 years) at home for development work.

The reason 3 years (or sometimes 4) is very popular is due to corporate accounting. You can amortize the cost of a new desktop computer over a 3 year period in the US, so in many shops they will use a 3 year replacement path regardless if the old PCs are working or not (and why I can find some fantastic deals buying off-lease used corporate PCs at very low prices). Combined with the speed increase of CPUs and memory size/cost over a 3 year period, its generally assumed that a replacement computer (say, $1500) will bring much more value to the business if the individual using it (with, say a $50,000/year salary) will be more productive.

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