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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Corporate Fanboys
by zetsurin on Sun 22nd May 2011 03:48 UTC
zetsurin
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2006-06-13

I work with a lot of Mac Addicts (the sort who will advocate and defend Apple to the death), and they are slowly but surely moving into decision making positions.

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v RE: Corporate Fanboys
by theosib on Sun 22nd May 2011 04:09 in reply to "Corporate Fanboys"
RE[2]: Corporate Fanboys
by Elv13 on Sun 22nd May 2011 04:56 in reply to "RE: Corporate Fanboys"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

This is not how corporate workstation work. A corporate desktop is not like an home PC. It is not a single entity. It is a node in a bigger picture. It is connected to a domain, share folder using that domain, have a domain connected mail client and is usually using a standard disk image that can be replaced remotely. If the corporate Network use a full Microsoft stack (Active Directory, SharePoint, IE6(...), Windows Server) and Windows applications, making a transition to the Mac take a -lot- of IT resource for what it worth. By a lot, I mean 3000+ person-hours, so around 65000$ not invested anywhere else. If this is not done, the Mac will have limited integration and will probably run Windows is Parallel Desktop or VMware for most tasks. Even there, it will still be an alien.

Mixing -workstation- type is usually not cost effective. Mixing servers is fine, but not workstation.

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RE[2]: Corporate Fanboys
by broken_symlink on Sun 22nd May 2011 05:51 in reply to "RE: Corporate Fanboys"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't know where you work, but where I work, the desktops have a much longer lifespan than 2 years. Heck, we're still running some pentium 3 desktops that are probably close to 10 years old.

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RE[2]: Corporate Fanboys
by moondevil on Sun 22nd May 2011 08:23 in reply to "RE: Corporate Fanboys"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

2 years!? I wish.

In all the companies I worked so far, the PC were used until they died, without any chance of possible recovery.

Even then, their working parts were used to keep other of the same age running.

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RE[2]: Corporate Fanboys
by danieldk on Sun 22nd May 2011 08:44 in reply to "RE: Corporate Fanboys"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

On the one hand, you could buy a $500 Dell, loaded up with MS Office, and give it a 2-year useful lifespan.


This comparison is, of course nonsense. E.g. our university has many 'ancient' HP desktop machines that have been running at least 5 years. The actually rarely break, and are usually replaced by faster machines. I am a Mac user and enthusiast, but I have seen far more Macs that required repair than HP business machines.

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RE[2]: Corporate Fanboys
by JAlexoid on Sun 22nd May 2011 08:51 in reply to "RE: Corporate Fanboys"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

$500 Dell will serve 4-6 years with no issues. I've had done application development on 5 y/o Dell Optiplex and those machines are still going to be in use for at least 3 years.

My desktop is 4 y/o and I am still doing heavy Java development on it. Average users don't even need half of what I have. And I have an energy efficient setup with an underclocked CPU.

If you are a larger client with Dell, HP or Lenovo, you'll get a service contract that will b**chslap AppleCare. I go for Lenovo, for their global warranty and subtile design.

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RE: Corporate Fanboys
by JAlexoid on Sun 22nd May 2011 08:42 in reply to "Corporate Fanboys"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Yes. from selling 100'000 Macs to corporations to 200'000 is not big news.
I bet most of them ended up in the iOS development department, not on the tables of regular back-office employees.

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