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[2]: Corporate Fanboys
by Elv13 on Sun 22nd May 2011 04:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Corporate Fanboys"
Elv13
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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[3]: Corporate Fanboys
by bouhko on Sun 22nd May 2011 05:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Corporate Fanboys"
bouhko Member since:
2010-06-24

I guess the fact that more and more applications are web-based helps a lot in that regard.

Also, dropping some Microsoft solutions in favor of web-based ones might save a lot of licensing cost over the long run.

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RE[4]: Corporate Fanboys
by sorpigal on Tue 24th May 2011 19:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Corporate Fanboys"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Only to a limited extent, in that it moves the problem from "out of the question" to "expensive."

This isn't a problem unique to Mac OS. Similar problems are holding Linux back as well.

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RE[3]: Corporate Fanboys
by Adamal on Sun 22nd May 2011 05:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Corporate Fanboys"
Adamal Member since:
2005-07-06

While I agree that it would be a big effort for some IT infrastructures, Mac integrate with Windows pretty well. At my work, I use a Mac for development and my macbook pro is joined to the Active Directory domain, using all the standard Microsoft tools with few issues.

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RE[4]: Corporate Fanboys
by danieldk on Sun 22nd May 2011 08:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Corporate Fanboys"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

Yes, but in most organizations in standard roles, management wants to limit what a user can do. This to avoid maintenance nightmare. Many companies where there in the 90ies when Windows did not provide so much maintenance functionality. OS X is, in this respect in the position of Windows in the 90ies. Of course, on company laptops, or as developer machines, OS X works fine (outside some compatibility problems).

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RE[4]: Corporate Fanboys
by kaiwai on Mon 23rd May 2011 03:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Corporate Fanboys"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

While I agree that it would be a big effort for some IT infrastructures, Mac integrate with Windows pretty well. At my work, I use a Mac for development and my macbook pro is joined to the Active Directory domain, using all the standard Microsoft tools with few issues.


If one were to evaluate Macs on the current state of Mac OS X then in all due respects it isn't ready given the iffy Windows integration but that will hopefully change in lion with the ground up writing of a smb2 stack.

As for Microsoft, I don't think they care because ultimately if you want to communicate with the rest of the world you need Microsoft Office which means they're still making money off you somewhere in the equation.

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