The Mac Keeps Taking Small Steps Into Corporate IT

iMac BackThe big news from Apple’s most recent quarterly results is this:

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.

That’s an amazing number, and it seems to prove that all of Apple’s irresistible gadgetry is having a halo effect in the workplace, whether IT likes it or not.

Of course, the raw numbers aren’t quite as compelling, since 66 percent growth of a small number is still a small number. Mac sales are estimated to be just 3 percent of total PC business sales. On the other hand, that’s the highest total Apple has seen since the second quarter of 1997.

Business size factors in as well.

Broken down my market segment, Mac shipments grew 94.7 percent in the “very large business” category, 75.5 percent with “large businesses,” 58.1 percent with “medium businesses,” and 90.4 percent with “small businesses.” All of those totals well exceeded growth in the overall PC market.”

And then there’s this:

Apple also saw a whopping 155.6 percent growth in Mac sales to governments, compared with just 2.3 percent for PCs

So there are 3.76 million brand new Macs floating around out there, each one encouraging buy in to Apple’s overall ecosystem.

What will IT do about it? If nothing else, it had better make sure it has a couple of Apple geniuses aboard as this trend inevitably continues.

Source: Apple Insider

Comments

  1. BY itguy08 says:

    That’s a good thing. Macs have been proven to be more reliable, require less maintenance, and less support than a Windows based machine. It also requires you to have agile and flexible business systems which benefit everyone as you are not tied to one platform.

    IT should embrace this welcome change as it has the potential to reduce workloads and prove you care about your users.

    The only ones that don’t see diversity in computing platforms as a good thing are those with few real skills and those tied to one platform.

    • BY ET-techguy says:

      I appreciate what you are saying and support the concept of competition in the end-user electronics market. But as I have been through many mergers let just point out that the more platforms you have to support the more cost to the business to hire more IT Guys to support them, the more cost in licenses to do cross platform software for externally written software. And good luck getting some of the proprietary software written for multiple OS’s when you can barely get the vendors to write a new version or patch for a new OS. I am not saying windows or Mac or Linux is better than the other. They all have advantages and disadvantages. But mixing platforms for no reason than some VP likes one over another is a good way to waste corporate revenue.

  2. BY mikeIT says:

    Funny, I thought they killed off the blade servers…..

  3. BY Dave says:

    Wrong again. A MAC is still not listed as a supported device on a huge amount of corporate apps such as accounting, banking and general use software’s. Online banking support centers have issues with supporting MAC’s and people buy them not knowing this and are stuck with a device that they end up using for access and general BS use. The entry into corporate is due to the I-pad and I-phone popularity and various apple products can’t even sync properly amongst themselves without getting IT involved.

    Sorry, the MAC is now being targeted with virus situations and as long as it is used for email it is subject to the same issues pc’s are. The Mac sandbox solution is a take-off on the Windows 7 approach and relies on uses to say NO.

    Nice try though!

    • BY itguy08 says:

      Dave,

      Sorry, not sure what you are talking about. Apple themselves runs SAP and they run on all Macs (with the exception of AIX). OS X is supported for Bigfix (biggest patch management software), McAfee and Norton have corporate AV for Macs, etc.

      Been a Mac user since 2002 and not had any issues with Online banking and use quite a few. The big names – Chase, BOA, Amex, Discover, etc. all support Macs just fine. Then again I wouldn’t know because it works 100%.

      Also been a Windows Admin for longer than I can remember. I could manage my whole network from my Macbook if I wanted to. Have done it. You need some RDP sessions but it works fine.

      The virus thing is really not an issue – be careful what you download and you’ll be fine. That’s sound advice for any platform.

      Seriously you sound like someone who is so invested in the Windows ecosystem that you can’t understand there’s another world out there. One where things mostly work as designed.

  4. There is no doubt that Apple has done good job on its clean yet stylish UI design and Operation efficiency, I have an iPhone cost a fortune yet functioning very smoothly through out the years . PC has gone a long way yet it would have stay still without learn from Apple (look at how Microsoft Windows been trying to copy from the UI from Mac for recent released windows OS vista and 7. You can concluded that even Microsoft itself has realized Apple’s value on creativity. However, what blocked Apple from gain more market share is, maybe, the way how they tried to monopolize the market by producing peripheral accessories that can shrink your wallet like a vacuum machine.
    (Apple: (with big smile) Look, here is your $50 , you only need to click “Pay Now” on my site,then…..Tada! Its gone and here is your video cable! Isn’t it amazing? You: (Nod) and stared at the 5 bucks left in your pocket. Btw, we got a laptop cost $1000 more than Windows PC, its definitely a mad buy! Why? Because its white! You: Crap, I never thought about that! It will definitely differentiate myself! Let me find my credit card… ) Imagine how many people will be able to afford that? Yet, it maybe how its market goes, but maybe Apple can balance its cost with its performance a bit more fairly to bring more interest to even more customers.

  5. BY Dbag77 says:

    Hey itguy08 you can manage our entire Windows network with your MAC? Oh, nice side note, you need RDP sessions to do it :p. That means you CAN’T manage squat form your MAC, an RDP session puts you ON a Windows machine, once there you’re NOT on your MAC anymore. Quit whining. I agree primarily with Dave on this one thus…you lose :p

    • BY itguy08 says:

      First of all, it’s Mac, not MAC. MAC is a networking term, Mac is the computer.

      And it doesn’t matter how you admin them – I’d rather admin right on a DC anyway. The fact is the Mac can do everything the Windows machine can do. And it can do it better, cheaper (from a TCO perspective), and with less headaches.

  6. BY IT Guy says:

    Sorry, this was an interesting article until I saw the source. The fact that 66% of a small number is still very small is all due to Apple. When they make it such that their products can fit into Windows AD domains, and connect with NTFS shares then the argument will be more compelling. However, outside of various iThingys being used, finding a position as a Mac SysAdmin will still be analogous to going on a snipe hunt.

    • BY itguy08 says:

      Ignorance must be bliss.

      OS X can join an AD domain out of the box. It can connect to “NTFS Shares” – not sure what they are – most shares are presented as CIFS or SMB. But Macs can connect there too. They use Samba for now and Apple’s home grown Samba variant in Lion.

      OS X can fit into an AD domain quite nicely. Been there, done that, have the T-shirt.

      So yes they can fit quite happily in the corporate environment.

      • BY IT Guy says:

        Look here’s the thing… CEO of my company comes in with two large Apple boxes from the Apple store. We uncrate two Mac’s and want to add them to our 2003 domain and AD. We spend 30 minutes trying to do what should take 3 including the reboot. Apple documentation was hard to get a hold of, and the Genius Bar guys couldn’t help. What we did find out is that adding Mac’s in to AD would require it’s own OU, and though it could mount NTFS shares ( shares on a windows server) It couldn’t write to them.
        Apple really needs to go farther on learning to play well with others. From what we see they demand more of our time per machine, and that makes it difficult to justify to upper level managent. They still are the Prima Dona’s of enterprise IT.

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