Making Room for Choice
According to industry surveys, more than two-thirds of larger organizations have said that they would let users select a Mac as their work system. While Mac has always been a part of certain departments, such as advertising and design, and a key platform in vertical industries, corporate buying a Mac has increased in recent years. In many cases, they are becoming a standard option for organizations and the enterprise.
So, what’s driving organizations to offer Mac as a platform choice? The concept of “bring your own computer” is taking hold, where field teams and remote workers are buying their own computers, and many are choosing Mac. Mobility is another reason, with the popularity of the iPhone and iPad driving Mac growth. And, virtualization is also major driver, with Apple proving to be a key platform for virtualization, allowing IT run to Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X on a Mac.
But the most compelling driver is linked to the consumerization of IT. Today’s up and coming workforce has always had access to technology and is quite knowledgeable. Organizations must consider that their future employees are today’s students. A large majority of these students have selected Mac as their platform. When these students enter the workforce, organizations will have to decide if they want to teach their new employees how to use a “new to them” OS—or if it will be simpler to offer them choice in the platform they use to do their jobs.
Evaluating the Technical Merits
The combination of these factors may be driving you to consider Mac, but you may still be unsure how well they will work for your organization. However, there are many technical reasons to support offering the choice of Mac. Mac OS X is renowned for its great ease of use, giving users a stable work environment. It includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 and 2010, built in Mail, Address Book, and iCal, and many more organization-friendly features, making it a first-class equal partner on the network.
Access to the Best of Both Worlds
If your users want to run Mac OS X, but still need to run key applications that are dependent on Windows, there are options. Third party apps, from Parallels and VMware for example, allow for full virtualization. And a Mac can boot into Windows natively using Boot Camp. This gives you the ability to switch to a Mac even if you are uncertain about leaving your previous platform behind.