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          Integrating Mac - Explore how you can leverage the advantages of a stable and secure Mac platform.

          Why Mac May Work for You

          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.

           

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          Performance in Mixed Environments

          Mac is designed to work in a mixed platform environment, connects into normal TCP/IP Ethernet or WiFi networks, and supports the full range of 802.11 standards plus Bluetooth. And IT can connect Mac to exchange files with Windows PCs using standard networking protocols like SMB. Plus, Mac systems can connect and share devices such as printers and external storage devices on a network, and instantly work with common PC file types, including .docx, .xlsx, .pptx, .pdf, .jpg, and many more, even if the file was created on a Windows system. The Mac supports a wide variety of web standards in addition to having native clients for the Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome browsers. Furthermore, it integrates smoothly into Windows-based security environments and Active Directory domains. Every Mac is UNIX certified and designed to be secure out of the box, with features that protect data and keep your users safer while online.

          Lower Support Costs

          Organizations may be able to lower overall support costs through a Mac deployment, as well. That same Mac ease-of-use that people experience often translates to lower tech support costs, especially for level 1 and 2 help desk support, a factor when considering total cost of ownership.

          Tips for Success

          When evaluating Mac for your environment, follow these tips for a successful pilot and implementation:

          • Start with a Proof of Concept with a small group to make sure that the technology will work as expected within your organization
          • Launch a pilot with a larger number of users to test support implications, and to make sure that there are no unexpected issues.
          • Include a detailed plan for the evaluation with upfront executive commitment to the plan.

          No matter what size your organization is, PC Connection and our Apple team can help with your evaluation process. Our Mac Client Integration Services can provide the information and recommendations you need to plan and execute a successful integration project. This gives our engineers the information they’ll need to design an integration solution that best fits your environment, goals, and budget.

          Additionally, we can custom-configure your new Mac and ship them to you for next-day delivery. Our highly trained technicians can perform a broad range of configuration services at our ISO 9001 certified lab. For more information, complete this Information Request Form, or contact your account manager at 1-800-800-0014.

           

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