Eight in 10 business now have Macs

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In just two years, the number of business using Macs has almost doubled to 80%, according to researchers at Yankee Group.

Laura DiDio told Computerworld that a survey of 700 senior IT admins and executives also revealed an increase in the number of actual users. It's remarkable, she says, because "Apple Inc. has put little to no official effort into that part of the market."

The odd reason given as a driving force: virtualization. However, in explaining why, the article veers into simply using Macs to run Windows in boot camp. Either way, someone interesting's going on!

8 in 10 [Computerworld]

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9 Comments

  1. Uh, yeah.

    Anything Laura DiDio writes is immediately suspect in my opinion. This is the same nutter who shilled for SCO for years, and once disguised an inane slumber party in a haunted house as journalism.

    There may very well be a rise in Mac use in business – I know I’ve seen it at my own workplace – but the problem is that Apple makes consumer products. People are buying Apple computers for business for one reason only; they’re currently cool. I think a more interesting statistic would be the number of business-types running Macs that don’t have Parallels running Windows. I bet it’s a really small number.

  2. Given DiDio’s rep, maybe Rob meant it when he said “someone interesting’s going on!”

  3. Using Macs, or using Macs exclusively?

    My last job there was one guy the insisted in bringing in his on MacBook. Our IT guy was a drunk, so the job of getting it working on the network fell to me. What a pain in the ass that was was. But Mr. MacBook user would count towards this statistic, even if he was the only one that was too good to use his desktop PC and work-supplied thinkpad.

  4. Even before reading Anon and Nerdler, my reaction was *cough* bullsh*t.
    then it was OK… out of 10,000 unMacs they have a “couple around here somewhere.”
    I have been Mac at work since MacSE, and it’s sitting on the counter while I work on a PC – Microsoft’s new CMO needs only to tell IT people:
    The web works better on Windows.

    The only reason I keep the Mac running is because of the archived material.

    But anytime I open a doc or spreadsheet, it’s sent to Google Apps for future reference.

  5. sounds like a load of bull crap to me I take it when they say 8 -10 they mean the states because def not in the UK, Does that include the old mac classic stuck in a store room that has not been used for years

  6. There may very well be a rise in Mac use in business – I know I’ve seen it at my own workplace – but the problem is that Apple makes consumer products. People are buying Apple computers for business for one reason only; they’re currently cool. I think a more interesting statistic would be the number of business-types running Macs that don’t have Parallels running Windows. I bet it’s a really small number.

    Is this the same bullshit distinction between having a “consumer” account and a “business” account for Internet bandwidth?

    The knee-jerk anti-Apple spiteful rebellion is so tired. Macs aren’t just cool; they’re legitimately better than Windows PCs.

    The real insight into why OSX (on Apple hardware) is superior to cheap Windows boxes is that they require an order of magnitude less IT money and effort to administer.

    Deploying Windows in the workplace requires at the very least licensing Kaspersky anti-spyware software for every PC, and then an army of IT staff to keep them all working. Windows tends to naturally spoil over time, like meat in a refrigerator, eventually requiring a complete reinstall.

    Whereas deployments of Apple hardware with OSX require so little maintenance that if you have competent hiring practices such that all of the employees are computer-savvy, the company could get away without hiring any IT staff.

    Computers are always cheaper than people; so while the cost of Apple hardware might seem like an exorbitant premium, don’t forget to factor in the salaries of your IT payroll. Layoff the humans and buy some better robots (i.e. computers) for greater productivity.

  7. The #1 reason I recommended that my office buy Macs was the IT factor. We have a few PCs in the office for graphic design work, and I use my own Thinkpad, but every Mac in the office is X number of fewer hours a year sorting out ridiculously stupid Windows issues. If MS could level the field in that one area, Apple’s days as a hardware company would be numbered.

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