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Macs in the Enterprise

­Windows PCs have been the desktop of choice for businesses for decades.  However, as Apple products continue to grow in the mobile market, Mac computers have gradually been expanding in the enterprise market.  While Windows still has a grip on the majority of office desktops, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Apple computers are prevailing in the workplace.

 

The iPhone and iPad have played a major role in opening doors for Apple in the enterprise. With more BYOD initiatives being implemented in all industries, the frontrunner for employees everywhere has consistently been the iPhone. As of 2014, 60% of businesses are supporting more than 100 Apple devices. While a great deal of these devices are in fact mobile, they have proven which type of products individual users prefer when given the choice. Apple desktops were once revered as only beneficial for creative roles like design, video editing, and photography. Today, however, this is no longer the case. The ease of use of the Apple OS has proven to be a major motive for users to request Macs over Windows PCs. In fact, according to a VMware survey based on 376 IT professionals, user preference was listed by 73% of respondents as to why they are now supporting Macs in the workplace. Other popular responses stated that Macs were easier to use, required less maintenance, and had security advantages that Windows lacked. Mass deployments, uncomplicated integration, and management capabilities are certainly beneficial to the remote, yet collaborative work being conducted in several industries today.

 

While the consumer-led initiative has helped Apple break into the enterprise market, the tech-giant has diligently been growing on many fronts. Recent partnerships with IBM and Cisco, and the release of the iPad Pro, showcase Apple’s intentions and perpetual ingenuity. A bigger and more robust screen make the iPad Pro an obvious choice for a tablet solution. The iPad Pro can be considered a significant contender in substituting office computers. Further, Cisco’s video communication and collaboration technologies can be deeply integrated with the iOS. IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities will also allow for new levels of efficiency and effectiveness alongside Apple’s famous customer satisfaction ratings.

 

While the future does look optimistic for Apple making a move into the enterprise, the journey is still under development. Apple PC shipments currently hold roughly 12% of the market share in the U.S., still behind majority holders HP and Dell. With consumer demand on the rise, and efforts backed by strong partnerships, expect to see Apple computers and tablets make great strides into the enterprise. To learn more about Mac and OS X deployment options, check out our page at creative resources.net/osx. If you would like to keep the conversation going, send us a message on our Facebook or Twitter page, or fill out a Contact form to learn about the options from one of our System Administrators.