Change already occurred
Parallels recently released a survey exploring Mac use in small and medium-sized enterprises; it discovered that 55 percent of companies are now Mac-friendly, and this also extends across a broad selection of businesses.
Who is using the Macs? But it had been IT departments making the most use of the goods, the survey found. What’s IT using these Macs for? Software development, apparently, possibly reflecting the requirement to make cross-platform programs for connected enterprise — or perhaps because the cost of ownership is lower and the stage more reliable — as both SAP and IBM have previously confirmed.
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A lot of these Macs reflect the trend toward BYOD in the majority of enterprises, even though it’s slightly concerning that several of these private devices used on the job”lack device control and management.” (Use Jamf or something, folks.)
It’s also interesting that these Mac deployments in business are worldwide — though just 9% of SMBs have over 1,000 Macs across their organization.
Why use Mac?
The study indicates the main driver for use for most businesses is performance, with Macs perceived as the ideal tool for the job. Security, Apple device compatibility, ease-of-use and the fact workers favor using Macs can also be cited as major factors.
Employees already want to take the apparatus they use in your home to work, and at home they frequently use Macs. However, the principal reason not to use a Mac at this time seem to be”worries about application compatibility.”
That last component will raise some alarm bells within Apple, given that we now expect to be informed of their company’s strategies to migrate Macs to its own self-developed ARM-based A-series chips: Will these run Windows? Will these new breed of Macs be harmonious with the sometimes enterprise-unique software the company’s growing business market needs?
We might see in WWDC 2020.
The cost of possession of Macs against PCs remains a stubborn myth which impedes Apple’s growth in the enterprise area. While IBM has gone on the record to state that over a per-device foundation, Macs work out considerably cheaper to run than PCs in the long term, that initial sales price nevertheless gives enterprise IT buyers pause for consideration.
Obviously, IBM first began challenging the”Macs are more expensive” trope back in 2016 when it clarified how it saves over $500 when workers choose a Mac rather than a Windows PC for work.
It’s possible that a move to its own chips may allow Apple Case to offer Macs at lower prices, but that is unlikely given the company usually pushes the worth envelope in taste to cost. In any event, we must wait and see whether this flips the needle of enterprise market share — that the needle is flipping should not be in doubt.
This tallies with current Changewave information that showed Apple as a leading three vendor in the business space, which is a position that would have been unthinkable not long ago.