Macs Will Take Over Business Networks


Everyone knows Macs are cool. Many executives now use Macs. Mac computers may displace Windows PCs and Laptops as company computers. Many companies still use Windows computers at work even though employees own Apple products. Why not go Apple all the way? Is that what you have been waiting for?

Like in the pod days of Mainframe environments, technology has “come full circle” and today, big servers crunch data and user computers are merely interfaces to connect the user to the main servers.

Start now. Find out if you can make the switch to Mac today. Ask your IT Pros if your network is configured such that no software really runs on your computers. If so, those computers, like Thin Clients, function as screens and keyboards.

That means that your users are able to use Macs to be the screen and keyboard and still do everything that they do using a PC Desktop or Laptop.

To begin with, some of the Mac users will see the standard “Windows” desktop appear on their Mac for programs that “only run in Windows.” More and more though, you can access programs via a browser interface (Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.).

Over time, especially as IT Pros (gasp!) start to adopt this way of thinking, Macs may take over your office and you will be cooler than ever before.

VMware is a big player in virtualization technology and their VP of marketing explores this concept in more detail – including statistics about why people love Macs and why (some) IT Pros may need to take a new look at Macs: https://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2014/06/apple-enterprise-invasion.html

There are so many details, and some important decisions to make, but my goal is to keep this short. Mostly I want to pique your interest. Did it work?

Please post your comments below…


5 Responses to “Macs Will Take Over Business Networks”

  1. Joe H says:

    Perhaps Macs will take over, but it won’t be because they are “cool”. I’ve never implemented any technology in a business because it was “cool”. Technology should be implemented because it addresses a BUSINESS requirement and it “works”. I don’t recall “cool” being a legitimate business requirement.

    MAC’s don’t play well with the Microsoft Enterprise environment. When they learn to handle (or provide alternatives for) Group Policies and Active Directory, then perhaps. If the fall back is that “well, you can run a windows instance on the MAC if your MAC can’t handle an app”, then it becomes nothing more than a very expensive (but “cool”) thin client for VDI.

    When I want to pay X2 to do the same job, I buy MAC. Otherwise, I buy Windows.

    Leave “cool” for home.

  2. Mike Foster says:

    Thank you! In an effort to understand, and to allow our “executive level” readers to appreciate your comments related to VDI (and I apologize in advance for any errors in translation) Then if I’m listening properly, it seems like your comment seems to express:

    1. Making decisions about what equipment to purchase isn’t based on what is “cool.” Remember I’m a Microsoft guy through and through. But I do own and use Macs too – but mostly to run Windows. 😉 I agree totally that “cool” has nothing to do with it. Depending on what “cool” means to you.

    Some of our customers use Macs just for their architects, graphic designers, etc. because those workers refuse to use anything but a Mac. But that’s not everyone – the “I have to have a Mac at work” are by far the minority of users. Although, as you may have noticed, more and more top level executives are starting to take that stance of wanting to use Macs and not PCs for their own personal devices.

    (By the way, the term “Cool” when referencing Apple equipment is sort of an “insider joke,” intended to be humorous during speaking engagements. “My bad.” I used the term outside of context.)

    What executives say they like about (what they say is cool about) Apple products include, and are not limited to, how Apple products provide great ROI (remember, this is in the executive’s view), rarely break or malfunction, have a quick repair / replacement policy (going to local Apple store), require less maintenance such as needing patches, are more secure (again, this is in their own eyes), etc.

    And some of the executives are quick to point out that not many cars drive around sporting a little Microsoft decal on their back window – like Apple users do with their apple decals. Hence the, partially in jest, “cool” factor. 🙂

    2. Perhaps you are saying, in your second paragraph, with possible oversimplification: If people are going to use a Mac for a “screen and keyboard” to attach to a Windows server, why not just use a Windows PC? The PCs are a whole lot easier for IT Pros to maintain, and the PCs are a lot less expensive (perhaps half the price) compared to Macs.

    Right. But, more often than not, IT Pros don’t get to have the final say about technology direction. Maybe you get to make the decisions about technology at your company – and it is clear you won’t be moving to Macs anytime soon. When executives (who are sold on Apple products) make the decisions about IT strategic direction, with IT’s input, some executives will push for the Macs. The stats in the article above https://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2014/06/apple-enterprise-invasion.html may surprise you. They surprised me.

    I’m just waiting for apple to produce a touch-screen on their computers. I constantly use the touch-screens on my Windows machines. The iPad certainly has a touch screen. When will the Apple laptops sport the touchscreen?

  3. Mike Foster says:

    Jon, an executive, says: “…And “cool” doesn’t matter. Clean, simple, easy, intuitive interaction is what matters from my perspective – making me more productive. And that is followed by having an environment where far less goes wrong and maintenance is easier – minimizing disruption of my time.”

    (His words, not mine. And with the technology referred to above that will allow Macs to be the “screen and keyboard” to a Windows server, users will still see a Windows Interface. But only sometimes. As time goes on, we may see more user interfaces that may look, as Jon prefers, even more “clean, simple, easy, and intuitive” than ever before.)

  4. As a decades long Windows user, I jumped the fence to MAC about 5 years ago. I am now waiting to take delivery of my Surface Pro 3. Alas, Apple is becoming more Microsoft like every day. Service levels have slipped, Apple does not play well with other messaging platforms and quality has been suffering. I love my MB Air 11- but it has a wifi problem that has been known for over a year. Apple finally recognized it in the release notes for 10.9.4- but the update made it worse, not better. At least when things go bump in the MSFT world, I can get to the guts of the system and fix it. Apple made a big splash with 4k support, but cannot seem to make the Mail client work with Google Mail? Alas, I will give up some “cool” for a more open system and less commitment to bleeding edge technologies.

  5. Mike Foster says:

    You’ll probably love your Surface. They are wonderful machines!

    As (work users, not necessarily during “off work” personal activities) experiences become more and more similar for users of Macs and users of Windows (in other words, as users can’t tell much of a difference in their user experience when “working” doing their jobs, whether they are using Mac or Windows,) THEN the prediction is that more people will move to Macs. As of now, your experience is different and you prefer Windows.

    That prediction is based on the rising satisfaction that many (not all – obviously) users prefer their “Mac Experience” over their Windows experience.

    The statistics in this article may surprise some people: https://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2014/06/apple-enterprise-invasion.html

    Even if you aren’t a “Mac Person,” there is a good chance that someone you know already know enjoys Macs so much, that they may contribute to the movement, and Mac might eventually take over the business world.

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