Mac adoption in business grows, survey suggests

With Apple’s online WWDC 2020 event promising huge news for the ecosystem, spare a thought for the company’s push in to the enterprise, where most businesses already use or let the usage of Macs now.

Change already happened

Parallels recently published a survey exploring Mac used in small and medium-sized enterprise, it discovered that 55% of companies are now Mac-friendly, which extends across an easy range of industries.

Who is utilizing the Macs?

Creative and marketing departments, needless to say, nonetheless it was IT departments making probably the most use of the merchandise, the survey found. The facts using these Macs for? Software development, apparently, perhaps reflecting the necessity to create cross-platform apps for connected enterprise – or simply just because the expense of ownership is leaner and the platform more reliable, as both SAP and IBM have previously confirmed.

Lots of the trend is reflected by these Macs to BYOD generally in most enterprises, though it really is slightly concerning that lots of of the personal devices used at the job “lack device control and management,” which appears like a data problem waiting to occur. (Use Jamf, or something, guys).

It’s interesting these Mac deployments running a business are global &ndash also; though just 9% of SMBs have over 1,000 Macs across their organization.

Why use Mac?

The extensive research suggests the primary driver for use for some businesses to be performance, with Macs regarded as the very best tool for the duty.

Security, Apple device compatibility, ease-of-use and the actual fact employees prefer using Macs are cited as major reasons also.

Employees already desire to utilize the devices they use in the home at work, plus they use Macs.

If they must, many (42.2%) SMB’s use client-based visualization tools to perform Windows on the Mac (which, needless to say, Parallels makes). However, the primary reason not to work with a Mac as of this right time appear to be “concerns around application compatibility”.

That last element will raise some alarm bells within Apple hopefully, given that we have now expect to find out of the company’s plans to migrate Macs to its self-developed ARM-based A-series processors: Will these run Windows? Will these new breed Macs be appropriate for the sometimes enterprise unique applications the company’s growing business market needs?

We might learn at WWDC 2020.

The expense of ownership of Macs against PCs remains a stubborn myth that impedes Apple’s growth in the enterprise space.

While IBM went on the record to convey that on a per device basis Macs workout much cheaper to perform than PCs over time, that initial sales cost gives enterprise IT purchasers pause for thought still.

Needless to say, IBM first began challenging the ‘Macs tend to be more expensive’ trope back 2016 when it explained how it saves over $500 when employees select a Mac rather than Windows PC for work.

It is possible a move to its processors might enable Apple to provide Macs at lower prices, but that’s unlikely given the business usually pushes the worthiness envelope instead of price. Either way, we should wait and see if this flips the needle of enterprise market share — that the needle has already been flipping shouldn’t be in doubt.

The survey explains that around half the IT professionals spoken to trust Mac market share is climbing:

“As the respondents are IT professionals, many hold positions that permit them to see these trends from an authoritative vantage point (for instance, system administrators, IT managers and helpdesk staff),” it explains.

This tallies with recent Changewave data that showed Apple as a high three vendor in the enterprise space, which really is a position that could have ago been unthinkable a couple days.

With WWDC looming, it will be interesting to see from what extent Apple’s plans embrace its hard won position in the enterprise markets, also to what extent its plans move the envelope (for or against) in the area.

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