Depending on who you choose to believe, Apple owns up to 9.5 percent of the general PC market and can even claim up to 4.5 percent of the corporate sector, according to Forrester Research data, up from just 1.1 percent in 2006. Now comes evidence that government, at least at the local level, is also hearing the call of the fairer platform.
However, like Mac adoption in the enterprise, the push is being lead by users in a trend that is commonly referred to as the “consumerization of IT”.
“It’s actual users bringing those technologies in, rather than the IT department bringing them in,” said Charles Smulders, managing vice president ofÂ end user client computing group Gartner told Government Technology. “That has given rise to a greater number of Apple products being part of the enterprise ecosystem.”
Moreover, there is a growing awareness of the superficiality of the Mac vs PC debate, as well as questioning of long held prerogatives of IT departments.
“I think the debate between Macs versus PCs is over,” said Vivek Kundra, Washington, DC’s chief technology officer (CTO), who has been tipped as a shortlist candidate for US CTO position in the Obama Administration. “Rather than spending a fortune on purely enterprise technology, I’ve simply moved forward and said, “˜Why can’t we use consumer technology in the enterprise space?’”
Meanwhile in San Antonio, Texas, that city is getting IT up to speed on supporting Macs because users are being given the opportunity to transition to the fairer platform. That said, city CTO, Hugh Miller, has noticed a thaw not just in user and support attitudes, but also on the part of Apple itself.
“They invited me to their annual large sales conference [in Fall 2008] to speak to their people about what the enterprise is looking for in products and how they can enhance their approach to enterprises and to executives,” said Miller.
So, is there any chance Macs will soon supplant PCs in the enterprise and government? At the moment, that isn’t even a possibility for a host of reasons, both real and imagined, including a lack of applications, a perception that Apple-branded computers cost more and the simple fact that Windows means employment for IT people…
What’s your take?