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Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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6/14/2014 | 3:18:13 PM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
@Michelle, I compared both laptops and "all in one" desktop units and found the price comparison to hold across both platforms.

What's really interested is what I found when I compared what I bought last year (a full-up MacBook Pro Retina) with the machines I was buying a decade ago. I got dramatically more power in every dimension for roughly half the price I once thought was very reasonable. There are certain aspects of this industry that, as a consumer, you just have to love!
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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6/13/2014 | 10:35:23 AM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
@Curt,


Good point. The entry point for Windows is much lower, but when you look at Windows machines that are specced comparably to an iMac or MacBook Pro, the Apple computers don't seem as pricey. It would be more accurate to say that Windows is more accessible in terms of price, perhaps, not necessarily that Apple is more expensive in absolute terms. Plus, if you look beyond specs (e.g. actual performance, longevity of device and amortization of investment, etc.), there are other ways to define value, many of which favor Mac.
Michelle
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Michelle,
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6/13/2014 | 10:02:34 AM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
@Curt thanks for doing the comparision shopping. I have wondered if that might happen but never took the time to see for myself.
TerryB
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TerryB,
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6/13/2014 | 9:43:00 AM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
@SaneIT  Thanks for info. And I also assume using Group Policy and wireless RADIUS is a no go to?

Sounds like more work/complication for your IT guys just so someone can say they use a Mac, don't see a lot of business reasons backing it up.  :-)
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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6/13/2014 | 9:11:59 AM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
Michael, one of the things you mention is a common piece of wisdom: "Macs are more expensive." It's certainly true that you can by a minimally configured PC for less than most Macs, but when I was looking at machines last year I found that, when I configured systems to equivalent hardware specs, Macs and Windows 8 machine were within $50 of one another.

Others' mileage may vary, of course, but my experience with this particular piece of the puzzle tells me that it might be overblown.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/13/2014 | 7:47:03 AM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
Yes we use AD and how Macs participate is a bit touch and go.  With OSX 10.5 and later you can join the Domain with your Mac.  If you have ever used SAMBA then you have a pretty good idea of how this works.  Even with a Mac connected to the domain it really isn't necessary since I have our various services tied to AD and all of the components that an employee needs can be accessed via a browser or an RDP connection.  For most of our Mac users they don't need access to anything that can't be reached via the browser so it is a fairly smooth transition until someone sends them a link that includes a Windows drive mapping.  For those that need applications that will not run on a Mac we use Terminal services to deliver apps to their Mac and they act like really expensive terminals.
TerryB
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6/12/2014 | 12:51:37 PM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
@SaneIT  Is your company an Active Directory domain user? That's probably the primary reason MAC's have never came on radar at our Win 7 standard desktop environment. Some guys that travel have iPads (no domain logons) and we support those to the extent that we can run IBM Notes Traveler on them to get email. But that is only company software (outside browser) those things can run. Even our Group license to Office 2010 does them no good.

Or can Mac's participate in Active Directory now? I really have no idea anymore, I know for a long time they could not.
Whoopty
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6/12/2014 | 11:48:03 AM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
This seems like a pretty smart way to go about it, especially if you have a mix of tech-savvy people onboard. 

Microsoft might still have the lion's share of the PC industry, but as the world changes form factors and other competitors like Linux and SteamOS become more dominant, I can see businesses needing to adapt more to accepting alternative operating systems and formats for people to perform their work on. 

With those of you that handle the IT for large numbers of enterprise users, do you have a threshold of people wanting to use a particular piece of hardware or software before you allow it?
SaneIT
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6/12/2014 | 7:33:24 AM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
I can answer that from a standpoint that I do support Macs in our enterprise.  There is not a single person who uses one because of tools that they "need" most are management level who are more comfortable with a Mac for various reasons.  Sometimes it is because they started life as A/V techs and used Macs when they were the best option for tools that they needed.  Other times it is because the UI is easier for them and still others it is just the Apple "cool" factor and we are letting them indulge.  Honestly I don't mind because it lets my team stretch and it gives us a different point of view.  We have to focus on solutions that work for everyone not just a very tightly controlled set of software and hardware.  In the end it means we deliver more flexible solutions and their life cycles are a bit longer because we have to stay ahead of the typical technology curve.
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6/11/2014 | 10:16:27 PM
Re: Macs at work: need or preference?
This is the Survey Methodology:

In April 2014, corporate IT professionals were invited to participate in an online survey on the topic of Apple device adoption and management in the enterprise. A total of 309 individuals participated, including a variety of stakeholders such as IT executives, managers and front-line IT professionals from a range of company sizes and industry verticals."

Perhaps the people who declined to participate were less interested in "Apple device adoption and management" because they worked in companies that don't use Apple. 


 
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