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InformationWeek Daily - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2007
Why Business Won't Buy Apple
Its users are zealots. Its technical sophistication, ease of use, and level of innovation have long put it ahead of other computer makers and, now, it's arguably out-innovating the smartphone market. Yet more than half of businesses have no plans to buy Apple's computers, and more than 70% have no plans to buy iPhones.
In a survey of 310 business technology professionals, InformationWeek finds 37% of companies currently use Mac computers. Yet Apple can't make a dent in corporate America -- by one estimate it has just a 3% worldwide market share in computers.
Our survey helps explain why the company isn't making more inroads into a market that could be so lucrative:
Apple's ecosystem of software and developers is too small (64%)
Perceived difficulty (52%) in integrating Macs into corporate America's Windows-centric infrastructure.
A small installed base and therefore a limited track record in business (41%)
These factors likely explain why more than half (54%) of companies have no plans to buy Macs in the next six to 12 months, even though 44% of these same companies believe Apple products are more innovative than competing wares and offer greater ease of use and management (43%). Among nearly three-quarters of Mac users, the platform makes up less than one-third of their computing infrastructure.
Apple's newly launched iPhone is viewed as a strong alternative to other smartphones, including RIM's BlackBerry -- 60% say iPhone's integration of so many functions is an advantage, and 53% say it has at least some advantages over BlackBerrys.
Despite its strengths, the iPhone will have minimal impact in business; 71% of companies say they haven't purchased and aren't considering iPhones. Why?
Apple's use of an exclusive carrier, AT&T, turns off many businesses (69%)
(The survey was completed after the $200 price cut on iPhone)
The previously referenced New York Times column also notes that Apple's retreat from corporate sales and its history of retail missteps are continuing to undercut the company in business, despite the opening left by Microsoft's painful transition to Windows Vista.
If you're a business user of Apple equipment -- or you've decided against using Apple devices -- I'd be interested to know why. Offer your opinion at the InformationWeek Blog.
Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
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Are CIOs Ready for 'Active Data Warehousing'?
Speaking to a packed room of CIOs at the InformationWeek 500 conference in Tucson this morning, Stephen Brobst, the CTO for Teradata, made a compelling case that the future of data warehousing lies in "activating" the data in storage to enable automated, near-real-time decision-making to increase business' revenue.
Three To-Do Lists For Building An Innovative IT Department
Big-business IT departments have their eyes on the ground, focused on day-to-day issues of keeping the business running. That leaves CIOs locked out of the room when CEOs are deciding the direction of the company. To get a seat at the table, CIOs and IT managers need to transform their organizations to focus on innovation. Management consultant Ram Charan described what IT managers need to do to make the change.
Will A Hundred Users Share One PC?
A new desktop PC today is about 10 times more powerful than one
from about three years ago, but most of us don't use our PCs any
differently. According to startup NComputing, that means we should only need to buy a tenth as many.
Who's That Girl In The iPod Commercial?
The new iPods may look kind of squat and funny -- a site that's sprung up to cover them is called FattyNano -- but the music emanating from Apple's latest commercial was so captivating, I had to find out who the singer was.
Path to Profit: Transform your Underwriting Processes Join Insurance & Technology Editorial Director Kathy Burger, Cindy De Armond, Partner, Insurance Industry Practice, IBM Global Business Services, and Mark B. Gorman, Strategic Research Advisor, Insurance, TowerGroup, to gain insights into how integrating analytics and operations can transform the underwriting process.
Utilizing Enterprise Management Systems to Support Lean Manufacturing The pressure on manufacturing organizations has increased dramatically over the last 15 years. Lean manufacturing is now widely adopted as a strategy for focusing on customer value-adding activities through striving towards continuous improvement. This paper explores the increasing role software solutions play in supporting lean manufacturing.
ROI Case Study: SAS Business Intelligence and IBM This ROI case study provides an ROI analysis of IBM's SAS Business Intelligence (BI) solution, outlining the various challenges, costs, and benefits that were realized throughout the SAS implementation.
Shared/Privileged Account Password Management & Compliance
- e-DMZ Security
Managing privileged/shared accounts is now a growing compliance &
regulatory audit concern under SOX, PCI, HIPAA, GLBA & others.
Encrypted spreadsheets, safe/envelops & other internally
developed controls do not meet today's standards. Learn about the
issues, challenges & requirements for compliant shared/privileged
account password management.
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