Originally Posted by alexkhan2000
You make it sound like million is more than a billion? Perhaps you meant to switch that around?
I think Macs are great for small businesses (which may be from a one-man shop to 1000 employees), but I don't see Macs being adopted by many companies larger than that and I don't think Apple is really interested in the large enterprise market. It seems Apple is content to let Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP, etc. duke it out with their $300~$500 PC's.
Adopted is a strange word! Macs are certainly used by large corporations, maybe not as the primary computer but certainly in some aspects they are popular. More so now that companies are learning the dangers of homogeneous networks of computers. It doesn't take much these days to shut down an entire facility with a virus or other malware on Windows machines.
A more balanced selection of hardware can go a long ways to eliminating these issues. Frankly that is why Linux is gaining ground as it allows for servers that don't have the same vulnerability as Windows.
As to those $500 dollar computers even corporations are learning their lessons there. Such hardware can't perform well with the overhead of virus checkers, network management tools and other software.
Fortunately, I work in a small company (around 40 employees) and we're completely Mac, so that's cool but I've worked in much a larger company (over 3,000 employees) and it was mostly PC's. To large companies, using the cheapest PC's available is one of the best ways to keep costs down short of laying people off.
Yes that seems to be the mentality. But then because they are buying bottom end hardware it ends up having to be replaced more frequently. Plus once it get to the end users they generally have to upgrade the hardware to make it useful. I have first hand knowledge here with an IT department that would buy PC's with so little RAM that they could barely run the software installed from MS, much less real apps.
In many cases it is a question of making the IT budget look good and pushing the cost of viable hardware onto the using department. In other words it is corporate mentality that wouldn't be tolerated in a small company. Especially considering a small company would want to make sure that each employee wash adequately supplied with hardware to do an effective job.
However what is becoming obvious is that the poor management of these corporate IT departments has lead to some glaring problems with PC's in these environments. In the end I think you will be seeing more holistic approach to managing PC isn large corporations in the future. One thing that is likely to go is the idea that the IT departments can dump marginal PC's on to user departments to help their budgets. In the end it is more costly than buying the right hardware in the first place. This is something that small companies understand better.