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Half of the enterprise is issuing Macs, 21% of workers use Apple products

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A new study indicates around half of all large companies with 1,000 employees or more are buying Macs, while over a fifth of all "information workers" are now using at least one Apple product to do their work.

Apple's resurgence among business users was profiled in a report by Forrester analyst Frank Gillett entitled "Apple Infiltrates The Enterprise."

It further noted that companies buying Macs plan to increase their purchases by 52 percent this year. The study was based on interviews with 3,300 Information Technology decision makers and an additional 10,000 workers across 17 countries.

Forrester charted dynamic growth for Macs among enterprise users, noting that the percentage of companies issuing Macs to their workers has grown from 30 percent in 2009 to 37 percent in 2010 and 46 percent over the last year.




The research firm notes that among companies that deploy Macs, 7 percent of all computers being issued are now Macs.

Adoption by demographic

The firm notes that 15 percent reported using at least one Apple product (such as a Mac, iPad or iPhone), while an additional 6 percent said they used two or more. Eleven percent said they used an iPhone, while 9 percent said they used an iPad and 8 percent reported using a Mac for work.




It also points out that Apple devices in general are most popular among workers with a senior position, higher wages and among younger workers.

"Most of our sample of 10,000 global info workers earns less than $50k," the report stated, "but the adoption rate of Apple products is almost 17% even in the bottom quartile of workers who make less than $12k per year."
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I'm the only person in our office of 25 or so that has a Mac. We are one program away from having half the office converted. Come on adobe- this year allow acrobat to be fully functional for Mac and not a crippled version of itself.

Before anyone comments- I've tried dozens of other programs, spoke with the owners and developers, and there is nothing in the Mac world to simulate sharpdesk. Acrobat does on windows.... Just not Mac. Come on Adobe- this is your year to get a dozen licenses from us.

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Apple will never get to 2% this way!
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Completely unrelated, but I deleted all of my iCloud backups and restored all of my iOS devices to start fresh today. It's a nice feeling. Roll on iPad 3 with Siri (it won't have Siri)
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I'm the only person in our office of 25 or so that has a Mac. We are one program away from having half the office converted. Come on adobe- this year allow acrobat to be fully functional for Mac and not a crippled version of itself.

Before anyone comments- I've tried dozens of other programs, spoke with the owners and developers, and there is nothing in the Mac world to simulate sharpdesk. Acrobat does on windows.... Just not Mac. Come on Adobe- this is your year to get a dozen licenses from us.

Have you tried Fusion or Parallels?

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This could be interesting. I wonder how Slaphappy is going to use this to show that Apple is doomed.
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The fact it is the most senior people who get Macs suggests it is a status symbol. Become a director, get an fancy company car and an expensive laptop.
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The fact it is the most senior people who get Macs suggests it is a status symbol. Become a director, get an fancy company car and an expensive laptop.

Or maybe the most senior people have the greatest need for flexibility and powerful tools.
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Have you tried Fusion or Parallels?



This could be interesting. I wonder how Slaphappy is going to use this to show that Apple is doomed.

Ive used parallels before- great program. But I'm not gonna switch to all Mac if we have to run it under windows 95% of the time. Heck- 5% is too much to be on windows.

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The fact it is the most senior people who get Macs suggests it is a status symbol. Become a director, get an fancy company car and an expensive laptop.

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Or maybe the most senior people have the greatest need for flexibility and powerful tools.

No doubt- I'm much much much more efficient since the switch. And work is always at my fingertips (both good and bad).

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I'm the only person in our office of 25 or so that has a Mac. We are one program away from having half the office converted. Come on adobe- this year allow acrobat to be fully functional for Mac and not a crippled version of itself.

Before anyone comments- I've tried dozens of other programs, spoke with the owners and developers, and there is nothing in the Mac world to simulate sharpdesk. Acrobat does on windows.... Just not Mac. Come on Adobe- this is your year to get a dozen licenses from us.

It would be better if Aple came out with an improved pro version of Preview.
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Or maybe the most senior people have the greatest need for flexibility and powerful tools.

A couple other reasons...
  • Senior people have the greatest pull in getting what they want.
  • Senior employees are most likely in management positions where the OS can become mostly irrrelevant to an employee that mostly gets information from standard email, browsers and network-based files.

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The fact it is the most senior people who get Macs suggests it is a status symbol. Become a director, get an fancy company car and an expensive laptop.

Ever considered they care about reducing the need for tech support and improving user productivity. Macs are not status symbols, they are simply better computers with a superior OS that people love using. They are in fact lower cost in the long run.
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Completely unrelated, but I deleted all of my iCloud backups and restored all of my iOS devices to start fresh today. It's a nice feeling. Roll on iPad 3 with Siri (it won't have Siri)

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Ever considered they care about reducing the need for tech support and improving user productivity. Macs are not status symbols, they are simply better computers with a superior OS that people love using. They are in fact lower cost in the long run.

Or that they work better for business travelers: lighter, smaller form factor, better battery life, less security vulnerabilities, easier Wifi connectivity, less support, easy to get replacement parts in the field, etc.
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Basically, the "middle-aged corporate drone"-type worker favors Windows over Mac, simply because they can't live without their powerpoint, outlook, and excel. Hell, they're trolling on these forums with comments like "Enterprise hates Apple."

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Or maybe the most senior people have the greatest need for flexibility and powerful tools.

Or maybe they just want Macbook Air.
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In one story I read, CTOs are not only using Macs, but referring to the WinPCs of others as "typewriters." When CTOs begin to view WinPCs this way, it is just a matter of time before Macs take over the enterprise.

The "scary" thing (for PCs and they do not realize it yet) but this is a bit like an avalanche coming. It builds slowly, but when it reaches a critical point, it becomes unstoppable.
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If these numbers are even halfway close to accurate ( and the sample size suggests thats possible) then microsoft has major issues going forward :-)
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My company is pretty small - just abot 20 people in it. I am the only one using a Mac here. The only reason why I was able to get my boss to get me one was because it could run Windows as well. We do only .NET development, so Windows is a must for us.

I tried Parallels 7 and VMWare Fusion 4. I ended up buying VMWare Fusion since Amazon had a very good discount in addition to the VMWare discount, during Black Friday. However, I think I should have bought Parallels instead. I just felt it performed a little better. And I should have read some VMWare faqs before I started using it in earnest. I cannot use MS Office now since the number of activations has been exceeded! I mostly stick to Bootcamp now.
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Ive used parallels before- great program. But I'm not gonna switch to all Mac if we have to run it under windows 95% of the time. Heck- 5% is too much to be on windows.

I suggested Parallels or Fusion because you implied that you were ready to make the switch except for one program. I was assuming that you did more with your computers than run Acrobat, so why would you be running Windows 95% of the time?
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Another reason is the massive licensing fees Microsoft charges on a annual basis.
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Assume that this report is US only?

Wish my company in the UK would let me use a Mac, heck I would buy the machine myself and donate it to them if they would!
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I suggested Parallels or Fusion because you implied that you were ready to make the switch except for one program. I was assuming that you did more with your computers than run Acrobat, so why would you be running Windows 95% of the time?

I'm at an environmental lab and we use FileMaker as our database, it generates reports, etc. We generate hundreds of pages daily, and have a program called "sharpdesk" (antiquated but awesome) that installs like a driver that we print to. With that, we print PDFs word and excel files to, and then rearrange and merge the pages (approx 30-40 per report). We don't use acrobat now, we just print to sharpdesk.

The only Mac program that gets close (forget the name) allows for exporting PDF and word, but not excel to rearrange- id have to manually convert the excel document to pdf, then manually add it to the other files- doable, but time consuming x 100s of reporte a week. Adobe doesnt allow word or excel on the mac version (only windows). So there isn't a viable solution. It isn't 95% of the time- that was an exageration, but it's probably 80% for my other employees that handle reports (Im the marketing guy so I don't).

My qa/qc officer and her assistant (2 most important report writers), and president all have macs at home and would love to have it there, but there is no realistic time saving option unfortunately.

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Assume that this report is US only?

Wish my company in the UK would let me use a Mac, heck I would buy the machine myself and donate it to them if they would!

Not sure... I'd assume worldwide only because for income it says "converted to us dollars"

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