Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Apple's Enterprise Sales Group has been quietly installing thousands of iMacs, Mac minis, Mac Pros, and Xserves in hotels and cruise ships in a new push to bring the media rich experience of Apple's retail stores to the hospitality industry .....
My company has been involved in installing "media experience" equipment in several recent hospitality industry projects
The impression given by this article is that Apple is providing free or low-priced equipment or technical support for such installations. That was not my experience.
In my projects, we selected the Apple products for technical reasons and paid the asking price, which was a few percentage points below list. We also employed independent consultants, at our own expense, to do the development work.
We selected iMacs for customer-used web browsing because they could allow multi-language log-in including double-byte languages, control log-ins and time-outs more effectively and because they looked good. The systems used X-Serves to net-boot and update the iMacs, with a pair of Mac Minis for back-up and as iTunes BGM servers, operated by an iMac at the Front Desk. The X-Serves, plus Leopard, greatly reduce support and maintenance costs (remember all those languages?).
We did evaluate Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, which supports multiple languages, but it was not able to do so transparently. As one of the above posters commented, "Surprised?"
In other words, as far as I know, hospitality industry projects are adopting Apple's products because they can meet demands, not because Apple is promoting them. If Daniel is aware of any "Push" on Apple's side in delivering their products to the industry, I would love to hear about it.
How does 1,000 rooms sound?