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Capital & Regional: Macs are smarter money

updated 02:30 pm EDT, Tue July 10, 2007

"Macs are smarter money"

Property asset management company Capital & Regional may turn to Mac desktops as well as Linux systems in an effort to reduce its dependency on Microsoft. The UK-based firm has roughly 700 PC users and is currently running Windows XP Pro as well as Office XP Pro, according to News.com, but CIO Richard Snooks is criticizing Microsoft's approach to licensing its software. "I feel we are being railroaded, and the market generally forced (us) into a corner or even a cul-de-sac," Snooks said. "In a free market, we have made Microsoft dominant, and now we have the collective responsibility to reverse this situation to re-establish balance and competition. If I am being driven down the Vista route, then an Apple Mac is smarter money and cheaper."




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  1. schwie

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yes!

    Its refreshing to hear a CIO critically analyze an organization's dependence on Microsoft technology. I hope he executes and purchases Mac/Linux based equipment.

  1. tbo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    nope!

    He won't switch. People are moaning and groaning, but they won't switch, because the IT department will give tehm h***. And MS surely has a few nice offers...

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: nope

    Well it depends. If this guy said that, then maybe he isn't a slave to his IT department like most corporations. When did corporations lose their collective spine and forget that IT departments work for them, and not the other way around?

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who needs IT?

    If they were using Macs, not only would it be cheaper, they would need far fewer people in their IT departments. Macs basically run themselves, do not need all the "special" attention that PCs do and you do not need an IT specialists to change the time on a Mac.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sh - it

    (sh)IT departments.

    Just thought Id mention that.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    IT Problems

    [quote]"If they were using Macs, not only would it be cheaper, they would need far fewer people in their IT departments. Macs basically run themselves, do not need all the "special" attention that PCs do and you do not need an IT specialists to change the time on a Mac. "[/quote]

    Ah.. no, wont make a difference. Most IT issues are network, bad software and really stupid users.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ballmer to the rescue

    We have heard this in the past from other large companies. If they are a large/prominent enough customer, Ballmer will hop on a plane and pay them a visit, and give them an uber-sweetheart deal on licenses to shut them up. Quite a few companies use the "that's it, we're switching!" bit as a ploy to get such a deal-- much like you or I will call and threaten to cancel a credit card to get a lower interest rate, or something like that.

    Until I see a news report that a company actually HAS switched, I don't believe they are serious about switching.

  1. McDave

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: IT Problems

    "Ah.. no, wont make a difference. Most IT issues are network, bad software and really stupid users."

    All of which are cured by sensible design ('stupid' users generally aren't stupid). Apple has it, MS never will.

    McD

  1. McDave

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: re: nope

    "When did corporations lose their collective spine and forget that IT departments work for them, and not the other way around?"

    When they realised IT had them by the short & curlies. IT has become a self-serving/perpetuating disaster. Business mis-applies IT constantly and forgets that productivity tools can hinder as well as help (guess which one is more common). I'm even writing this on a work machine when I should be calling clients!

    Switching to Mac would be professional suicide without incredibly strong management & that's too rare these days.

    McD

  1. itguy05

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    CIO = The IT Department

    "He won't switch. People are moaning and groaning, but they won't switch, because the IT department will give tehm h***. And MS surely has a few nice offers."

    He IS The IT department - Don't like it, you're fired. Simple as that.

    And unless MS really sweetens the pot with $0 licenses and tons of training dollars they may well switch.

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