updated 09:55 pm EST, Mon December 15, 2008
Mac business integration
Despite Apple's limited promotion of the Mac platform to businesses, 68 percent of companies now anticipate allowing end users to bring OS X computers into their networks in the next 12 months, according to an Information Technology Intelligence Corporation survey. Laura DiDio, an analyst for ITIC, noted that the numbers mark a two-fold increase over the results of a similar survey conducted 8 months ago. She described the phenomenon as a "consumerization" of IT as many employees are "begging to use a Mac."
DiDio also considered the popularity of the iPhone as a contributing factor, along with the Boot Camp software that allows users to run Windows alongside the Mac operating system on Apple's hardware. Nearly a third of the surveyed businesses are already running Windows on Mac systems.
The problems with Vista could also be driving the business adoption of Mac. DiDio noted that many IT managers were not excited about Microsoft's current operating system, with 46 percent claiming that their company would transition directly from XP to Windows 7, compared to 8 percent that are in the process of moving to Vista.