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Forrester reverses stance on keeping Macs out of enterprise

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Thu October 27, 2011

People using detours to bring Macs to work

Forrester Research has reversed an earlier policy, and is now encouraging companies to permit Macs in enterprise. Mac use is growing, the firm notes, despite 41 percent of polled companies not technically allowing employee-owned Macs. A number of businesses are even claiming the existence of a "gray market" of sorts, in which workers will trade tips on how to bypass restrictions on the platform. Forrester's David Johnson claims that the subversion is being aided by Apple through Genius Bars, support staff and online forums.

He suggests that MacBooks are a plus in the corporate world, since they are often more reliable and require less maintenance than Windows notebooks, which for instance face a greater risk of malware. Mac users are also allegedly more productive, a result of not spending time on troubleshooting. Johnson labels Mac users "HEROes," short for "highly empowered and resourceful operatives."

Forrester polling indicates that 51 percent of companies allow worker-owned Macs to access web-based email, even though only 37 percent sanction Internet access. 21 percent apiece allow access to internal networks or hosted apps and virtualization. A mere 19 percent are open to native email; 14 percent say they will implement security policies and software, while 6 percent will install corporate apps.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Employee Owned?

    That would indicate corporations are so rigid in their IT procedures and purchasing that employees had no recourse but to spend their own money on a machine that actually works better for them.

    Not only is that highly unlikely ;) but that would also be a net hardware savings for those corporations whose IT department heads have their own heads squarely placed in the round hole the sun never encroaches upon.

  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    weird graph

    I'm not going to purchase the report but after looking at this chart on several websites, I am actually surprised so many companies actually let privately-owned Macs access what I presume to be their internal website for any reasons. Where I work, we strongly discourage employees performing any company work on any privately owned computers, not just Macs (which we have a lot of). If any proprietary business information ends up on a personally-owned computer, the hard disk is the companies; no exceptions. I personally agree with the 41% of companies that don't allow anything.

    Employees should not have to bring their own equipment to work, that's the responsibility of the company. I hope AppleInsider, the site linked to this article, actually purchases the report and digs a little deeper and finds statistics about companies actually purchasing Macs for their employees instead of sucking off the hard-earned income of these employees.

  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    please read my last post carefully

    I figured I'd get hit on my last comment but please understand I've been managing and operating Mac systems since 1989 for a government contractor. I can't go further than that but understand there's a reason why I disagree with companies allowing privately-owned computers of any kind access to internal networks. I also strongly disagree that employees should have to bring their own computers to work. We aren't allowed to bring privately-owned computers to work for obvious reasons.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too many corporations' IT

    departments are run by Windows-centric dicks. I guess equal opportunity doesn't extend to hardware. Steve knew this very well and that why he didn't encourage Apple to try to pander to a bunch of Windows-loving lapdogs. It doesn't matter now if employees have their say in the matter. Maybe even the bean-counters will help if it costs companies less money for employees to bring their own devices to work.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    See the light

    Far too long IT ruled as Dictators. To me IT job is to empower users. Not to control them!

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