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Chicago (IL) - Mac's growing market share apparently is causing IT professionals pause to reconsider Macs as a business tool, helped by the so-called enterprise consumerization trend. Apple on its part is trying to convince big businesses with complete hardware and software solutions. In the meantime, five major companies that provide specialized Mac business solutions have formed an alliance to promote and simplify the integration of Macs into a Windows-dominated business world.

Parallels, LANrev, Atempo, GroupLogic and Centrify, all companies that provide Mac enterprise solutions, announced the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA) aimed solely at promoting the deployment and use of Macs in the enterprise. Since each of these companies already has solutions to address a Mac integration into the Windows-dominated enterprise, the EDA hopes that it can attract further interest into Macs through this newly formed organization. The alliance will host a series of online and offline events to spread the word and provide IT professionals with knowledge resources that shed light on questions such as how a Mac can be integrated into a corporate Windows environment.

According to a recent Yankee Group survey, approximately 80% of businesses already run Macs within their network. Nearly one quarter of the 700 surveyed businesses indicated that they have a "significant" number of Macs installed. Yankee concluded that the results suggest a "significant, steady and sustained adoption of Mac and OS X Leopard in the enterprise."

Market researchers explained that the consumerization of enterprise markets contributes to new Mac purchases to some extent. Consumer computers and gadgets, such as the iPhone, are finding their way into the enterprise, but Apple's Mac OS X apparently can also cope with security and reliability needs in enterprises. "Apple's strong marks in security, features, performance, usability and reliability are indicative of the qualities customers' value when purchasing hardware and operating system software," Yankee said.

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i wonder how this will go if it pulls through, seeing pcs being replaced with easier to use comps
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I don't see why they are trying to get Macs more widely used, people don't like new things (like Vista) and they don't have any real advantages that i have seen.
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they don't have any real advantages that i have seen.
This is exactly why it won't work well.

Not only will it cost extra money to integrate macs into an existing infrastructure (active directory and what not), but it will also cost money to train many employees to use them.

Yes they are simple to use, but it still takes a while before an employee's productivity will return to normal if they haven't ever used one.
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Not only will it cost extra money to integrate macs into an existing infrastructure (active directory and what not), but it will also cost money to train many employees to use them.

Yes they are simple to use, but it still takes a while before an employee's productivity will return to normal if they haven't ever used one.
From what I seen (in small companies) it is more that employees want to use a mac.

Then the trouble comes to the admin.
Stuff like Mac crashing more often than Vista, problems with document sharing (different fonts, filetypes) and sudden disappearing network folders on the mac (win/linux server)....


Therefore the step is into the right direction.
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I don't see why they are trying to get Macs more widely used, people don't like new things (like Vista) and they don't have any real advantages that i have seen.
OSX has a lot more useful tools than Vista, which really doesn't bring much to the table to begin with.

I'd like to see Microsoft get off their ass and do it right, and having Apple try to push them off the business sector might do just that.
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OSX has a lot more useful tools than Vista, which really doesn't bring much to the table to begin with.

I'd like to see Microsoft get off their ass and do it right, and having Apple try to push them off the business sector might do just that.
Examples?
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dont turn this into another mac vs pc thing plz -.-

besides i use a mac and i know many companies that use only macs
macs are reliable and have less viruses and bugs to worry about
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dont turn this into another mac vs pc thing plz -.-

besides i use a mac and i know many companies that use only macs
macs are reliable and have less viruses and bugs to worry about
And you'll see that reliability drop and Mac viruses/bugs increase as Macs become more popular.

Why do you think there aren't nearly as many viruses for Macs? Because the people who make viruses DON'T CARE ABOUT MACS. Why create a virus for OSX when you can make a virus for Windows, the OS that houses the majority of important data as far as large businesses and such are concerned?

Mac users just don't get that their own lack of problems is directly related to their low popularity in comparison with Windows.
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dont turn this into another mac vs pc thing plz -.-
The very nature of this business makes consumers ALWAYS compare both OS's. That's kind of the point. Otherwise we'd never figure out which one was better. And when it comes down to it, that's the only thing that matters to most forum warriors.
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