Apple in the workplace
Do you love it or loathe it?
Mini Poll Apple's success as a manufacturer of consumer electronics is beyond question. The kit has become an accepted part of many people's lives, and the brand is one of the most well respected and desired on the planet.
You might think this is good or bad. You might not care. This is secondary to the fact that the Apple phenomenon is with us and it has consequences that cannot be ignored.
While some point to Apple's innovation and knack for making technology and services highly accessible for the masses as a force for good, others highlight its controlling and often proprietary behaviour - arguably stimulating the reversal of a 20 year old trend towards openness and interoperability.
But what happens when all of this spills over into the world of business IT? We used to talk about "Mac creep" taking place in different parts of the organisation as users made unilateral decisions, independently of IT, to acquire Apple via local budgets or expense accounts. More recently, with the iPhone, it seems less of a creep and more of explosion - at least that's the perception, as Apple handhelds are apparently getting hooked up to corporate Exchange and Domino servers across the world. There is then the iPad, which comes out of the box almost begging to be hooked into the corporate network.
Many people are so taken with Apple kit that they naturally want to bring it into the workplace or persuade their organisations to "go Apple" in preference to Microsoft, Nokia and other corporate incumbents. It's the most prominent example of the consumerisation of IT in action.
What's not to like? After all, if users get the kit they want, they are more likely to make full use of it for business advantage, aren't they? And if they are willing to spend their own money to acquire it, that's even better, isn't it?
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You know why your locked down don't you?
Its not a personal attack on your intelligence as a lot of people I have worked with are reasonably tech savy and would quite easily be able to handle a PC / MAC / Whatever without killing it. In my 12 years experience if the normal users are not locked down they will do something wrong intentionally or not and the majority are not those tech savy types.. This then causes a lot more work for IT the departments, which only seem to get smaller in size.
Does the machine allow you to do your work? I assume yes then what is the problem? You cannot install xyz player you want? Have you even thought about compatibility issues and the increase in support needed to open up a lot of the settings?
I do agree that not allowing to font smoothing is a bit to far. The only thing I can think of there is that it may break an internal app?
The openness the article was talking about is open standards. Not corporate policies.
I can't wait to see all the thoughtful, considered and objective opinions you'll get on this one..
Macs in Corporate?
I rub shoulders with a lot of PC techies of varying degrees of experience/expertise due to my sales job. The consensus about allowing Macs into the corporate scene seems to revolve around making sure they are restricted in numbers and/or sidelined and sometimes deliberately compromised, purely to give the impression to upper management that they are a PITA. The reasoning behind this is that they require far less support and techie jobs need to be protected.
Windows is the problem
You're blaming the Mac because you don't have UNIX servers using open protocols?
We've got a few Macs here in our corporate environment, and although they are elegant in their design, their integration to a Windows Domain leaves much to be desired. We've had numerous problems with computers binding to the domain. This appears to stem from an issue with Apples Bonjour network stack and the way they integrate mDNS services. Help from Apple support is marginal at best and each new update to OS X almost always ensures more issues on an integration standpoint. I would tread very lightly if someone came to me asking for this integration in the future.