Mac is Back

Computerworld is reporting Apple’s having the most success selling to businesses since the late 80’s:

In a just-published survey, 68% of some 700 companies polled said they will allow their end users to deploy Macs as their work systems in the next 12 months. That’s exactly double the percentage of businesses that answered the same question eight months ago, said Laura DiDio, an analyst at Information Technology Intelligence Corp. (ITIC).

“And Apple hasn’t done anything to actively promote this,” DiDio said. Instead, faced by users “begging to use a Mac,” IT managers are reacting to the “consumerization” of technology in the enterprise, she explained.

“It used to be that business computers were more powerful than the ones at home,” DiDio noted, “but just the opposite is happening now. The computers at home are more powerful than those in the office.” And users want that power where they work.

It’s about time! People love their Apple products — whether they be iPhones, MacBooks, iMacs or iPods (they’re actually little computers, too). Since so many now have Apple products at home, they want “the good stuff” at work.

I still have my Macintosh Plus — can’t part with it as it’s almost an antique. In fact, I was using it for creating and editing Quark XPress documents up until 1995. It wasn’t easy working with that small screen, but it worked! Got an iMac a while back (G3), and we’re about ready for an upgrade, with iPhones for the whole family. How can we afford it? Perhaps the $99 iPhone rumors are true after all. Talked to an AT&T rep at a Walmart this afternoon and he was coy about it (“…after the New Year, you never know…”).

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