A new survey carried out by Parallels – the company behind tools such as Parallels Desktop for Mac – suggests that businesses are warming up to Apple's OS X platform, and that many are willing to consider broader corporate adoption.
The survey, which polled more than 200 IT decision makers about their attitudes toward Macs in the enterprise, found that 45 percent of businesses currently offer their employees Macs, and that 95 percent of the businesses that don’t currently provide Macs would be more likely to offer them if they had a single central management system for both Windows PCs and Macs.
The results of the survey throw up some interesting data points that IT pros – especially those adhered to Windows only – should take note of:
- 77 percent of IT pros said that Macs are more reliable overall than Windows machines.
- 65 percent said that Macs are easier to support.
- 65 percent said that offering Macs would likely help attract employees (a very important factor given the competition for talent).
The survey also shed light on some of the roadblocks to Mac adoption:
- 70 percent cited the main reason they don’t allow Macs onto their network is because they lack the expertise to manage them.
- 68 percent said Macs aren't allowed because they are unable to run Windows apps.
- 53 percent cited the lack of proper management tools.
"This survey reinforces what we already knew: Macs are coming into the enterprise but often are supported only reluctantly and not managed efficiently," said Parallels President Jack Zubarev. "With Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition and our Mac management plug-in for Microsoft SCCM, Parallels removes two of the biggest roadblocks to Macs in the enterprise: The ability to run Windows applications on the Mac and giving IT departments a single pane of glass to manage Macs and PCs."
The new Mac management plug-in by Parallels even comes with a seal of approval from Microsoft.
"Microsoft is committed to enabling IT organizations to manage heterogeneous environments, including those that have both PCs and Macs," said Andrew Conway, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Microsoft. "System Center Configuration Manager is designed for extensibility, and the Parallels Mac Management plug-in was built to help expand and enhance System Center’s management of Macs in enterprise environments. A single team with one set of tools can use the Parallels plug-in and help decrease redundancies and reduce OPEX costs."