Macs get thumbs up in the enterprise
Most of the 200 IT decision makers surveyed by Redshift Research on behalf of Parallels believe that Macs are more reliable than Windows-based PCs, and close to half of their firms offer Macs to workers.
Close to two-thirds of respondents said that Macs are easier to support than PCs, and a similar percentage said that offering Macs would likely help attract employees.
Not surprisingly, given that Parallels supplies cross-platform enterprise device management systems, 95 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to provide Macs if they had a single central management system for both PCs and Macs.
The survey found a number of reasons enterprises are not allowing Macs onto their networks. A full 70 percent of respondents said they do not have the expertise to manage Macs, a similar percentage said that Macs cannot run Windows apps, and 53 percent cited the lack of proper management tools for Macs.
"Macs are coming into the enterprise but often are supported only reluctantly and not managed efficiently," says Parallels President Jack Zubarev.
AppleInsider noted that Macs are gaining in the enterprise market primarily as a result of the "halo effect" from iPhones, which employees are bringing into the enterprise in droves. Forrester Research projects that Apple devices (not including iPhones) will account for 11 percent of business and government IT spending in 2015, up from 8 percent in 2012.