Gartner: Enterprise IT will accept Apple Macs next year the way PCs are accepted today

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By next year, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) Macs will be as accepted by enterprise IT as Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) PCs are today, predicted David Mitchell Smith, vice president and fellow at research firm Gartner.

"Apple will continue to benefit from consumerization and will continue to evolve Macs to take on more iOS characteristics, which will contribute to acceptance of Macs in the enterprise," Smith observed.

By contrast, enterprise IT is not likely to embrace Microsoft's new mobile products until consumers do, since consumers are pushing the BYOD trend, not IT, he noted.

IT departments are under "extreme pressure" from management and employees to develop and deploy mobile apps to accommodate BYOD and increase customer engagement, said Ken Dulaney, vice president and analyst at Gartner.

Mobile applications need to be developed using either a hybrid or native architecture in order to employ location information, notification systems, mapping capabilities, and on-device hardware, such as a camera, according to Gartner.

"Our advice would be to assume the enterprise will have to manage a large and diverse set of mobile applications that will span all major architectures," said Van Baker, research vice president at Gartner. "Enterprises should consider how applications can be enriched or improved by the addition of native device capabilities and evaluate development frameworks that offer the ability to develop native, hybrid and Web applications using the same code base. Where possible, development activities should be consolidated via cross-platform frameworks."

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