BYOD boosts Macs vs. PCs

By John S. Webster, Network World |  Consumerization of IT, BYOD, computers

"Employees are happier and that makes them more productive. In addition, our fearless leader, Jim Lanzone, is a big supporter of using Macs, and that has given the program a fantastic boost. We might see over time that 90% of employees want Macs," he adds.

At Cambridge, Mass.-based Caregroup, CIO John Halamka, says that given the demand for OSX and iOS in the user community, it is the responsibility of CIOs to embrace, manage and support these devices.

"At present, we have about 12,000 Windows devices, 1,000 iPads, 4,000 iPhones, and 2,000 Mac OSX devices," he says.

Management: The final frontier

Dave Johnson at Forrester says to reduce management challenges when Macs are brought into a corporate setting, IT departments should determine which employees are good candidates for BYOC.

They should also take into account things like access privileges and regulatory issues. At the high end, they need to assess user sophistication, and identify groups of employees who can take care of themselves.

"There are a couple of ways to do this once you decide on your approach. You can deliver the Windows desktop to the Mac, and expand self-support. Software such as Casper Suite does a really good job with this," he says.

Other management software that has been released for the Mac include Parallels, Moka Five, Orchard Parc, Centrify and Group Logic.

  • Moka Five provides a standardized way to deploy VMware desktop virtualization on Macs.
  • Orchard Parc provides OPUS, which lets Macs work with Windows without the need for a virtual machine and hardware.
  • Centrify Direct Control for Mac OS X integrates with Active Directory and Windows Group Policy.
  • Group Logic solves the problem of Macs accessing Windows for file sharing.
  • Parallels Desktop allows users to run Windows apps on their Macs, and Parallels Management Suite for Microsoft System Center provides for cross-platform management.

Of course, Mac integration into the enterprise still has some minor kinks to be worked out.

There are still some issues with high-end graphics, says IAVO Scientific's Heric.

Elsewhere, at Lighthaus Design, which began to bring in Macs in greater numbers several years ago, other issues arose, says Glenn Romanelli, president, CEO and creative director at the Web development company.


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