Last week, while meeting with a CIO for an influential private equity firm, I heard my first direct objective evidence that the Apple iPad is influencing enterprise adoption of iMacs and Macbooks. Seems the senior executives of said PE firm have been so delighted with the iPad user experience, they asked the CIO to initiate a rip and replace of Windows XP machines with Apple hardware so that all employees could benefit from the streamlined and more intuitive Apple experience. While Macs were used on a limited basis in this environment, a full-scale conversion was only begun after the iPad had been introduced and so warmly received.
Many pontifications have been written debating whether iPhones and iPads would spur enterprise adoption of other Apple hardware. It seems logical, and now with the ability for Macs to run Wintel apps using virtualization another migration obstacle melted away.
For this PE firm, users can choose Mac Office 2011 or the Windows equivalent. All network identity, printing and shared drives work seamlessly between OS X or the Windows virtual partition.
How ’bout them apples?