This isn’t just my idea, but what IBM is doing now to save money. They are saving a lot of money.
Apparently IBM has gotten tired of the high windows costs to support. It is about time. Now the 1984 Ad will have to feature a mac finder screen instead of big brother.
Isn’t it funny that over time, the enemy of Apple has changed from IBM to Microsoft, and now it is most likely Google or Facebook? Apple is still weak in network services and both of those have a huge market. Apple doesn’t seem to be able to create the same kinds of services that they do, even with all the time they have had to do so. I can understand that coming from a PC centric way of thinking to more of a distributed way of thinking takes some time.
Apple has said in the past it is a consumer company, and many of its corporate ideas haven’t worked out. I was sad to see the Xserve go. I used them and thought they were great. I also am disappointed that Apple didn’t have better Active Directory support. It wasn’t easy and still has some issues. If they made this integration better, it would be easier for companies to adopt.
Of course you see this talk coming from a third-party who profits from this kind of integration. It is their best interests to push this. However I think it also shows the change that Windows isn’t meeting the needs of businesses anymore. That with the large amount of cloud based applications and services, the arguments for compatibility and needing Windows are largely gone.
Right now today, there isn’t any reason why a business can’t run on Macs. It’s a clear winner compared to Windows. The argument is that there aren’t enough Mac people to support it. I promise you that if you offer higher salaries, people will educate themselves and do what they will think gets the money.
Support always goes to the people who will pay the most. I promise you that from everyone I have worked with in IT.