There’s no doubt that integrating Apple Devices into your enterprise brings confirmable benefits to your organization. A large percentage of your users are already partial to them because they own them personally. This combination of preference and familiarity with the Apple platform translates into greater employee morale and productivity. Apple devices also have reduced costs over the complete product life cycle, which makes the bean counters happy. There’s a lot of great reasons to assimilate Apple products into your environment, but despite the best of intentions, IT may still be reluctant to take that first step.
There are few personnel positions in your organization that don’t interact with technology. That means that your users need some type of device to work with to access the applications, data and communication tools they need to do their job. But what type of device is best? Put aside any premonitions you might have concerning any of the client platforms available today and let’s imagine what qualities the perfect business work device must include today.
In 1981, the classic British rock group, The Kings, sang, “Give the people what they want.” Companies are now giving their employees what they want as well when it comes to their company computing devices. What they want is choice. This should be of no surprise to anyone familiar with today’s technology climate as it is simply a natural extension of the Consumerization of IT. IDG Enterprise defines the CoIT as “the propensity for users’ experiences with technology as consumers to impact their expectations regarding their technology experiences at work.” Employees today want to have a say in the technology and tools they use at work, which makes sense, because we all prefer working with what we are comfortable with.
Apple is one of the greatest comeback success stories for technology. Since the mid-1980s, the Mac computer grew from owning only five-percent of the computer market to dominating it today. While loyal Apple users demand the ability to use their devices in the workplace, enterprises and IT have pushed back since their products are expensive and not easily adaptable to the enterprise mobility setting. As Apple grows and continues to dominate the market, IT is shifting its thoughts on the use of these products and devices in the organization.