When it comes to employee productivity, few things are as beneficial as allowing each user to choose the tools that work best for them. For IT, this means creating an environment that allows employees to pick their preferred OS platform. When given the choice, many users will choose a Mac.
In part of one this two-part blog series, we discussed the recent study by Forrester Research outlining the economic impact of Macs in the enterprise. The study showed that while the initial purchase price of a Mac is $500 more than a comparable PC, its true cost is actually $50.25 less over a 3-year product cycle once hardware and software costs are accounted for. The disparity in costs is even more pronounced once supporting costs such as provisioning, deployment, help desk tickets and energy are factored in. Forrester found the resulting cost savings to be $678.56. In the end, TCO matters far more than the initial price tag.
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Let us guess, the majority of your employees prefer a Mac as their computing device of choice? Of course, it figures that their first choice is the also more expensive too when compared to a PC. Or is it? While the initial acquisition cost of a Mac device is certainly higher than a PC, the number on the price tag is not the true cost of an item. The true costs is the combined costs of maintaining the item throughout its period of ownership.
Let’s face it, the majority of your employees prefer Apple products such as iPhone, iPad and Macs over other alternatives. In fact, a 2019 survey showed that 97 percent of Mac users are more productive after switching from Windows. Because Apple allows users to personalize their devices so extensively, their devices become an extension of who they are. Apple products also help stimulate creativity and encourage collaboration amongst team members. As a result, enterprise users are embracing Apple products everywhere, creating cohesive ecosystems that are increasing levels of productivity for their organizations.
One of the smartest things a company can do to support their employees is allow them to work from their own customizable devices. Enterprise mobility and flexibility are prized in the workplace, but it also entail a lot of extra work for IT to keep corporate data secure. Fortunately, Apple’s management framework provides smart ways to manage both corporate data and apps discreetly- seamlessly separating work data from personal data while keeping users informed on how their devices are being managed.
While today’s IT environments are growing more and more complex, seemingly by the day, the process for supporting Apple devices is growing easier as well. Previously on the WEI blog we’ve talked about the undeniable benefits of integrating Apple devices into your enterprise. Below we dig into 5 reasons IT leaders are offering Apple as a choice in their enterprise for an awesome end user experience.
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.