BYOD could help bring more Macs into the workplace

on August 04, 2014 | 1692

The bring your own device (BYOD), trend is having many effects on enterprise operations. From enhancing employee productivity to reducing IT costs, once a business adopts a BYOD solution, it can find its operations completely transformed. However, this could alsohave significant ramifications that companies aren’t in a position to realize yet.

According to CIO, one of these potential changes is thegrowing adoption of Macs and Apple mobile devicesin the workplace, replacing the PC as a primary computer. The iPhone and iPad are the two most popular devices used under a BYOD policy across several industries, and the interaction between iPhones, iPads and Mac desktops makes the latter far more efficient as an enterprise tool than ever before. As these mobile devices naturally integrate with Macs, it allows employees to sync workflow faster and more efficiently, ensuring streamlined productivity in and out of the office.

Matt Heric, CEO at IAVO Scientific, an engineering software development company in the U.S., told the news source that his company has started to adopt Macs because Apple has made every argument against its desktop computer moot over the last 15 years. Once a PC-centric company, IAVO has since completely switched over to Macs. Other companies, like General Electric, have also made a major leap from PCs to Mac desktops. Forrester Research indicated in a recent study that Macs are also more secure than PCs, driving more companies to adopt them in an effort to ease IT woes.

“We’re seeing a change in the make up of PCs versus Macs that are not employee owned, but company owned. We are seeing a shift toward Macs,” Sheila Johnson, a senior vice president at Cisco, told the news source. “Employees can choose Macs if that’s what they want. Some 40% of our employees, including a large portion of our contractors who work here at the headquarters are on Macs, and we’ve seen 11% quarter-over-quarter growth of that platform. We also saw more growth globally than PC growth in November.”

For BYOD, this has important ramifications. For one, businesses need to be ready to adopt whatever devices employees want to use, from iPhones to Chromebooks. Second, the choice of device needs to be compatible with whatever the business is using as its desktop computer, be it a PC or a Mac. By investing in remote access and HTML5 RDP client solutions, businesses can avoid compatibility issues altogether and focus on providing employees with the rich mobile experience they are looking for.

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