swa66 - 12:41 am on May 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
Security is hardly understood at all by the masses, let alone by corporate elbow-working managers. It's better to leave that argument out of the boardroom and let security and risk management teams deal with that how they see fit.
But second point however is FAR more important to convince a board:
This is directly translatable into "a Mac makes your employees much more productive". And that's easy to translate into $$ and hence something they'll grasp and run with provided you get the chance to prove it.
Second, it was awesome to have stuff "just work."...
Many corporations do have macs. In limited numbers for specific tasks: e.g. user support, webmaster tasks, graphic design, ... often you'll find at least one mac -often a machine twice the age of any PC they have-.
The argument the PC supporting staff has against letting you test the efficiency of switching to mac are:
- resistance to change
- lack of central administration (it can be done, but they don't know how due to their limited exposure, they do know how to do it for wintendo machines)
So getting that fixed requires you to find some that are open minded to support the test, best to look for external support and make sure the internal IT folks do not sabotage it all.
Kicking MSFT out can be done. Small companies are easiest. Hardest part is the last windows license (e.g. Finance/HR or so might have a "needs windows" requirement for something they have no choice but to use); Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMWare Fusion can fix that for you -be it a bit of a dirty way to do things- and then there's Office: there is a way to open docs, but the formats are so badly documented that the compatibility between the real thing and the alternatives really is below par.
Switching to a pdf-only way of working can help here, but it's not easy when your partners assume -wrongly- everybody uses windows.
Most I've seen give in and buy Office 2008 -which does still have a proper menu instead of that hated "ribbon" you cannot get rid of in 2007.
Being MSFT free is not easy, but it's also not easy to be mac free, so expect a windows machine or two to remain even if you go for "'mac only" as a manner of vision. Funnily enough it's less areas that need a mac in windows-only setting that need a windows machine in a mac-only environment.