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As Apple desktop use grows, IT adapts

Patrick Thibodeau | July 16, 2015
Widespread iPhone and iPad adoption is influencing broader use of Apple products in the enterprise, namely desktops and laptops. One enterprise seeing this is University of Nevada at Reno, where academic freedom at the research university also means the freedom to choose an OS.

But Light doesn't see Apple Mac OS replacing Windows desktops entirely because his group uses specialty Windows applications for designing roads and bridges.

For those IT departments that have deployed Apple, there are some management advantages. In particular, there are no serial number requirements in making a clone. In other words, the OS isn't tied a particular computer, said Peter Gnemmi, one of two people who manage 800 Mac OS-based systems used by the dental school at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. This allows them to easily clone one computer onto another while a system is being repaired.

"We are actually only managing a single computer," said Gnemmi, "We can manage desktops and laptops identically."

Gnemmi said that what distinguishes Apple is that it tries to make money, and builds high-quality products. That profit margin helps "with the quality of the product, so I'm not fooling around with it," he said.


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