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Switch to Macs from PCs reportedly saves IBM US$270 per user

Matt Kapko | Nov. 6, 2015
With the aid of large customers such as IBM, Apple is making the case that Macs are more secure and less expensive to manage than PCs. IT leaders, however, may still be turned off by the high upfront costs and associated infrastructure challenges.

Switching from PCs to Macs can also take an emotional toll. "The biggest pain point is CIOs feeling like they're giving up control, which is understandably a hard pill to swallow," Johnson says.

Building a business case to change device management policies in the enterprise is just the start, according to Previn at IBM. The transition to Apple can ultimately change a company's culture. "We really view the Mac@IBM program as driving culture transformation as IBM pivots to a more agile enterprise," he says. "Increasingly we see it as a competitive disadvantage not to allow employees to have choice in this space."


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