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IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs

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As further evidence of the growing interest in Macs among enterprise customers, IBM’s Research Information Services launched an internal pilot program designed to study the possibility of moving significant numbers of employees to the Mac platform. The study has already found an enthusiastic response from participants and is helping to drive Mac support for IBM’s business applications.


IBM’s Mac Pilot Program.
A summary of the pilot program, detailed in a IBM document obtained by RoughlyDrafted, revealed that IBM is actively working to move away from its dependence upon Microsoft Windows and toward a heterogeneous cross-platform future.

“In line with IBM’s external strategy of offering a true ‘Open Client’ that may be Windows, Linux or a Mac,” the document noted, “Research IS is focusing on providing an IBM application stack on multiple Operating Systems, rather than be confined to one or the other.”

IBM exited the PC business when it sold its Personal Computing Division and the ThinkPad brand to Lenovo in 2005. The pilot program document outlined a series of reasons for evaluating MacBook Pro laptops as a replacement for the Windows-based ThinkPads currently in use inside the company:

  • Alternative to Microsoft Windows
  • Less prone to security issues
  • Widely used in the academic world with which Research has close ties
  • Many new hires are more comfortable with the Mac and lately asking for it
  • Growing Mac community in Research and within IBM that finds the development environment on Mac more convenient
  • Growing acceptance of the Mac as a consumer and business oriented client platform
  • WPLC strategy includes significant investments in achieving the Mac platform parity

The first phase of the pilot program ran from October 2007 through January 2008. It distributed 24 MacBook Pros to researchers at different sites within IBM Research. Participants kept their existing ThinkPads, but were asked to only use them as a “last resort for applications not working yet on the Mac.”

After the four month test period, the 14 research scientists, 8 software engineers, a director, and a VP staff assistant participating in the pilot program were asked to provide feedback.

Of the 22 of 24 who responded, 18 said that the Mac offered a “better or best experience” compared to their existing computer, one rated it “equal or good,” and three said the Mac offered a “worse experience.” Seven reported having no or marginal prior knowledge of using Macs, while 15 reported having moderate or expert knowledge of the platform.

Software Issues for IBM to Address.
All of the participants reported that it was easy to install IBM’s internal software on the Macs. They listed a series of applications that were important or necessary for their work but not yet available for the Mac, including:

  • IBM’s own DB2 database and Websphere application server
  • IBM’s Rational Application Developer IDE for J2EE apps
  • IBM’s WebSphere Integration Developer SOA development tool
  • support for IBM’s InfoPrint workgroup laser printers
  • Microsoft Visio diagraming software and NetMeeting video conferencing tool

Other drawbacks or weaknesses users reported in the Mac platform included support issues with IBM’s Lotus Sametime instant messaging software and a “lack of robustness or support for Microsoft applications – PowerPoint issues, no NetMeeting, [and] limitations for tools running on Internet Explorer.”

19 of 22 (86%) Users Ask to Keep the Mac.
However, when asked if they would rather keep their MacBook Pro or return to using their familiar ThinkPad, only three chose the ThinkPad; the rest decided to keep the Mac laptop and obtain VMWare Fusion licenses to run Windows when necessary. The document noted additional comments participants left as feedback on their Mac experience, and not all were positive:

“When presenting at customer or external meetings, I have been greeted with the ‘wow factor.’ ‘Where’s the ThinkPad, IBM uses Apples now?’”

“I commend IBM on taking this bold step in providing an alternative to Windows. It will definitely allow us to think different.”

“This can free us from the Windows stranglehold.”

“I have been a true PC stalwart for 2+ decades, but after trying Vista, I’m ready for a change.”

“It has been easier learning the Mac than learning Vista.”

“There are a number of features in the Mac that make it much better than a Windows machine. Overall productivity in using the Mac platform is higher. I can imagine that the new version of the operating system will make those features even better.”

“Getting wireless running was a piece of cake on the Mac, much simpler than the PC.”

“The ability to run Windows XP in a VM under Parallels is a great feature.”

“Upgraded to [Mac OS X Leopard] 10.5 to run [Lotus] Notes 8.5 alpha code, and some things broke, especially wireless. Fixed with aid of community from forums.”

“If the remote connection and Sametime issues are worked out, I think that Mac users can be productive in IBM. However, if I had to recommend a non-Windows setup, I would recommend Linux on a ThinkPad. I see the convenience and reliability of ThinkPad hardware as superior, and the Mac OS is still a proprietary OS that seems to require a Windows license for some tasks anyway. I don’t see enough of an advantage in the Mac OS to be worth the incompatibility issues when collaborating with my colleagues.”

Mac Pilot Program Expansion in 2008.
As a followup to the successful initial phase of the program, IBM plans to expand the pilot to 50 users in the first half of 2008, and based on feedback, add an additional 50 to 100 users in the second half of the year. IBM also outlined plans to improve its Mac software offerings, build the support infrastructure needed for Mac clients, and work to ensure that Macs support its internal security policies.

The company’s internal “Mac@IBM” website, cited in the pilot program document, also references an official group for Mac users within IBM, with over 930 members in 26 countries. It is described as “one of the largest and fastest growing communities within IBM.”

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IBM’s software strategy is also embracing the Mac platform, with a new version of Lotus Notes and an integrated package of office productivity software based on OpenOffice and branded as Lotus Symphony being slated for release for the Mac later this year. Support for Notes email and calendaring on the iPhone and iPod Touch is also reported to be in IBM’s plans.

IBM’s Strategic Interest in Macs Goes Beyond Pilot Program

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102 comments

1 Berend Schotanus { 04.16.08 at 7:22 am }

Yet another piece of evidence for the decline of the Microsoft Windows platform! Of course the symbolic value of an IBM switch (IBM as the founding father of the PC) is even more important than just another major company considering Mac.

It might be interesting to speculate about what a further future for Microsoft can look like. Will Microsoft face a slow decline and will it be able to reposition itself like IBM once did? Or will the Windows platform face a ‘fall of the Berlin Wall’ kind of implosion caused by a combination of increased malware pressure and evaporating support?

2 John Muir { 04.16.08 at 8:14 am }

@ Berend

I doubt it’ll be quite as dramatic as that. For Windows to really fall while the PC is still strong, would require a dual sided Mac and Linux assault. The Mac is meeting the challenge, but despite EE-PC’s (I’ll never remember how to spell that…) and other starlets there is still an aching silence on that side of the battlefield.

My own view is that the iPhone and handhelds of every variety will suffocate the PC platform, starting with the desktop. The PC will continue to exist in its original habitat and with its most loyal fans, but its artificial ubiquity will prove passing.

3 Jon T { 04.16.08 at 8:42 am }

That is impressive. I hope this will be bringing a few smiles to faces in Cupertino. The irony of it!

4 IBM doing a trial migrating employees to Macs - MacNN Forums { 04.16.08 at 9:03 am }

[...] IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs — RoughlyDrafted Magazine The first phase of the pilot program ran from October 2007 through January 2008. It distributed 24 MacBook Pros to researchers at different sites within IBM Research. Participants kept their existing ThinkPads, but were asked to only use them as a “last resort for applications not working yet on the Mac.” After the four month test period, the 14 research scientists, 8 software engineers, a director, and a VP staff assistant participating in the pilot program were asked to provide feedback. Of the 22 of 24 who responded, 18 said that the Mac offered a “better or best experience” compared to their existing computer, one rated it “equal or good,” and three said the Mac offered a “worse experience.” Seven reported having no or marginal prior knowledge of using Macs, while 15 reported having moderate or expert knowledge of the platform. Software Issues for IBM to Address. All of the participants reported that it was easy to install IBM’s internal software on the Macs. They listed a series of applications that were important or necessary for their work but not yet available for the Mac, including: * IBM’s own DB2 database and Websphere application server * IBM’s Rational Application Developer IDE for J2EE apps * IBM’s WebSphere Integration Developer SOA development tool * support for IBM’s InfoPrint workgroup laser printers * Microsoft Visio diagraming software and NetMeeting video conferencing tool Other drawbacks or weaknesses users reported in the Mac platform included support issues with IBM’s Lotus Sametime instant messaging software and a “lack of robustness or support for Microsoft applications – PowerPoint issues, no NetMeeting, [and] limitations for tools running on Internet Explorer.” 19 of 22 (86%) Users Ask to Keep the Mac. However, when asked if they would rather keep their MacBook Pro or return to using their familiar ThinkPad, only three chose the ThinkPad; the rest decided to keep the Mac laptop and obtain VMWare Fusion licenses to run Windows when necessary. — Apple has said it focused on the consumer market, but one has to wonder just how much of that is PR. It seems clear to me with updates to the iPhone that Apple isn’t just oing to ignore the enterprise market. I think Apple desperately wants that market, but is going after it in a slow and steady fashion, using the consumer market as a testing ground, and I think that’s very fair. The good news is that means that Apple not only has great growth potential in the consumer market with Macs, they have an even greater growth potential in the enterprise market. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some real enterprise Mac deals come 2010. [...]

5 sebastianlewis { 04.16.08 at 9:57 am }

That is interesting though, if IBM builds out their services infrastructure to support Mac OS X AND Windows AND Linux-based operating systems AND AIX AND… well whatever other operating systems IBM is still using (z/OS.. and probably others I don’t know about), well it is a good thing for companies that rely on IBM’s software and services to have all that choice eh? heh

Besides that, IBM has also been focusing on the health care industry a lot lately, while Apple and other hardware makers are afraid of doing anything there because of potential liability issues (which is stupid since they advertise their computers as being more reliable and easy to use than Windows computers) IBM is going to completely dominate that field before they wake up. Oh well.

Any chance you’re going to write a bit more about IBM’s recent activities?

Sebastian

6 daGUY { 04.16.08 at 10:06 am }

I don’t know if ThinkPads have gotten any better since they were sold to Lenovo, but in my experience, they are absolutely horrible laptops. My college had a deal with IBM to provide computers, so most incoming students who didn’t have a laptop would get a ThinkPad through the school. I know five people who ALL had their new ThinkPads die on them within 2 years – all due to serious problems that should NOT crop up that soon, if at all (i.e. hard drive failure, motherboard failure, etc.).

Personally, I think it might be worth it for IBM to use MacBooks purely as Windows machines, just for the higher quality hardware!

This pilot program is certainly interesting (especially coming from IBM), but let’s not get carried away – 100 or so users is statistically insignificant when you consider that they have 356,000 employees.

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8 sebastianlewis { 04.16.08 at 10:16 am }

daGuy,

You’re right that it’s statistically insignificant, but the real significance would be if IBM built out their support and services (and software) to also support Mac OS X and Apple hardware combined with their own server hardware, and also if more of their employees switched over they are likely to do that. The reason IBM’s pilot programs take so damn long is probably because they want to get it right the first time when they make a decision to do something like this.

Sebastian

9 dicklacara { 04.16.08 at 10:57 am }

Not the first time time this has happened…

I worked for IBM up to 1980 in Palo Alto. I bought an Apple ][, in 1978, for my personal amazement.

In 1979, our department in IBM was finalizing support for a new unannounced Color Terminal that was supposed to be able to connect to microcomputers (as they were called then). The department manager asked if I would bring in my Apple ][ to see if they could make it work... after a few minutes fiddling with adapter settings and a bust-out cable... success!

Later, I left IBM and opened a computer store. When VisiCalc became the hot thing, various local IBM departments would buy or rent Apple ][s from us.

In 1980, we sold some Apple ][s and a Corvus network to the lab at the IBM plant in San Jose.

In 1981, we upgraded the Corvus network to add the new IBM PCs, Apple ///s, and several S100 computers.

So, in 1981, in all its glory, IBM had a microcomputer LAN with computers running:

Apple ][ OS;
Apple /// SOS*;
PC DOS;
Several Dialects of CP/m;

all booting from, and storing files on, a 10 megabyte Hard Disk... sharing files, not so much!

Still later, AIR, we Gerry-rigged a PC/jr to run on the same network.

*SOS was Apple's acronym for Sophisticated Operating System. Others claimed that it was because it was slower than Smoke Off S***. Still others claimed that because the OS came on the Apple///s screwball, proprietary floppy disks it was like the Army mess hall SOS.

We also sold quite a bit of Apple gear to the IBM Research Lab in Los Gatos... but they would never tell us what it was used for.

10 tundraboy { 04.16.08 at 10:58 am }

‘Many new hires are more comfortable with the Mac and lately asking for it’

The future is upon us, and it has a bite on it.

This is generational. Apple is GM, Microsoft is Toyota. We know how that story played out.

11 tundraboy { 04.16.08 at 10:59 am }

Oops. Microsoft is GM, Apple is Toyota, and my face is red.

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13 ewelch { 04.16.08 at 11:39 am }

So, IBM is not going to pull another OS/2 and do something, but then never really support it? Without the PC division, they no longer have internal forces trying to destroy competition for Microsoft. This could be a good thing! Just too slow.

And my big issue is not compatibility with Lotus Notes, or even Exchange, but Active Directory. I sure hope 10.5.3 fixes that!

14 johnnyapple { 04.16.08 at 12:46 pm }

Well, with 356,000 employes 100 users is not significant now but if just 10% switch, IBM will be one of the largest corporate accounts for Apple. If IBMs pilot is successful and it sound like it is I’d have to believe that many other companies of all sizes will take another look at Macs.

15 lmasanti { 04.16.08 at 12:55 pm }

quote:
“There are a number of features in the Mac that make it much better than a Windows machine. Overall productivity in using the Mac platform is higher. I can imagine that the new version of the operating system will make those features even better.”

Caution: This dude is infected with “the next release will solve all your problems” distributed by Microsoft during the last 30 years.

You do not need your imagination to use a Mac. It works!

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18 droughtquake { 04.16.08 at 3:21 pm }

Too bad IBM wasn’t as supportive back when Macs used PowerPC chips! I’m not holding my breath, IBM is fickle when it comes to Apple.

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21 Ramayya { 04.16.08 at 4:10 pm }

There is cross platform software from ConceptDraw that is very good replacement for Visio. Ominigraffle, the Mac only software is also a good replacement for Visio. “Visual Paradigm for UML” is as good as Rational, and is cross platform.

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24 johnnyapple { 04.16.08 at 6:18 pm }

Ramayya, maybe Apple could add a diagramming package to iWork – or IBM could deliver it’s own under the Symphony brand. We don’t need no stinkin’ Visio.

25 SamLowry { 04.16.08 at 6:20 pm }

now that Apple ditched the G5, the Mac becomes interesting to IBM?

26 tlbandito { 04.16.08 at 6:32 pm }

@ SamLowry

This is exactly what I was wondering. Why didn’t IBM help out Apple more in the mid 90s when Microsoft was eating IBM’s lunch (after MS gave them the shaft) and Apple was using IBM chips. Not to mention the early 2000s when Apple was using G5s and had transitioned to OSX. Why be dependent on your mortal enemy?

Same goes for Motorola—why not buy computers that use the chips you are manufacturing and selling?

Talk about not eating your own dog-food.

27 droughtquake { 04.16.08 at 6:44 pm }

@ tlbandito

Motorola probably felt burned by Steve when he cancelled the Mac-Clone program when he returned to Apple. Motorola (StarMax) was a licensee which was apparently focused on business users, the Umax SuperMac series was a much, much better seller in the store I worked at even though we sold both brands (along with the ‘Real Stuff’).

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34 lmasanti { 04.16.08 at 10:10 pm }

quote:
“This is exactly what I was wondering. Why didn’t IBM help out Apple more in the mid 90s when Microsoft was eating IBM’s lunch (after MS gave them the shaft) and Apple was using IBM chips.”

Two points:
a) The 1984 Macintosh launching ad was a straight shot on IBM face (although the boss appears more like ol’ Bill Gates… by that time he was almost nobody). The 1985 Lemmings ad was still more focused.
…so IBM –that also “has feelings”– wouldn’t be so caring to Apple.
b) IBM was developing “the next operating system” with Apple, and also designing the chips to run the computers.
…so, the fight against Microsoft joint the forces but each one took its own side.

35 HamSandwich { 04.16.08 at 10:25 pm }

This is great news…if only because it brings IBM’s great wealth of enterprise know-how to tne nascent Mac enterprise market. I work in Enterprise IT but have used all OSs since my early IT days.

I prefer Macs…but that my personal preference.

Building an Enterprise network from scratch means shifting a business with thousands of existing business processes centered on Windows/Novell NDS/Unix to one that includes and embraces MacOS X.

Apple will never build the right tools – but neither did Microsoft. They built a good base, let the market build the tools and then bought the best of them out as they grew up and showed off cool new technologies.

People think Microsoft is a monolith for purely hegemonic reasons. Try taking part in their developer activities. Apple sucks in that department, so it’s great to see IBM taking up the slack with what seems to at least be an educated effort to seewhat gaps are there when workers move to Macs.

Pilots like these are great – they highlight what people truly miss, show off what parts work well, and educate everyone along the way. No sense theorizing. They are learning along the way what Macs will be useful for in the enterprise, even if the VM is a required tool.

I for one would love to dump windows in some areas – not all though as it’s a dream to manage. Sadly there is a lot of managing so pick your caveat ;)

JB

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39 akebono74 { 04.17.08 at 2:10 am }

I wouldn’t get too excited. IBM consists of an employee base well over 350,000 world wide. This pilot constitutes an extremely small percentage of users. Also I believe IBM is the largest shareholder in Lenovo and is a significant investor in Microsoft (even though old Bill pretty much robbed Windows development from them back in the 80′s). Watson Research works well for this pilot for the reason as mentioned in this article that Mac’s traditionally have fared well in the world of education. Lets face it folks, scientists aren’t like what they show in the movies. For the most part these guys are writing papers, surfing the web and sending Email’s.

Given the count stated here within this pilot, I think even Microsoft has more Apple systems in production then IBM does. Those of us in the IT arena can attest that although apple support may be growing for developers, it has a long way before Mac OS truly becomes a viable platform in the professional environment. Looking at applications from enterprise accounting, CRM, communications, engineering, and web development (Microsoft .NET being a huge factor). Apple still has a long way to go.

Don’t get me wrong. I own a few Mac’s at home and love the Mac OS platform. It just isn’t quite ready for the enterprise arena just yet. In order for Apple to be truly affective in the Enterprise, it has to win over the Server application development community. They just haven’t made a significant enough dent to become a viable solution commercially.

Microsoft is a Juggernaut when it comes to their OS and development platforms. To become truly competitive would take a competitor literally decades, and given the amount of pure cash Microsoft packs, you better come with some serious financial baking. In the end they will just buy their way ahead of you.

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43 LunaticSX { 04.17.08 at 3:23 am }

@dicklacara

“Still others claimed that because the OS came on the Apple///s screwball, proprietary floppy disks it was like the Army mess hall SOS.”

The Apple /// used exactly the same kinds of floppy disks as the Apple II, which were the same floppy disks used for PCs and most CP/M machines. The Apple /// and Apple II used identical disk drive hardware, giving a formatted capacity of 143 KB per side on each disk. In Apple II emulation mode the Apple /// could boot off of and read data from Apple II disks directly. When ProDOS was later developed for the Apple II it used the same formatting scheme as SOS, so then Apple IIs could read data directly off Apple /// disks, as well (not that there were ever all that many Apple /// disks around…).

You may be thinking of the later “Twiggy” floppy disks for the Lisa. They’re the ones Apple designed themselves, with dual read/write windows on each side of the disk (four total), and extra read/write heads in the drives to use them, to try to get data on and off the disks as fast as possible. That was when common wisdom was still that doing everything in parallel was the fastest and best way to go, before the Mac was introduced with its “serial for everything” approach (aside from the floppy port and later SCSI ports and drives). Now even all hard drives are going towards Serial ATA.

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53 lmasanti { 04.17.08 at 10:57 am }

I found this a good reading. Read it up to the bottom.

quote:
“Switching Windows Desktops to Linux Instead of Mac OS.
….
What I’m writing about is not RD’s article, or even the program itself, but rather a comment made by a user in the program:…”

http://thesmallwave.com/2008/04/16/thoughts-on-business-switching-windows-desktops-to-linux-instead-of-mac-os/#comment-1247

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56 Geoserv { 04.17.08 at 1:19 pm }

STUMBLED!

Is IBM still as popular as it was? I haven’t heard to much about them.

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57 IBM se plantea pasarse a Mac { 04.17.08 at 2:12 pm }

[...] informe de Roughly Drafted explica que IBM inició la primera fase del estudio en octubre de 2007, fecha en la que compró 24 [...]

58 Los trabajadores de IBM van a ser Maqueros • maccedonia.com { 04.17.08 at 3:03 pm }

[...] para  migrar a varios de sus empleados de la plataforma Windows a Mac. Esta información por Roughly Drafted dice que IBM inició la primera fase del plan en octubre, comprando 24 unidades de MacBook Pro que [...]

59 The Piano Inside My Brain / Switcher Alert: Big Blue enters Infinite Loop in Research { 04.17.08 at 7:28 pm }

[...] IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs [...]

60 IBM se plantea pasarse a Mac « appleRSSmac { 04.17.08 at 9:11 pm }

[...] informe de Roughly Drafted explica que IBM inició la primera fase del estudio en octubre de 2007, fecha en la que compró [...]

61 IBM considering Macs for employees? « Rick Milliken { 04.17.08 at 11:40 pm }

[...] not really. Roughly Drafted Magazine has obtained a document which describes a pilot program at IBM that has employees using Macs for their day-to-day work. [...]

62 IBM Launches Pilot Program For Migrating To Macs « WiredPen { 04.18.08 at 1:32 am }

[...] April 2008 at 9:32 pm (Web/Tech) From Roughly Drafted: IBM’s Research Information Services launched an internal pilot program designed to study the [...]

63 IBM исследует переход на платформу Mac { 04.18.08 at 1:40 am }

[...] Источник: Social Trend: IBM исследует переход на платформу Mac Оригинал: RoughlyDrafted Magazine: IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs [...]

64 Rob Cottingham » I have, in fact, lived to see the day: Macs at IBM { 04.18.08 at 2:24 am }

[...] well: IBM has invited Macs to drop by for a sleepover – a pilot program that, for some participants, has turned into a longer-term engagement: The first [...]

65 Ist ein Macbook Pro oder Thinpad besser? IBM will es wissen { 04.18.08 at 4:47 am }

[...] Projekt “Mac oder PC” gibt IBM-Mitarbeitern aus der Forschungsabteilung die Möglichkeit, sowohl mit einem IBM Lenovo [...]

66 Mac@IBM { 04.18.08 at 5:36 am }

[...] siehe RoughlyDraftedMagazine [...]

67 IBM steigt nicht auf Mac OS um - Business | ZDNet.de News { 04.18.08 at 9:05 am }

[...] zufolge der Konzern plane, unternehmensintern zu Mac OS als Client-Betriebssystem zu migrieren. Roughly Draft hatte gemeldet, das IBM seinen Mitarbeitern den Umstieg auf das Apple-Betriebssystem erm

68 Anche Big Blue cede al lato oscuro della mela | Neuroni liberi { 04.18.08 at 9:39 am }

[...] Mi sembra una gran bella notizia. [...]

69 IBM steigt intern nicht auf MACs um! | hochwald.net { 04.18.08 at 10:34 am }

[...] hat einen Bericht des Roughly Draft dementiert in dem davon die Rede war, dass der blaue Riese plane intern komplett auf MACs bzw. OSX [...]

70 Apple Mac’s in the Enterprise - IBM’s take | My Digital Life { 04.18.08 at 10:37 am }

[...] was with great interest then that I read this post over on RoughlyDrafted about IBM’s own testing and pilot project for Mac’s.  I [...]

71 News Corp. May Join Yahoo Bid With Microsoft - SEO & Internet Marketing Forums { 04.18.08 at 10:49 am }

[...] on the back. And Microsoft is crumbling. IBM is turning their eyes to Apple. Find out more here. IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs — RoughlyDrafted Magazine. And without Billy Gates on the seat, it will be a hard future for Microsoft, but not that soon. [...]

72 Anonymous { 04.18.08 at 1:32 pm }

[...] O piloto com os Macs foi publicado pela primeira vez pelo site RoughlyDrafted Magazine. [...]

73 IBM’s Strategic Interest in Macs Goes Beyond Pilot Program — RoughlyDrafted Magazine { 04.18.08 at 6:01 pm }

[...] IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs Macs at IBM and the Enterprise in General. According to reports from IBM employees, the company’s Mac@IBM intranet site, designed to offer support and assistance to Mac users within the company, now has over 1600 registered Mac users, a dramatic increase over the 930 users cited in the Research Division’s pilot program documents originally prepared several months ago. That number still pales in comparison to the roughly 386,000 employees IBM supports worldwide. It does indicate two interesting things however. [...]

74 Simon Scullion » links for 2008-04-18 { 04.18.08 at 6:32 pm }

[...] IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs — RoughlyDrafted Magazine “It has been easier learning the Mac than learning Vista.” [...]

75 Business Technology : PayPal Bans Browsers; Mac Love; Cell Phone Bans { 04.18.08 at 7:43 pm }

[...] year-earlier period, according to research company Gartner. One place where Macs have turned up: inside of IBM. Earlier this year, 24 Big Blue researchers tested Macs; 18 concluded it was a better experience [...]

76 Espace Cartésien » Blog Archive » IBM teste les pommes { 04.19.08 at 8:07 am }

[...] des départements de recherche d’IBM a lancé un programme pilote d’évaluation de MacBooks Pro comme outil de travail. Apparemment l’expérience est concluante puisque 19 des 22 testeurs [...]

77 IBM se plantea pasarse a Mac { 04.19.08 at 9:18 pm }

[...] informe de Roughly Drafted explica que IBM inició la primera fase del estudio en octubre de 2007, fecha en la que compró [...]

78 PayPal Bans Browsers; Mac Love; Cell Phone Bans | Article Blog { 04.20.08 at 9:15 am }

[...] year-earlier period, according to research company Gartner. One place where Macs have turned up: inside of IBM. Earlier this year, 24 Big Blue researchers tested Macs; 18 concluded it was a better experience [...]

79 CAM-007, JinShiBang Consumer Electronics Shop Blog» Blog Archive » IBM plays with Macs { 04.20.08 at 10:55 pm }

[...] indicates that IBM’s could be moving at least some of its employees to the Mac platform. RoughlyDrafted says it got hold of an IBM document summarizing findings of a pilot program conducted internally by [...]

80 IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs at Johan’s blog { 04.21.08 at 6:33 am }

[...] This is an article definitely worth reading through. Apple Mac computers is gaining momentum in American enterprise companies, and thus IBM is investigating how to best support this “upcoming” platform with their toolset. [...]

81 Der Mac erobert IBM { 04.21.08 at 2:51 pm }

[...] der Überschrift IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs schürt das RoughlyDrafted Magazine die Hoffnung der Apple-Fans unter den Großen [...]

82 pecos.bill { 04.21.08 at 3:47 pm }

I find it quite interesting that IBM has no ill will or at least gotten over Apple dumping their processor. That, or the processor division has no influence.

83 John Muir { 04.21.08 at 4:27 pm }

It’s the latter. ;)

84 Follow Along Through 18 Years of TidBITS { 04.21.08 at 8:35 pm }

[...] of the past, last week saw both much fuss about a potential Mac clone from Psystar and reports that IBM was making it easier for employees to switch to the [...]

85 links for 2008-04-22 « Tathata - d’ Observer { 04.22.08 at 2:03 am }

[...] IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs — RoughlyDrafted Magazine (tags: mac ibm enterprise apple switch blogs technology migration) [...]

86 IBM都要甩掉聯想 « MO’s notebook 3 to 4 { 04.22.08 at 2:54 am }

[...] IBM都要甩掉聯想 Published April 22, 2008 用Mac , 科技 Tags: 聯想, IBM, Thinkpad IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs [...]

87 IBM estudia l'ús d'ordinadors Apple internament * L’home dibuixat { 04.22.08 at 1:02 pm }

[...] IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs. Aquesta és una d'aquelles notícies que mai hauria cregut arribar a llegir (tampoc no [...]

88 IBM Research testet Apple Laptops | eric-lee.de { 04.25.08 at 3:43 pm }

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89 IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs | { 04.27.08 at 10:04 am }

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90 Ephilei { 05.07.08 at 4:43 pm }

They could use Adium’s Sametime support. The official Sametime client sucks, anyway.

91 ¿IBM investigando una migración a Apple? | Denken Über { 05.11.08 at 6:32 pm }

[...] Es tan común ver a algunas empresas usar sus Thinkpads que esta investigación de IBM, aunque sea pequeña y localizada, me causa sorpresa: IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs [...]

92 Lo último en tecnologia - TecnoAdeptos.com » ¿IBM investigando una migración a Apple? Fotos Video Características { 05.13.08 at 12:14 pm }

[...] Es tan común ver a algunas empresas usar sus Thinkpads que esta investigación de IBM, aunque sea pequeña y localizada, me causa sorpresa: IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs [...]

93 wmxnet » Blog Archive » Moving to Apple { 06.21.08 at 12:22 pm }

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[...] IBM Pilots Macs [...]

95 Viviendo Blackberry { 07.08.08 at 5:52 pm }

[...] las empresas en respuesta a la gran cantidad de usuarios que respondían a la filosofía de “PC de día y Mac de noche“. Del mismo modo su teléfono se había convertido en el móvil empleado por muchos [...]

96 IBM probt die Migration auf Macs - The Inquirer DE { 08.01.08 at 8:06 am }

[...] RoughlyDrafted Magazine // [...]

97 MP: Mac OS adoption rate in the enterprise increases and accelerates | Macro Principles { 08.28.08 at 9:14 am }

[...] launches a pilot program to bring Macs inside: the highly positive results direct from IBM (86% of the pilot users preferred to keep their Mac at the end) and a more strategic [...]

98 Biden PC’s Small Business I.T. Blog » IBM is Now Using Apple Computers { 09.10.08 at 3:58 pm }

[...] You think I’m joking? Ok, so they started with a roll-out of only 24 laptops… Still, check this link. 22 of the 24 people responded to a questionnaire and 19 wanted to keep the Apple laptops. Only 3 [...]

99 Josh Trenor { 09.11.08 at 7:09 pm }

There are other alternatives to launching a pilot program for Macs. Here is a great solution for enterprises: deploy the Mac OS desktop and applications by using a terminal server. A company called Aqua Connect has developed a terminal server that works with thin clients, smart phones, Mac desktops and laptops, and PCs to deploy the Mac OS experience. Terminal servers have been available for the Windows platform for some time, but Aqua Connect is doing it for the Mac. The Aqua Connect Terminal Server allows any device that is VNC or X11 compatible to connect a Mac OS X Server. The new version of Aqua Connect also has RFB and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) support (RDP is built into most Windows systems). Multiple users can remotely connect from anywhere to the centralized Mac OS X Server running Aqua Connect. Users can now access the Mac Desktop and applications and run them from a variety of different hardware. As we know, large corporations are usually resistant to change and many small businesses believe they cannot afford the across-the-board switch from PCs to Macs. Aqua Connect allows Mac deployment for enterprises and small businesses that is affordable, easy, and practical. All that is needed is a Mac OS X Server.
For enterprises, this is a very viable solution for Mac deployment. The benefits go beyond allowing PCs, smart phones and thin clients to operate as a Mac. Enterprises can centralize IT, making them more secure and protecting them against data leakage. Aqua Connect Terminal Server can also enhance an enterprise’s application administration and maintenance. For example, once an application is updated on the server, that update will take effect on all users who run the Aqua Connect Terminal Server. This allows updating and patching of software to be centralized to the server alone. This company offers a scalable enterprise solution for Mac deployment that works and can be implemented right now. I think it’s a great idea and a very feasible solution. Users can try out the Mac OS and applications while using a variety of different hardware. Aqua Connect is more efficient and economical than a pilot program, and it offers all of the benefits of a full scale Mac deployment!

100 IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs — Pilots with a Mac { 12.10.08 at 12:46 pm }

[...] Read the rest of the article here. [...]

101 IBM estuda mudança da plataforma Windows para… Mac! « MBE | Mac Business Experts { 12.28.08 at 12:02 am }

[...] notícia me surpreendeu. A visão que eu tenho da IBM, é de uma empresa monstruosa, burocrática, com uma [...]

102 OT: IBM looking at Macintosh | keyongtech { 01.18.09 at 12:52 pm }

[...] IBM looking at Macintosh http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2008/0…ating-to-macs/ IBM had a pilot program to evaluate supporting Macintosh computers for its own staff. They are [...]

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