Making business sense with Macs

Apple logoIn the world of business, with the notable exception of “creative” industries, IT is dominated by Microsoft Windows. Apple’s Mac enjoys niche success in art and media related circles, but hasn’t been able to crack into mainstream business use.

This is not for lack of trying. Apple’s website has a section devoted to how some businesses have switched to Macs and how they are using them to help run their businesses. I was delighted to find a page or two specifically about accounting firms, hoping to read some inspiring case studies.

One such study talked about a small, sole proprietor CPA firm in San Diego that was running exclusively on Macs. The main benefit the CPA cited for making the decision to use Macs was the lower total cost of ownership, from not having to spend money on maintenance.

“People say Macs cost more money than PCs. But Mac is really far more cost-effective over time, because there’s so much back-end cost in using PCs. Suddenly you’re bringing in consultants to battle viruses, or recover lost data, or troubleshoot network issues. So many businesses spend a fortune maintaining their PCs.”

That advantage, as well as some others, is highlighted in a recent opinion piece in Computerworld. More, after the jump.


The Dell-Alienware deal, a few weeks later

Dell bought Alienware because they needed to get into the high-end market in a big way. They have given up on trying to crack the market with the Dell brand, which has never been cool and apparently never will be.

Established in 1996 and based in Miami, Florida, Alienware has built their reputation as a provider of powerful machines built for hardcore computer gamers and encased in sleek packages.

Alienware will remain essentially autonomous. Dell … will give Alienware free rein to devise wild designs for the avant-garde using whatever components it chooses. However, Dell will assume responsibility for logistical aspects, such as securing supplies of components and offering more generous financing packages.

Dell will focus on doing what they do best and Alienware will continue to make crazy sweet machines. Seems like the match is going to work out for consumers as well as shareholders.


Project Origami is Microsoft’s new amazing personal computing device

Microsoft has this device known right now as Project Origami, and they are apparently having a presentation tomorrow evening about it.

I found the following video via digg. It appears to be an extended commercial for the device. It’s a handheld do-everything sort of tablet PC that makes me very excited for the future.

Update, 6/26/10: OK, so the original video I’d embedded in this post has been removed from YouTube. I found a replacement!