IBM Division Investigates Corporate Mac Migration Feasibility

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    IBM's Research Information Services division is investigating the possibility of moving a significant numbers of employees to Apple's Macintosh platform according to a report acquired by RoughlyDrafted.

    The first phase of the pilot program was conducted between October 2007 and January 2008. During this phase, 24 MacBook Pros were distributed to researchers and used as the primary notebook, with the employees' existing ThinkPads acting as backups if needed.

    Other highlights:
    - 86% of pilot users requested to keep the Mac
    - More new hires are requesting Macs
    - Research and Academic clients have a growing Mac community
    - IBM internal software made for Mac was easy to install
    - Some key software was unavailable for Mac, including DB2 and Websphere Application Server, Rational Application Developer IDE for J2EE apps, WebSphere Integration Developer SOA development tool, and Microsoft Visio.

    Some Comments:
    - "When presenting at customer or external meetings, I have been greeted with the 'wow factor.' 'Where's the ThinkPad, IBM uses Apples now?'"
    - "This can free us from the Windows stranglehold."
    - "It has been easier learning the Mac than learning Vista."
    - "The ability to run Windows XP in a VM under Parallels is a great feature."

    An expansion of the pilot is planned for 2008, supporting up to 100 users by the end of the year. As a grain of salt, IBM has been heavily invested in Linux and the pilot is likely to simply fall in line with efforts to break reliance on Microsoft Windows. That being said, the company has been re-invigorating efforts to develop Mac software, including versions of the company's Lotus Notes client for iPhone and Lotus Symphony.

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  2. BigD58 macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2008
    North Carolina
    Once again shows that the mac platform is the best and will always be.
  3. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Wow, so Apple drops IBM, and then IBM start using Macs?

    Who would have thought :p
  4. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    key thing to keep in mind is that this is one division in IBM. I don't think you're looking at all of IBM about to switch here :)
  5. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    IBM starting to use some Macs instead of Thinkpads?


  6. cohibadad macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
    yeah. interesting news. Microsoft blowback continues.
  7. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Vista is the worst thing that ever happened to Microsoft, Balmer-monkey excluded.
  8. MacTheSpoon macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2006
    Wow, yeah, I think a few snowflakes did just fall in Hell. Pretty stunning stuff.
  9. EagerDragon macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2006
    MA, USA
    We are a big IBM customer, if IBM continues this roll out some of us maybe able to get Macs at work. I will be talking to IBM (about their Sametime product) in the next 10 days, maybe I can get some info about their Mac roll out.

    We shall see.
  10. lanervoza macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    for the layman, like me, what does this mean?
  11. EagerDragon macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2006
    MA, USA
    I rather have Vista installed on my Mac (heavens forbit) than see Balmer do one of his stunts.

    Then again running into a skunk maybe more entretaining.

    Great evidence that Microsoft (little by little) is loosing their grip on the Enterprise.
  12. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Dude, just give me a frigging Mac and my productivity will go up 100%. I have been saying this since I entered the job market in 1998 and people are still laughing at me; yet I am stuck with conforming to Windows's woes.
  13. ckurowic macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2007
    I am amazed and a bit discouraged that it has taken folks this long to start rejecting Microsoft's crap they try to market as software. In relation to the article, I have always supported a mixed platform environment. I like the idea of diversity :).

    Yeah I hear you on that. Some people simply work and think differently (no pun intended). They should be free to choose their desired platform.
  14. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Well I never thought I would see this day. Even if it is only one division, its still quite something.
  15. petteri macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2006

    I wonder if anyone over at IBM installed OS/2 on their Mac! :D
  16. 137489 Guest


    Nov 6, 2007
    This is interesting news. :eek: Of course now that IBM sold their desktop/laptop division to the Chinese Company Lenovo. But Wow. Interestingly enough In an article a few years back Microsoft said they are backing Novell Linux (formally Suse) - I think IBM is ticked over that because they had a big steak in their competitor Red Hat. either way, more macs usage is good.

    Since IBM is so interested in Linux, it only makes sense. MAC OSX is FREE BSD with a Darwin X11. Apple has been the only company to make a useful consumer desktop/laptop with a Unix/Linux base.

    I just got my first mac yesterday. Cool thing about it - with what comes with mac, I just got rid of half my software. Most is already functional in mac, where as I had to find software to do the same thing in Windows. And you know what. Mac makes it easier to do than the Windows software....

    the only thing I use windows for is the few apps that is not available for mac, or the MS version is still better for my needs. But either way, about 10 CD's just got donated as I no longer need them.

    Mac is easier to use
    integrates with everything
    is smart compared to windows

    I am never going back to strickly Windows again, and my use of any MS just dropped 65%
  17. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Must be more and more companies are using Macs, and IBM wants to be a part of supporting them from an outsourcing standpoint...
  18. irun5k macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2005
    This is good news, no doubt. But, for whatever reason, I don't think Apple takes corporate customers very seriously. Perhaps they think it would tarnish their iLife, iFunForAll image. But after all, Unix has historically been all about business- not fun and games.... yet Apple doesn't hesitate to brag about their Unix roots. (although I wonder... have they toned this down recently?)

    I could see some admin types in my company potentially getting Macs, but without any modern Java support, there is no way that developers, QA folks, tech writers, etc. could switch.
  19. 137489 Guest


    Nov 6, 2007

    While Java is still heavily used, more companies are turning away from it as it takes too long to do anything and ther hibernate thing. Personally, most companies (believe it or not) are starting to dump Java (although they will still be using it for a long time due to what they have invested). A few companies I was at are looking to turn back to C++, turn to Python, or actually move on to .NET (mostly C#).

    But anyrate - with MS you have to buy your programming languages (or install free versions of Enthought Python). With Linux/Unix, you have C++, Java, Python, MySQL, and a few others included - so the cost deminishes drastically. Plus given most Linux distributions had dropped by the way side - or just don't exist anymore - it is hard to say what will be supported and if they will stick around for the long haul.

    Since IBM is interested heavily in Linux/Unix, makes sense for them to pilot integrated machines. IBM sold their desktop/laptop division, but kept their server division. And what connects with Servers - Personal computers and laptops, so with Apple's market share increasing - it only makes sense for them to start using them if they want their servers/software to interact properly.

    And for the person who posted about Apple not caring about businesses, the tide is turning. there are alot of 3rd party medical software companies already writing apps for MAC, Intersystems Cache which is used heavily in the medical and banking industries runs on a mac, and Intersystems is starting to move the utilties to more a browser based - so they can offer more than just having the tool box on Windows.

    The tide is turning and Apple is becoming mainstream computing.
  20. EagerDragon macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2006
    MA, USA
    Some items big business wants:
    1) Better management tools to be able to load a system remotely, monitor the system and remotely login and fix it. We are talking large scale here not 20 workstations. We are talking about thousands of workstations
    2) Tools to build and deploy their own buld of the OS. They want to configure an image their own way and be able to build any system with that image.
    3) Enforce rights via LDAP or AD
    4) Integration with Microsoft tools, email and scheduling (like the iPhone will have in 2 months)
    5) VPN specialy Cisco
    6) Virus tools and enforcing that the workstation be up to date, If not up to date not allow it on the network.
    7) Know what products are coming and the schedule for their release, and the feature set.
    8) Time frame to roll out a product after a long Several monts to a year test
    9) Preferential price for bulk purchases
    19) Some input on future products and features
  21. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    wow, i'm surprised at this, and glad to see it. i think it's good that they are trying linux also.

    the Mac is growing. it's good to be a part of it.
  22. thefourthpope macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2007
    Cue the next Mac/PC ad. John Hodgeman has a new headache...
  23. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Yeah, that's what I kept thinking as I read the article!

    I never thought I'd see this day!

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