IBM to Purchase Up to 200,000 Macs, With 50-75% of Employees Ultimately Switching From Lenovo

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A year after teaming up with Apple on an enterprise partnership to push iOS devices and apps for business users, IBM is moving forward with plans to rapidly move its own employees onto Apple's platforms, MacRumors has learned.

    While IBM announced in an internal memo several months ago that it was planning to purchase up to 50,000 MacBooks for employees by the end of 2015, chief information officer Jeff Smith has revealed in a new internal video released to employees yesterday that he believes IBM could actually end up purchasing 150,000-200,000 Macs annually.

    In the video, Smith relates a conversation he had with Apple's chief information officer Niall O'Connor about the possibility of a massive Mac deployment for IBM.
    In a separate clip from the video, Smith describes a recent conversation between Tim Cook and IBM vice president Fletcher Previn in which Previn indicated the initiative could see 50-75 percent of IBM employees eventually converting to Macs from the Lenovo ThinkPads that are currently the company standard.

    Apple and IBM, former rivals in the PC market, have been working increasingly closely together on both specialized enterprise-focused iOS apps and more recently on HealthKit and ResearchKit data management tools. With so many IBM employees now in line to switch to Macs for their work machines, the stage is setting up for even more collaboration going forward.

    Update: Given IBM's workforce of under 400,000 employees, it appears the "200,000" figure cited by Smith could be a total replacement cycle figure rather than an annual purchase amount. Still, based on a three or four year replacement cycle, IBM would easily become Apple's largest corporate customer.

    Article Link: IBM to Purchase Up to 200,000 Macs, With 50-75% of Employees Ultimately Switching From Lenovo
  2. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    I could easily see some old school PC fanboys going harakiri over this news.
  3. tucotuti macrumors member


    Feb 22, 2011
    Or some old school Mac fanboys xD
  4. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    this is crazy and awesome all in one. steve jobs must be smiling in heaven or laughing like an evil villain
  5. kkar macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Lenovo ThinkPads are junk. The switch is a good move by IBM.
  6. conkerbot macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2010
    I think IBM and Apple could be a great partnership - far more so than the cool stuff they've done already. I was thinking the other day what Siri would be capable of if Watson was integrated into it and could access even more data (HealthKit data for example). Apple has the customer-facing side locked down, and IBM can help with infrastructure and software needed to improve their cloud services and enterprise offering.
  7. 0x100 macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2014
    That's what happens lenovo when you change a concept that works to trying to copying apple.
  8. pittaman macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    Agreed. A win-win for both companies.
  9. hayesk macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2003
    And I’ll feel very little sympathy for them. They've been doing it to Mac users for decades.
  10. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    If I was offered jobs at Company A that used Macs, and Company B that used Windows; the salary was the similar, similar benefits, the commute was the approximately same, the job description was approximately the same, the company size was approximately same, and the leadership style was approximately the same, I would choose Company A that used Macs.

    Even if the difference seems silly, the computer I stare at for 8+ hrs/day is as important as the comfort of my shoes and the comfort of my mattress - the other things I use for 8+ hrs/day.

    Plus, I bet the company culture and culture of employees would be better at Company A that used Macs.
  11. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010

    I understand...

    Lenovos are ok, but Macs are better.
  12. ChazSch macrumors 6502


    May 7, 2014
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    well said
  13. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Wow, if this works out, IBM could beat the number of G5 Powerbooks they used to order from Apple by around 200,000 a year!
  14. RogerWilco macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2011
    Are they getting the reach around discount? I seriously doubt that IBM is willing to pony up the roughly $300 premium over a Windows laptop -- makes no sense.
  15. nws0291, Jul 31, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2015

    nws0291 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    Lenovo quality has been horrible. We no longer purchase them at our company and we are a multi billion dollar pure software company. Mac laptops are by far the best since the serviceable life of them is better than anything else out there.
  16. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Awesome! I wish more corporations did the same thing. ;)
  17. enthusiastic macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2013
    I think if any Windows laptops are worth buying, they are ThinkPads. I have two of them. One bought in 2008 and one in 2013. Both are rock solid.
  18. icanhazapple macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2009
    are people still using desktop apps in 2015 at work, besides Office and maybe a few legacy apps? Many line of business apps have converted to web applications, and new apps are being built as web apps. Why? Because they run on anything.

    Operating system wars are over in the Enterprise, for desktops. The web won.
  19. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    I could see more businesses following IBM's lead especially since Lenovo has installed spyware/malware in the past.
  20. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Just be cause they are MACs doesn't mean they will not be running windows.
  21. popnfresh macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2004
    San Francisco
    Big mistake. When they realize what a CPU-clogging clusterfrack OS X has become they'll go running back to Windows.
  22. JPSaltzman macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2011
    Does this mean the return of Snow Leopard and Rosetta? (I can always dream.)
  23. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014

    Its just a tool. The notebook has little to do with anything else esp culture!
  24. D.T., Jul 31, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2015

    D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I think this relationship will ultimately be very fruitful (pun slightly intended...). IBM services, backend platforms, expertise in the enterprise/big gov space with Apple providing an improved user facing experience and the client side platforms (iOS/OSX). This seems like a "Yeah, we're serious" sort of move :)

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