IBM Rolls Out New Service To Help Businesses Deploy Macs

For years, enterprises have largely been the domain of PCs, with Macs confined to the desks of graphic designers, video editors, and other creative professionals. But that might be about to change, thanks to IBM.

Big Blue announced yesterday that it has developed a new cloud-based service to help enterprises integrate Macs into their systems and applications. The new service comes via IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services and is designed to bring Macs into the fold of enterprise IT infrastructure.

Although PCs have long dominated enterprise IT departments, the balance is starting to shift as more professionals adopt Macs either at work or at home, and more enterprises allow their employees to bring them to the office.

Growing Number of Macs in the Office

According to IBM, shipments of Macs are outpacing the industry average, and have grown faster than the PC industry over the last decade. The result has been an increasing number of Macs in the workplace. IBM said the new offering is actually based on its own experiences in integrating Macs into its infrastructure through its Mac@IBM program.

The company said that it had already been offering the service to several clients on an ad-hoc basis before deciding to offer it as a standard service to enterprises looking to deploy at scale.

EUAs these devices are used more in the workplace, people expect the same experience they enjoy with Apple technology in their personal lives,EU said Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services.

The new service will allow enterprise clients to order new Macs and have them configured and delivered to employees directly, ensuring that they are set up for secure network access and can connect to e-mail systems and business applications. IBM said the service will also support employees who want to bring their...

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