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Using Macs running Apple’s silicon could save many bucks for IT organizations

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The research done at Forrester, as part of its Forrester study, states data about the updated total cost of ownership for Macs running Apple Silicon vs. the competitors on the market. According to the study, organizations could save over $800 over three years compared to a PC by using Apple’s device.

“We’re getting computing power to entry-level positions that are on par with what we used to provide to only our high-end users. So, a lot of extra productivity comes with that.”

The report also mentions that when you include data from the M1 Macs, Macs will save organizations $635 per Mac if we compare the cost of support and operation. They use technology such as zero-touch deployment and mobile device management to manage Macs in the workplace and this requires fewer IT employees to handle tasks than those running PCs.

And the best thing about Apple’s M1-powered MacBook Air is that more employees can use them without reporting performance issues. In the case of Intel, more employees would need to upgrade the RAM or possibly to a MacBook Pro. Upgrading a RAM will cost around $90 which doesn’t sound much but think about upgrading 1000+ computers, now that’s a lot.

The report also cites the lack of operating system license or software maintenance contract for the Mac. Some of the underlying security features eliminate the need for additional endpoint security licenses as well.

In the report, ahead of corporate IT in the financial services industry said:

“We haven’t had any malware incidents in the three years since we moved to a 100% Mac deployment. We can see the traction and retention benefits, the productivity, and the innovation that Macs enable. But, ultimately, we went with Mac for security, and it’s very strong.”

Macs, while not impenetrable, offer a lot of protection out of the box thanks to Touch ID, FileVault 2, and Gatekeeper technology which are designed for consumer’s ease of use.

The report also cites improved employee performance as a key metric. Organizations that use Mac improve their retention rate by 20%, and productivity increases by %5.

Interviewees generally reported increased employee satisfaction, and they said employees who choose Mac are less likely to leave. Additionally, the performance improvements across all tasks in the MacBook Air M1, the extended battery life, and the elimination of a fan make employees more productive and decrease the number of interruptions per day.

What do you think is best for organizations, Apple’s M1-powered devices or the old Intel.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers has been managing an enterprise IT network since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a mobile device management system, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi, 100s of Macs, and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, train users, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for IT departments.

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