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Everyday I talk to companies that are starting down a path, away from the old Windows centric paradigm, to do something "different".  Sometimes that is a fringe purchase of a new Mac here or there (see the CEO with a Macbook Air); sometimes it is a commitment to use iWork or "Open Office" instead of of MSFT Office; sometimes this is wholesale "switching".  My favorite is the company that makes the decision to go all Macs, and then says "OK, now, what kind of software runs on these things?" 

For me, here, the Enterprise is business.  Companies large and small.  I am facinated by and interested in the use of Apple products in any kind of business.

How Apple products are are faring in the Enterprise is a great topic of discussion. I am watching companies providing solutions (I work for one), and observing how Apple talks to the Enterpise.


iBusiness - THE Apple/Mac Business Journal (at last!)

I am looking forward to this new business magazine.  There have been plenty of Mac magazines and websites over the years. There have PLENTY of technology business journals over the year.  I don't recall any magazine, at any time that hits the sweet spot that iBusiness will.

Sign up for your subscription now: iBusiness

We'll all know a lot more after this first edition, but this magazine will hit the sweet spot and appael to those many, many of us who enjoy using Apple Technology in the Enterprise.  We proponents of Apple in the enterprise, let's support this magazine. 


So Long Xserve

I suppose that none of us should be surprised that earlier this month Apple killed the Xserve.  Apple has been doubling down on the consumer attack for months, years.  It is obvious that the strategy is

  1. Go after the consumer
  2. Go after the consumer
  3. Work with business customers that come knocking on the door
  4. Help the consumer customers drag the Macs and iTechnology into the Enterprise

 I cannot fault Apple for this strategy.  I see it working, every day.  The technology continues to gain market and mind share.  Just last month giant computer/technology distributor Ingram announced that they are seeing increased pull on the iPad in the Enteprise.  With their continued growth in the phone/handset market, more and more iPhones are showing up in businesses every day.

There are still servers in their line up.  At xTuple, we are seeing the Mac Mini server win great adoption as a server for all kinds of applications in businesses.  The Mac pro is there, if you need a beefier server.  Apparently, that will be all you get.  And if demand is any indicator, it's all that the market is asking for.


Apple TV in Business


It's always dangerous for me to walk into the Apple Store.  I rarely come out without spending money on something.  And, well, let's face it.  If I am going to comment on Apple Technology, especially Apple Technology in the Enterprise, I should be evaluating everything they have.  Certainly everything as reasonably priced as the Apple TV.

After spending time getting the tour of the Apple TV in person, I just HAD to ask if they had any in stock.  My Apple Specialist came back with the LAST one.  Don't you know that I walked out with one.

The Apple TV was literally set up in minutes.  I am a recent convert to Netflix.  This is the best Netflix interface I have seen yet.  It's a nice little player for the TV.  It does feel like it gets us closer to being able to get rid of wretched monthly Cable TV bill.  These things can go anywhere.

Here the bottom line.  I just don't see ANY business angle.  Do you?  If you do, please let me know.  I would love to hear one.


The Lion and the iPad (Oh well)


Ok, well, at least I didn't get myself TOO worked up.  I cannot help it.  Most of us can't.  Every Apple announcement ends up getting SO much hype that we cannot escape getting overly optimistic, if not delusional for what could be.  I guess I should just stop looking to the Wall Street Journal for real insight on how Apple will work its way into the Enterprise.  Maybe they are the place to go, after, when it's all been said, done, and confirmed.

Not much to report on the Apple Technology in the Enterprise front.  Some nice new features.  As an Mac/iPad/iPhone user, I look forward to the new features.  I am sure there is more coming, but today, I did not see much to help me get more Mac in the Enterprise.


The Lion and the Enterprise

I don't know about this one.  There was quite a bit of buzz around my circles today based on The Wall Street Journal's article predicting that Apple Technology in the Enterprise will be a big part of tomorrow's Apple announcement.  Believe me, I want it to be.  I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the entire event to be about how well Apple is positioned in business.  I am not going to lull myself into that one.  But I am hopeful. My hope is due, at least in part, to some of stats touted by the Apple Execs during Monday's earnings announcement.

First, CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealing these fun iPhone facts:

"Adoption of iPhone within the enterprise continues to accelerate. In fact, since we've shipped iPhone 4, we've seen extraordinary growth from 60% to more than 80% of Fortune 500 companies deploying or piloting iPhone. Enterprise CIOs continue to add iPhone to their approved device list worldwide.

Most recently, Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Pfizer, Allstate, and Cardinal Health and Global 500 accounts such as Aviva Group, Total, Novartis, Roche and Sanofi-Aventis have made iPhone available to their employees."

Later, Oppenheimer bolstered the iPad with more of the same:

"Since the launch of iPad, over 65% of the Fortune 100 is already deploying or piloting iPad."

Later in the Q&A section, COO Tim Cook went on about the iPad:

"...., about two-thirds of the Fortune 100 are deploying or piloting iPad. And I don't know about you, but I've never seen an adoption like this in my life in enterprise. Enterprise is historically much slower moving on adoption."

Here is what I am glomming on to, as foreshadowing for the Lion event:

"We put enormous energy in the company, in engineering, in software to build a number of enterprise features in the OS. You've seen that, it gets better and better as we step through the different OS releases."

Yes, this is exciting stuff.  But does it signal a new business strategy for Apple?  Could it be a noticable, marked commitment to businesses of all sizes for Apple?  I wish.  I am ever optimistic.

If the comments above are ANY signal at all, I do think there will be some nod to Business and the Enterprise tomorrow.  I can see something in the Macbook Air space that would be especially appealing to the Enterprise.  Engadget news seems to point that way.  A more powerful, and possibly less expenseive Macbook Air would be a sure winner.  An Apple exec or two promoting this as an ideal corporate laptop is believable.

I am no prognosticator, but I don't see anything else in the tarrot cards pointing to more Enterprise focus.  Tim Cook himselft, after making those enticing comments above, goes on to say their focus remains on the consumer.  Still, I look forward to the forthcoming Lion.  Apple could certainly do some more things there to get more corporate IT types excited about integration with their Windows centric networks.  The IT Managers are figuring that out anyway.  It's getting forced down their throat, as more and more end users bring their technology preferences to work.

I am looking forward to tomorrow, as always.  Come on Apple, surprise me!