Mac Friendly

February 29, 2012 by Gabe | [mmd] |

The Loop links to a job listing site that now includes employer support for Macs.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in my opinion. I know of several companies in the Biotech sector that never considered deploying Apple products that are now currently supporting iPads and iPhones and planning on supporting Macs in the future. While designers in the corporate communications offices were vocal about wanting Macs, no one else really cared. Now everyone wants a Mac, from the executive branch on down. This phenomenon did not exist until individual employees began to bring in their own hardware. They bought iPhones and iPad in droves and demanded access to their email and calendars.

One of my biggest gripes of my current job is the lack of Mac support for desktop computing. I am far less productive on Windows.1 Just yesterday morning I wasted 10 minutes doing my morning restart-dance with Windows 7. Every day I perform this dance. If I don't, the rest of the day is fraught with hangs and slow application switching. At this point in my career, Mac support is quite high in the list of things I would look for in a new job.

For the first time in my memory, IT is being driven by the employee and everyone appears happier. IT departments are being pushed to conform to Apple's philosophy of making the end user happy before anything else. And for the first time, everyone actually likes the IT group. Ok, "likes" is a strong word.

  1. Before I get any hate mail, I've been a Windows user since it only had four colors. Before that I was a Dr-DOS user. I use Windows every day, 8-10 hours per day. That's how I know it sucks.