Mac is making its way into more corporate offices

While Apple has always lagged behind competitors in enterprise use, it has seen an “unprecedented” increase in corporate use recently, according to a recent survey. The question is: Is this growth sustainable? 

A JAMF Software survey found that almost every organization supports Apple products in some form. Ninety-six percent of respondents said they support Macs, while 84% support iPhones and 81% support iPads.

And according to these survey respondents, Apple is making inroads with business. About two-thirds (68%) reported seeing a rise in Mac usage in the past year, and 67% said they expected Apple products to cut into PCs user base share over the next three years.

User choice forcing IT’s hand

Part of the reason for the rise of Mac and Apple products is that IT rarely provides all of users’ equipment anymore. Almost seven in ten companies have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place, according to recent figures.

Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing: 64% of those surveyed by JAMF said they felt Macs were easier to manage than other platforms.

But in reality, it still makes up a smaller portion of the user base by a wide margin. So supporting a few of one kind of device has the potential to be a bigger time commitment than having uniform equipment once was.

For the time being, even companies that don’t offer support for Apple products may want to make sure their apps and services are able to support the iOS and OS X platforms. That way, if they ever do or have users who are permitted to have these devices, it could be easier to support them.