There appears to be a momentum building against Windows PCs in USA with some high profile companies abandoning the business stalwart in favour of high fashion Apple Mac computers.
We have heard of IBM, Delta, and GE, and now the latest to join the movement is Walmart, according to an announcement at Jamf Nation User Conference, the largest Apple-focused IT event in the world.
There Walmart outlined its Mac choice program and noted that it found a significant drop in support costs among its current installed base of 7,000 Mac users, with the devices being managed using Jamf Pro software and Apple’s Device Enrollment Program.
According to Walmart’s Technical Expert Miles Leacy across a similar set of users, Windows PCs generate about 60 percent of all support issues compared to 40 percent related to Macs.
The pilot convinced Walmart to roll out an expanded Mac choice program, and the company expects to deploy as many as 100,000 Macs across the next year. Leacy noted that Macs could become the default choice for new employees, given Total Cost of Ownership savings.
While Apple’s Mac hardware usually costs more than comparable Windows PCs, lower support costs, less expensive licensing fees, higher user satisfaction and higher residual value for reselling used equipment at the end of its scheduled use contribute toward what Leacy called “Everyday Low Cost” for Walmart.
Walmart expects to officially announce its employee Mac choice program in the coming months.
Source: AppleInsider, Thanks Ricardo Dawkins for the tip.