How and Why Mac Devices Are Used in Companies – Parallels Survey Part 2


Mac can now be found in more than 50% of all companies, showing an upward trend. How did this proliferation come about and why do companies and their employees prefer Mac in growing numbers? Some 1,000 IT professionals, mainly from small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs), participated in a survey about their company’s usage of Mac.

Software developers love Mac

The main reason quoted by respondents is Mac performance. This is not so much an opinion about the Mac hardware, which equals many other machines in good part. Most Mac models aren’t performance behemoths when compared to powerful workstations. The Apple computer’s strength often lies in their efficiency and perceived speed in getting work done. It is not least the software’s architecture and optimization that can make a difference in productivity.

Web and software developers benefit from the Unix foundation and built-in tools of macOS. Furthermore, Mac computers are the only ones available on the market that can run macOS, Windows and Linux—and with a solution such as Parallels Desktop™ for Mac, even multiple operating systems of this kind at the same time. This is another reason for the disproportionally high market share of Mac devices with developers. On the other hand, creative professionals for decades have used the software that has made Mac so significant for publishing and visual media, being highly optimized and running exceptionally well on macOS.

Mac is regarded to be safer

Safety comes in second place among the main reasons for using Mac. This is a classic part of the macOS image; there is less malware around for this operating system and it is less easily foisted on unsuspecting users. The strict separation of system data from user data really helps. Add to that useful tools such as the hard drive encryption program FileVault and the iCloud Keychain password manager. IT administrators may be interested in the fact that these onboard safety nets can be enabled and configured via a device management solution, relieving users from the effort of taking care of them.

Other major reasons quoted for employees using Mac were:

Businesses running Parallels Desktop on their Mac devices can add further use options and features to this already broad range of benefits. We have outlined them here for you.

The next article of this series will be covering reservations and challenges within businesses that keep them from using Mac.

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