Why Your Mac is Not Enterprise Software – The 5 Minute Synopsis

appleLet’s get the haters out of the way first…

Yes! I know Apple has a large enterprise customer base, but it’s nothing compared to Microsoft Windows.  Apple has brilliantly moved into the mobile enterprise space and may overwhelm Microsoft in the future, but I don’t have the ability to see the future so we’ll deal with the here and now.

Apple originally sold itself as the unique computer made for those trying to be different as seen below in this 1984 commercial. Microsoft on the other hand was designed with “corporate” in mind using “domains” to categorize and define corporate security environments. Things have changed dramatically in the last ten years much less the last few decades, but history dictated that these two methods (Apple vs Microsoft) originally didn’t communicate with each other since they used different protocols (NetBIOS vs AppleTalk).  In turn, corporate environments chose what worked most profitably and efficient which was generally the IBM designed NetBIOS.

…the next story is being written now…

macrumorsBut, the next story is being written now as Apple uses the common TCP/IP protocols and is pushing software products into many different business areas including healthcare.  My theory – Apple wants to take over your personal life then absorb you into the Mac kingdom so you’ll never leave for PCs again plus they’ll be able to anonymously mine and scrub your health data.  Thinking in this realm, the Apple Watch now wirelessly ties into iPhones and Mac computers using common bluetooth standards.  This makes software setup and syncing as easy as possible.  That data is then uploaded to corporate environments using HL7 and FIHR – common communication standards in healthcare.  Apple is still distinguished in its own right by being different in sales channels and product branding.  Only time will tell if Apple will take over the corporate environment, but they are making great strides.