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Will Mac eventually dethrone Windows in the enterprise?

It is well known that as PC sales decline overall, not helped by the underwhelming release of Windows Vista, Mac sales are increasing by leaps and bounds. At the same time, these newly sold Macs are making their way into the enterprise at all levels. Once the pet machines of art, design and the want-to-be elite, Macs are becoming more common place in all areas of business.

Take me for example. Although I was never a Windows fan, I exclusively used Linux on a PC daily. I just bought my first Mac (the new aluminum unibody Macbook) and I am very happy with the machine. Sure, the price was a little high, but I feel as though I got a lot for my money. As long as the laptop stands the test of time the way my ancient Dells have, I will not be sorry that I bought a Mac. I bought my better half an iMac last Christmas and a new Macbook this Christmas, so now we have three Macs. If the refresh of the 17″ Macbook Pro is everything I am expecting it to be (primarily a quad core,) I will add that to my collection the day it is released.

Apple is definitely doing things right at a time when Microsoft and the PC industry as a whole is sliding. Steve Jobs is a smart guy, and I’m sure that he realizes this. Steve, if you are reading this, keep up the good work. People are counting on you for so much more than a PC or iPod. They are counting on you to revitalize and redefine the industry.

Recently, a Network World article covered this exact topic. Here is the opening paragraph with the link to the full article below.

“The Mac OS has long been known as an operating system for graphic artists, creative folks and those who prefer to treat their personal computers as, well, personal. Widespread business use is almost unheard of. But lately there’s been a lot of discussion that Apple may be about to make a big push into the enterprise market. Here are four stories about people and companies whose positive thoughts about their Windows-based PCs may be waning.”

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/122308-judging-enterprise-mac-os.html

Making desktop Linux work for business | InfoWorld | Analysis | 2008-07-01 | By Neil McAllister

Today’s IT managers face tough choices. PCs that run fine today have an uncertain upgrade path, now that Microsoft has chosen to discontinue Windows XP. Upgrade costs associated with Vista, coupled with the ever-escalating cost of application licenses, make switching to desktop Linux an increasingly attractive option.

For many businesses, however, it’s difficult to know where to begin. The Linux market is broad and thriving, with myriad options to choose from. Most organizations will want to phase in Linux gradually, which in many cases will mean supporting a heterogeneous computing environment for the first time. As a result, it can be hard to predict where software incompatibilities might affect critical business processes.

Fortunately, the future of Linux on the business desktop has never been brighter. Bolstered by contributions from some of the biggest names in IT, today’s Linux offers a rich, highly functional user experience to compete with any proprietary OS. With appropriate planning, integrating a limited number of Linux desktops into your existing environment can be undertaken with minimal difficulty, paving the way for a broader migration tomorrow.

Making desktop Linux work for business | InfoWorld | Analysis | 2008-07-01 | By Neil McAllister

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Using Google to power your business – Part 1

Because small and medium sized businesses power America, I thought it apt to share how Google can help grow and power your business. From now on I will refer to small and medium sized businesses as SMBs to cut down on unnecessary typing. There are a myriad of services that Google offers which can be used by SMBs, but today I will only focus on two of those: Blogger.com and Gmail.

Let’s start with the fact that you’re reading this post on blogger.com. Blogger.com is one of Google’s many free services available to the aspiring internet entrepreneur. On blogger, you can create a blog, post to it regularly, share pictures and ideas, allow people to comment on your posts and even write about your business. A blog is an excellent place to post news about your business and talk about your business in general. This can also be a great place for attracting potential new customers who happen to run across your business blog while searching the internet. If your business blog talks about environmental issues then people searching for environmental issues may happen across your blog and see that you are in the business of providing environmental news, tips or services. This can be a great boost to your customer base and also give you a free advertising platform moving forward.

Most modern businesses rely on email for day to day communication. Email can be a great internal communication tool as well as a great advertising tool if your customer base signs up for a mailing list from your company. This allows you to email special news, deals and promotions to your customers. Google offers a free email service called Gmail. You can sign up for a Gmail account at http://www.gmail.com Gmail is by far one of the best and most flexible email services out there. It is primarily web-based meaning that you sign in on the internet and send and receive mail from there. It is also very easy to setup an email client like Microsoft Outlook, Eudora or Mozilla Thunderbird to send and receive mail. The one caveat to using Gmail is that by default you will have an ‘@gmail.com’ email address i.e. smbtechadvice@gmail.com. If you want to change that, you can purchase a domain name from GoDaddy (http://www.godaddy.com) and tie that domain to your Gmail account pretty easily. Google provides easy tutorials for that, and I’m sure the nice people at GoDaddy would be glad to help if you need it.

I would also like to note here that you should sign up for a Gmail account first because your Gmail login becomes your login for all other Google services that you may want to use. This makes life extremely pleasant with only one username and password to remember for all of Google’s services. With that said, I will dive into some other services that Google offers in future posts.

Good Luck!