Corporate users aren’t ready to Switch
I am very excited about the new Intel-based Apple Macs. On my suggestion, my mother just purchased an iMac and she’s thrilled. I’m thinking about one for me as well.
But all the Apple fanboys are writing that this will finally be what it takes to get corporate users to switch to Mac. Fat chance.
The problem is that corporate users need their corporate applications. Every department has some custom application that was written for Windows in Visual Basic or C++. It could be the accounting system, or the sales contact manager, or the production scheduling system, whatever. These are mission critical applications, and people often keep them running nonstop on their Windows PCs. Even if they primarily use Microsoft Office, they still need the ability to cut-and-paste reports from these custom systems.
It just isn’t cost effective for companies to replace these systems all at once.