Mac at work
A new Cisco study compares Mac and PC usage in enterprise environments, focusing on security, cost, preference, and performance, and finds that the Mac still performs surprisingly well.
Cisco recently conducted extensive research examining the impact of Macs versus PCs in hybrid work environments. This study, based on an analysis of internal company data covering more than 130,000 employees in 99 countries, provides insight into the potential benefits of the Mac in enterprise settings.
There are some differences in cybersecurity between Mac and PC users. Mac users tend to have lower rates of infection from viruses and other cyber threats, according to Cisco Secure Endpoint discovery data. Biometric security is also more commonly used among Mac users, with approximately 89% using the technology compared to 29% of PC users.
Additionally, the update process for macOS Ventura appears to be faster than Windows 11, which could make the Mac a better choice for those who prioritize updating to the latest technology.
When it comes to cost, the study challenges the idea that Macs are inherently more expensive. According to Cisco, Macs have been cost-competitive with PCs for three years, depending on the hardware model.
And as has happened before, the Mac’s initial price may be a deterrent for buyers. However, Cisco estimates the Mac will cost $148 to $395 less over three years.
The study also highlights employee choice and performance. The study shows that 60% of Cisco employees currently use Mac devices, and when given the choice during device upgrade cycles, a significant number of PC users—24%—choose to switch to a Mac. This indicates a growing preference for Apple products that provide employees with more platform capabilities.
In terms of productivity and user satisfaction, the study suggests potential benefits associated with using a Mac. It reports a reduction in the need for IT administrators to support staff using Macs and higher levels of satisfaction among Mac and iPhone users regarding IT support.
Cisco IT has developed a built-in total cost of ownership (TCO) calculator that is used to analyze key program components from a cost perspective. The calculator is now available to everyone.