IBM embraces workplace Mac usage with cloud services

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IBM has announced a cloud-based programme to help organisations integrate Macs into their existing infrastructure with as little strain on the IT department as possible.

The cloud-based IT services will help enterprises put Macs alongside PCs in the workplace, meaning employees can run the same applications without issue.

Companies wanting to run Macs in their organisation can order machines including 12in MacBook with Retina display, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, and Mac Pro directly from IBM. They will all be set up to the company's specification as well as shipping with the Casper Suite from JAMF Software and IBM's enterprise integration and support services.

By providing this programme, IBM said companies will preserve time, reduce costs and ensure employees get the best experience possible while at their desks.

IBM explained it added the offering to its portfolio of services because adoption of Mac OS-powered devices is on the rise in the business world. The company added it's also an important strategic move in cementing IBM's relationship with Apple to push enterprise adoption of OS X technologies.

"Ease of adoption and use are at the foundation of every Apple product, and as these devices are used more in the workplace, people expect the same experience they enjoy with Apple technology in their personal lives," said Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services.

"IBM's new enterprise services ensure a great user experience for clients using Macs, providing world-class support from installation through the life of the product."

Clare Hopping
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Clare is the founder of Blue Cactus Digital, a digital marketing company that helps ethical and sustainability-focused businesses grow their customer base.

Prior to becoming a marketer, Clare was a journalist, working at a range of mobile device-focused outlets including Know Your Mobile before moving into freelance life.

As a freelance writer, she drew on her expertise in mobility to write features and guides for ITPro, as well as regularly writing news stories on a wide range of topics.