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IBM Says Macs Are Cheaper Than PCs for the Long Haul


IBM might catch some heat for this, but at the Jamf Nation User Conference that was held yesterday, IBM VP of Workplace as a Service Fletcher Previn has stated that the company has given employees the opportunity to either choose a Mac or a PC. The company has also stated the amount of savings it will be able to garner if all the employees switch to a Mac. That is correct, what the company is trying to tell us is that it is ending up saving more money while purchasing Apple’s Mac products.

According to IBM, the Company is Saving up to $543 Per Mac Computer Compared to a PC

During the conference, IBM stated that it is saving anywhere between $273-$543 per Mac computer as opposed to a PC. However, it should be noted that the company made these calculations for a 4-year period. Now, if you also take into account the number of users that switch from a PC to a Mac while employed at IBM, it will result in considerable savings.

“But isn't it expensive, and doesn't it overload IT? No. IBM found that not only do PCs drive twice the amount of support calls, they're also three times more expensive. That's right, depending on the model, IBM is saving anywhere from $273 - $543 per Mac compared to a PC, over a four-year lifespan. "And this reflects the best pricing we've ever gotten from Microsoft.”

To be honest, from a productivity perspective, Apple’s macOS platform is quite refined and its timely updates also sweeten the deal too. For a short-term investment, naturally, Macs are going to be a costly product to afford, but if you take a look at several forums, some users are actually boasting their products are still running despite being purchased in the year 2008. While this might be a difficult pill to swallow, it is clear that Apple’s Mac products definitely last a long period of time.

“Employees receive a consumer experience from the moment they receive their Mac, which continues with a Workstation Asset Management Tool and a re-designed intranet, providing employees with an Apple-like, self-help experience. Not only do these additions drive self-sufficiency among employees, but they also help create confidence with the product.”

Despite costing more up front, Macs require less servicing compared to PCs. Thanks to their benefits, even IBM employees have started to show a great deal of affinity towards Apple’s products, with 73 percent saying that they want their next machine to be a Mac. In order to meet the demand scale, IBM is setting up 1,300 Macs every week, thus saving the company a great deal of money in the process. What are your thoughts on IBM’s impression of Macs? Do you share the same opinion? Tell us your thoughts right away.