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Apr 16, 2008, 09:03 AM
 
IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs — RoughlyDrafted Magazine

The first phase of the pilot program ran from October 2007 through January 2008. It distributed 24 MacBook Pros to researchers at different sites within IBM Research. Participants kept their existing ThinkPads, but were asked to only use them as a “last resort for applications not working yet on the Mac.”

After the four month test period, the 14 research scientists, 8 software engineers, a director, and a VP staff assistant participating in the pilot program were asked to provide feedback.

Of the 22 of 24 who responded, 18 said that the Mac offered a “better or best experience” compared to their existing computer, one rated it “equal or good,” and three said the Mac offered a “worse experience.” Seven reported having no or marginal prior knowledge of using Macs, while 15 reported having moderate or expert knowledge of the platform.


Software Issues for IBM to Address.
All of the participants reported that it was easy to install IBM’s internal software on the Macs. They listed a series of applications that were important or necessary for their work but not yet available for the Mac, including:

* IBM’s own DB2 database and Websphere application server
* IBM’s Rational Application Developer IDE for J2EE apps
* IBM’s WebSphere Integration Developer SOA development tool
* support for IBM’s InfoPrint workgroup laser printers
* Microsoft Visio diagraming software and NetMeeting video conferencing tool

Other drawbacks or weaknesses users reported in the Mac platform included support issues with IBM’s Lotus Sametime instant messaging software and a “lack of robustness or support for Microsoft applications - PowerPoint issues, no NetMeeting, [and] limitations for tools running on Internet Explorer.”


19 of 22 (86%) Users Ask to Keep the Mac.
However, when asked if they would rather keep their MacBook Pro or return to using their familiar ThinkPad, only three chose the ThinkPad; the rest decided to keep the Mac laptop and obtain VMWare Fusion licenses to run Windows when necessary.


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Apple has said it is focused on the consumer market, but it seems clear to me with updates to the iPhone that Apple isn't just going to ignore the enterprise client market. I think Apple desperately wants that market, but is going after it in a slow and steady fashion, using the consumer market as a testing ground, and I think that's very fair. The good news is that means that Apple not only has great growth potential in the consumer market with Macs, they have an even greater growth potential in the enterprise market.

I wouldn't be surprised to see some real enterprise Mac deals come 2010.

However, the enterprise server market is going to be that much harder to break into. IBM's own server apps don't exist on the Mac, and it's not as if it's a cakewalk to migrate stuff over. That said, Oracle was able to migrate it's database software to OS X, so it's definitely doable. Luckily OS X is unix based, making any such migration easier than it might have been.
     
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Apr 16, 2008, 10:29 AM
 
Kinda offtopic: Whoa, I'd think IBM would be a little hurt after the switch to Intel. It would be awesome to see a Mac with POWER6 in it.
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That's a pretty cool story.

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Apr 16, 2008, 11:21 AM
 
Originally Posted by C.A.T.S. CEO View Post
Kinda offtopic: Whoa, I'd think IBM would be a little hurt after the switch to Intel.
True, but IBM tends to be a very modular company. Even when they were pushing the G5, their server unit was still primarily pushing AMD's Opteron. G5 servers existed but were basically an afterthought.

Also, while the ThinkPad is their traditional notebook, it should be noted that IBM doesn't actually make ThinkPads anymore. It's all Lenovo, so IBM is less tied to ThinkPads then they might have been a few years ago.
     
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Apr 16, 2008, 01:05 PM
 
Well, isn't it great that there's a Lotus Notes client for Macs.





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Apr 16, 2008, 01:37 PM
 
Maybe phase 2 should include Windows XP pre-installed on the Macs with VMWare.
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Apr 16, 2008, 02:38 PM
 
not sure how IBM is effected by thinkpad sales, after the thinkpad lenovo deal went though. My understanding is that IBM is only in the server and it solutions market now.

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Apr 16, 2008, 03:07 PM
 
Don't the thinkpads still use that Red dot in the middle of the keyboard instead of a trackpad? Why the hell would any company still use those after 1995 for Christ's sake.

IBM is so behind in most ways.
     
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Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES View Post
Don't the thinkpads still use that Red dot in the middle of the keyboard instead of a trackpad?
No. They have both, and have had both for years.



IBM is so behind in most ways.
IBM doesn't make ThinkPads. I already mentioned it above.
     
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Plenty of customers seem to prefer the mouse clit to anything else.
     
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Originally Posted by Eug View Post
No. They have both, and have had both for years.
Wow that is actually WORSE. I mean giving people the option of the red clit and then that poorly designed trackpad that is way too small, recessed and harder to use, off centre and has at least 5 buttons to its name.

And ya I knew they sold their thinkpad line but even the newest ones I have seen still have the dot.

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Apr 16, 2008, 03:50 PM
 
I prefer it.

Don't knock thinkpads - really great machines. By far the most advanced and best PCs you can buy.
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Originally Posted by Peter View Post
By far the most advanced and best PCs you can buy.
... for the stuffy buisines crowd perhaps.

Is that a fingerprint scanner on there also? It also better have at least 5 flashing LED's to indicate hard drive or CD usage or it is no good.
     
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What the hell is your problem?
     
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What the hell is your problem?
Hardcore fanboi. The thought of someone other than Apple making a good machine irks him it seems.
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Apr 16, 2008, 04:30 PM
 
I always liked Thinkpads. I'd love an X61 with Leopard on it.
     
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ThinkPads are top heavy. My dad has a 17" ThinkPad it'll fall off your lap if you're not holding it down with your hands.
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Hardcore fanboi. The thought of someone other than Apple making a good machine irks him it seems.
Nope, just think they are ugly, bad usability and super dated.
     
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Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES View Post
Nope, just think they are ugly, bad usability and super dated.
Ugly - yes
Bad usability - just like any other PC laptop
Super dated - no

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I always thought that was a pencil eraser that got stuck in there by somebody stabbing the keypad.
     
   
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