At a time where PC sales are in the biggest period of decline in history, IBM has made a statement of intent by declaring that 90,000 of its employees are using Macs.
According to IBM, the deployment of Macs to its workforce has saved the company has managed to save up to $535.00 a device over the course of four years. This massively exceeds the previous forecast of $270 of saving a device.
Speaking at the seventh Jamf Nation User Conference in Minneapolis, IBM's VP of Workplace as Service Fletcher Previn said: “90,000 employees are now using Macs, up from 30,000 in 2015. 100,000 of IBM’s global workforce will be using Macs by the end of the year, he said, and the number is climbing.
“Not only has the company been saving between $264-$535 for each Mac deployment over four years, but just 3.5 percent of employees using a Mac will call the company help desk. Give employees the devices they want, manage those devices in a modern way, and drive self-sufficiency in the environment.”
Microsoft has traditionally dominated the enterprise space, but what wasn't mentioned at this conference was the exclusive deal struck by Apple and IBM in 2014.
Two years ago, IBM and Apple announced an exclusive partnership between the two companies that would see IBM creating and developing mobile apps for iPhone and iPad. The “IBM MobileFirst for iOS agreement” was designed as a way for IBM to sell iPhones and iPads with “industry-specific solutions” to businesses.
While IBM might be giving its employees Macs, it is worth noting that the company penned a deal with Microsoft earlier this year to become a Surface reseller.