What are the biggest hurdles in converting your office fleet of PCs to Mac?
- It can’t be security, as Mac is just as secure with full disc encryption, controls over admin privileges and even locking a boot-up to a specific server.
- It can’t be set up as it is easier to install, manage and download data onto a new Mac.
- It can’t cost as the cost of operation is very competitive with Macs frequently coming out cheaper in the long run.
Your biggest barrier in migrating to Mac is legacy
MAC – Chances are, your whole office fleet is set up to run on windows with only a few, lucky creatives working on Macs. But in a professional landscape that is becoming less sedentary, with more hot-desking, more travel and fewer fixed hours, the working world is becoming more fluid, not to mention more employees prefer to work on their personal device, BYOD. There is an advantage all down the line in encouraging employees to work more fluidly, it’s better for the environment, better for the home-life, better for production. But it is in the home where Apple has won the war. The proliferation of Apple devices, iPods, iPads, iPhones, has led to an increase in Macs bought in the aftermath, providing sharing and compatibility across all devices and the family.
There are, of course, pitfalls for an IT department. Providing access to the corporate VPN and infrastructure needs consideration but is not an insurmountable problem once the green flag has been given to look into it. Once all is up and running, your IT manager can focus on the more critical and time-sensitive projects, safe in the knowledge that they will be called upon less frequently for the day to day running of the laptop. And, with most IT managers being Windows specialists, rather than for Mac support and infrastructure, the good news is that there are agencies out there willing to pick up the daily slack, both remotely and face to face, for a very moderate fee.
3 signs you need help with Mac support
Let’s be honest, we all need a little help from time to time. The key is in knowing where and who to ask for it. Having in place the right IT support for your staff is crucial to their productivity:
- Is your team spending an inordinate amount of time googling for help with their Mac?
- Is your team spending more time in the café complaining about their Macs rather than getting on with the job?
- Is your laptop a source of frustration rather than a precious aide?
If problems with the fleet of laptops have become a source of stress at work, then it might be time to reach out to an IT support company. The laptop is a vital professional tool. If it is not helping your staff be more efficient then your IT strategy needs revising.
As with any job, be it creative or administrative, it is simply frustrating having downtime enforced because of a problem with your laptop. This is why it makes sense to have experts at the touch of a button rather than wasting more time googling for a solution. The generic answers in the online forums are sometimes helpful but the time is taken to find one that is could be far better used putting the final touches on your presentation.
Take a look back at your day. Would a quick stitch in time not have saved nine? Colyer’s friendly IT managers are at your disposal, for either a quick call to explain how something works or for the bigger jobs, in order to get you back up and running.