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Report: Mac sales are booming in enterprise, government

There have been conflicting statistics recently about whether Apple is losing or gaining share in the computer market. A new report says large enterprises are gobbling up Macs.

There have been conflicting statistics recently about whether Apple is losing or gaining share in the overall computer market. However, new numbers show Macs making significant gains with enterprise customers, especially really large companies and governments.

Web analytics company Net Applications reported earlier this month that in July Mac lost market share -- in terms of the percentage of computers accessing in the Web -- for fifth time in the past seven months, dropping to an even 5.0%. Meanwhile, around the same time, Deutsche Bank reported that Apple jumped from No. 7 to No. 3 in the global notebook market during Q2, on the strength of iPad sales.

Now we've got some more Q2 numbers. According to IDC, and reported by Fortune, Mac shipments to businesses increased by 49.8% year-over-year. That's more than triple the growth rate (15.7%) of enterprise sales as a whole. Mac sales to governments grew 200% YoY, which was 16 times faster than the 12.1% growth rate of that segment as a whole. Along with the government sales, Macs also showed the greatest growth in the biggest companies.

Take a look at the two charts below, then take the poll and jump in the discussion to tell us about whether these number are consistent with what you're seeing in your company.

Source: IDC, Needham, and Fortune

Source: IDC, Needham, and Fortune

What about in your company?

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41 comments
akfaka
akfaka

It's about time the stupid companies to wake up and learn to be smart by ditching the Windows garbage

jdayman
jdayman

Spam! Spam! Wonderful Spam!

dwdino
dwdino

a 200% increase, the government would only have to buy 500,000 desktops. That should be easy.

woomera
woomera

Sooo, they sold another pair? ^_^

ganton123
ganton123

that "Macs (are) making significant gains with enterprise customers, especially really large companies and governments"? Is it solely on the strength of iPad sales? And I saw an article on TR the other day about classification of the iPad. So, it's considered a "notebook"?

sboverie
sboverie

It has been a mixed enviroment where I work although lately Macbooks have been pushed across entire groups. The number of Macs increased in the last 2 years but has remained about the same mix of PCs and Macs. The ironic thing is that the Macs are broken as often as the PCs, the Mac users have to get VM ware and a copy of WinXP to use the applications for the enterprise. I think the emphasis on Macs was that the senior managers took the "I am a Mac/I'm a PC" commecial too seriously and were concerned with security. There are plans to move to Win7 soon for the rest of the enterprise. The charts seem to be misleading as they show growth and not number of units. If one place had 1 Mac and then bought 3 Macs then it would show as a 200% increase.

ymorua
ymorua

These charts and your article are misleading. The percentage of growth is based on total number of PCs versus total number of Macs. A 200% increase in Macs over PCs may equate to a very, very small number when one considers how many Macs are being counted versus how many PCs are being counted. If you don't understand where I'm going with this let me know and I'll give you some hypotheticals.

JamesRL
JamesRL

My company has zero Macs in a very large company. I have had the occasional request from some clients who want to run our client software at their location on a Mac.

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

One of the reasons why I finally broke down and got a MacBook was so that when they come into my agency, I can support them. Like anything else, the suits will think of us IT staff as magicians, and wave a magic wand to get things to work, just as they did with PCs. Though there hasn't been any purchasing of Apples here, I do expect to see some next year, but who knows.

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