On August 19, 2011, I asked a poll question related to the announcement by Hewlett-Packard that it was looking to get out of the personal computer business.
One of the themes of the poll question was the fact that we don't have as many choices in PC manufacturers as we once did. According to the poll results, Dell is the PC maker the majority of TechRepublic members will turn to if there is no HP, or HP-derived, competitor.
I also wondered if brand still mattered when choosing a business PC, and the poll results are very clear that brand does, indeed, still matter. Buying a business PC may be more of a commodity than it once was, but members are still looking for dependable brands and, probably more importantly, brands with some appreciable form of support.
I was somewhat surprised by the shunning of Apple as a potential supplier of a computer, however. Despite Apple's consumer success, the company has very little traction in the business sector still. Why is that? Do you have a theory? Is it mostly price or are there other factors?
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.