Ha - Okay Bro - You live your world and I'll live mine - Glad to hear you have been in the industry for as long as you have and I am sure you know your shit - I can also tell you that I sit with CFOs and CEOs of any Fort 100 that is HQ'ed in the Midwest and the number one thing they all want to speak to me about (outside of Security) is Reduction in Operating Costs without sacrificing performance - We look at the cost of maintaing their desktop environment and what the same costs with a 50% (minimum) reduction by looking at either BYOD or Laptops and Tablets - When I can show Walgreens, Abbott, Baxter, Allstate, McDonalds, Kraft, Kelloggs (you see where I am going with this) and many more that the same $5M+ they spend on Desktop gets them into Laptop and Tablet be it BYOD or not will cover new leased equip, half the Data Center Space (I can talk to the reduction that cost too) and roll out and by year 2 they are at about $1.5M to maintain and after (12) mos see a $3.5M saving annually, the desktop becomes the way of a boat anchor
If I was not having this conversation at least once a week I would not even chime in - AND, I am not even in the HW game nor am I selling leases - I get hired for various reasons and one is by far the leader, do more with less and help me control costs without sacrifice and when we look at the cost to maintain the old Desktop environment, it is clear where they can improve
Also, why would Apple sell their OS to any other Mfg when keeping their OS to their specific hardware has made them one of the strongest players in the market? They are not competitive in Desktop because they have NO DESIRE TO BE - The world is going Mobile and they have been ahead of that curve for a decade now - Phone, Tablet, Macbooks have all forced other Mfgs to play catch up
I get that you are by the stats and what you see but many other see things differently and if I was not in these Executives offices having these discussions weekly, I would not have even chimed in
I see exactly where you're going with the desktops.... but that still doesn't address the FACT that Mac isn't doing squat in the corporate world nor will it for a long time. And to say desktops are going away is crazy.
Sure there are companies that have a mobile force out there but even them have a OS that needs to be ran that their accounting software or other apps can run on. And below is the answer the larger companies are going with.
And to save all that money you're talking about.... It's called VDI.
Here is VMware's VDI > http://www.vmware.com/products/view/overview.html
Thing is not everyone can work off a tablet or notebook. Just because you can do it doesn't exactly mean that you can be efficient. I can run a remote desktop client on a ipad.... works like shit compared to working off a notebook or desktop. I rather have my dual screen 23" screens going when logging into a system to work on.
All of my CPA clients can't stand working off a mobile device over a desktop machine. (They all use notebooks in the field but desktops in the office or docking stations.
Bottom line is (and my whole point I was trying to make) Apple SHOULD allow their OS to run on any system. IMO, that would allow users to buy hardware of their choice and be able to experience the mac os. It also could possibly help them move into the corporate world. More users = movement.
and BTW, I am a "cloud" provider(I hate that word..haha) and just because we can host doesn't mean that it fits every situation. I steer many clients into private cloud. Keeping their hardware in-house. Everyone is different, everyone has different needs. Not everyone can be a mobile force a lot depends on the nature of the business.