Skip to comments.GE to offer Macs to their 330,000 employees as it standardizes on iOS for mobile
Posted on 10/26/2017 8:52:58 PM PDT by Swordmaker
We saw yesterday how Microsofts absence in mobile led to the removal of Surface tablets from Deltas employee offerings, and today we have more evidence of the erosion of Microsofts dominance in the enterprise as companies increasingly work to simplify their platforms.
Industrial giant GE has announced a partnership with Apple to bring Predix, GEs software platform for the Industrial Internet, to Apples iPhone smartphones and iPad tablets.
The new Predix-iOS software development kit will include tools that software developers can use to write industrial apps that will run on Apples iOS operating system.
The new partnership means that a wind turbine mechanic in Oklahoma and engineers in New York City can use their iPhones to collaborate on fixing a problem that normally would require a trip back to headquarters by launching, say, Apples FaceTime video chat and make real-time decisions with instant visuals.
We are really taking these very complex industrial scenarios and bringing them together with the simplicity of the iOS experience, explains Kevin Ichhpurani, GE Digitals executive vice president and corporate officer who leads the units ecosystem and channels.
As part of the partnership, GE will make iPhones and iPads the preferred mobile devices for their workers around the world.
GE will also be offering Apples Mac computers as an option for their 330,000 employees.
The Register, commenting on the news, notes that this follows the footsteps of IBM, who switched 100,000 employees to Macs and reported reduced total cost of ownership over a four-year period of $273 to $543 per Mac due to lower support costs.
In both cases the entry point for Apple has been their mobile offering, and the Regs Andrew Orlowski notes:
Microsoft can no longer offer the end-to-end proposition that served it so well, even if parts of the proposition were far from best-in-class. It owned the clients, and the developer stack, and a large part of the server tier. Now it doesnt, and if the client base melts away, this doesnt make Azure particularly compelling.
As Apple, who is currently a Top 15 enterprise vendors with $25 billion in annual revenue, becomes increasingly focussed on enterprise, due to the saturation of the consumer market and the great margins available there, Microsoft may be facing a challenge it is now very ill prepared for.
I wonder how many board members the two companies share?
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“IBM, who switched...” Wow x 10. Holy paradigm shift, Batman. My father purchased an IBM 386 instead of a Mac SE in 1990, because the 386 was preferred by responsible scientists.
That figure has actually changed. They had installed 100,000 by the end of 2016. It's over 200,000 now and they are installing 2000 per week.
As for "responsible scientists," that's changed too. Here is a photo of the Curiosity Lander team at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the day of the landing. . . look at their choice of computers. . . and yes, except for one guy in the foreground, they are by a vast majority using MacBooks running OS X.
It's actually a logical choice as the Apple computer is a fully functional UNIX machine capable of running far more software than any Windows computer. . . including all the Windows software.
Normally, I would agree with you.
However, this news came out on Monday.
For the week, GE is down almost 10%.
Microsoft had a big earnings surprise today, and is up almost 4% on the week.
Microsoft earnings were especially impressive for Azure and Cloud Services.
My First Impression - Microsoft is staying competitive with Amazon, which is the number one Cloud computing company.
Second Impression - the market is not impressed with Predix, which is GE's proprietary Cloud platform.
Late 80s laptops hit the tech world and I changed hats to the process control field. Went through a lot of laptops using them in the field but they were a game changer. Used it for data collection (raw data via RS232 to the computer was several hundred numbers per cycle and a 3.5 floppy disk would hold 4 to 8 hours of run time. Back in the office, would import all the data into Quattro Pro, graph things, pull out the key data groups then run statistics on them using the built in stats of the spreadsheet. Oh, the reason I went through a laptop every 12 months or so was abuse. Seems that they just dont like being left outside in a production plant sitting on a concrete block with a tarp thrown over it for protection. I had fun with repair geeks over this and soon gave up on thinking about repair. Why spend $500 or more for repair for a computer that was already out of date after 1 year. Toss it and keep on truckin!
Yeah, it was a different time. I remember someone asking me (in 1993 or ‘94) why I had bought a ‘toy computer.’ I had a Mac Powerbook. This was in the pre-Windows 95 era, when Windows/DOS was still incredibly user-unfriendly compared to Mac OS 6/7 (or whatever they were on at the time). I guess ‘pain-in-the-neck to use’ was considered the mark of a ‘serious’ computer back then.
One of my friends came to the Philippines, with a new IPhone 8+. The difference in the camera of the iPhone 6 and the Iphone 8+ was staggering. Sometimes the human eye cant tell much of a difference. The 8+ camera is head and shoulders above the IPhone 6. There was a huge, VISIBLE difference.
“It’s actually a logical choice as the Apple computer is a fully functional UNIX machine capable of running far more software than any Windows computer. . . including all the Windows software.”
What Apple really should do is come out with “power user” machines including a tower type computer with consumer parts. Right now MacBook “Pros” are quite underpowered compared with the mobile workstations available from Dell, HP and Lenovo. Those machines include Xeons, ECC RAM, and pro level GPUs.
I’m cautiously optimistic about the forthcoming modular Mac Pros, and the iMac Pro. If executed well, they’re a start.
Apple is now the largest company in the world by market cap. It needs to get back to its roots by providing powerful machines for innovators. I’d sure like to see Tim Cook replaced by a technologist.
It surely didn’t originate with the troops in the trenches. Apple has floundered and they need a boost.
Actually, it did start in the trenches. The employees were demanding that GE, and before that IBM, give them Macs, because they were more productive on their Macs and had far less down time. IBM tried it and found they had huge savings on IT costs. . . in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
So sad, you are just wrong, again.
I wish the company I work for would switch over. They have a contract with Dell, and I am so damn sick of the aggravating performance of Windows 10, Office, Enterprise and SharePoint. Mostly just little annoying things like it invariably switches open document/applications location from the monitor I had it opened in to another monitor every time the computer goes to sleep. Randomly. No particular pattern. I could go on an on. Total crap.
You’re going to have to prove that.
A small minority of know-it-all loudmouths would be more accurate.
No corporate entity should ever use Windows 10. It transmits to Microsoft file names. That is a major violation of intellectual property rights since many filenames comprise sensitive information.
Sorry, I'm not going to even try to prove it to a know it all loud mouth such as you. You wouldn't believe it anyway.
The proof is in the pudding. . . GE and IBM, who both started from the same point of employee demand, are now switching over to Apple hardware because it is more economical and the employees are happy.
“This table was manually typed into a Quattro Pro spreadsheet.” Very interesting. Amazing.
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