Enterprise Desktop Alliance Conducts Survey of 2010 Mac Plans

December 16, 2009 in Announcements (E)

[prMac.com] Sunnyvale, California - The Enterprise Desktop Alliance today opened a new survey to query IT administrators about their plans to support the Mac in their Windows-centric IT environments. The results of the survey will provide an update to the Enterprise Desktop Alliance's 2008 survey which reported:

* 90% of respondents stated that integration with Windows was important to their organization
* Active Directory integration was the number one issue for Mac integration in a Windows-managed environment.
* 74% of the respondents expected to increase the number of Macs in their organization.

Results of the original Survey, "Administrators Speak Out About Managing the Mac in a Windows Infrastructure," conducted in December 2008 are available at the Enterprise Desktop Alliance web site.

The current survey looks back to whether those plans were realized during the last difficult year. It also goes into greater depth on the priorities of those tasked with managing Macs in a Windows oriented IT infrastructure. The survey hopes to determine if priorities have shifted and purchasing plans have been affected.

Because the member companies of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance provide cross-platform solutions it will be valuable to have responses from IT administrators responsible for both Windows and Mac management to contribute to the survey at Enterprise Desktop Alliance 2009 Survey.

Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA) solutions are specifically designed to maintain the Mac experience for users even as they interface with the Windows infrastructure. At the same time, by extending the standard Windows-based management environment, EDA solutions enable the Mac to be viewed and to act as a peer to Windows in an enterprise. Using solutions from EDA companies, IT administrators can deliver the same standards of service, maintain uniform client configuration, enforce the same security controls, make the same sharepoints and print queues available, deliver the same disaster recovery, and enforce the same compliance policies for both Mac and Windows systems. And those same capabilities can be applied to the virtual version of Windows that runs on the Mac.