I use Apple Macs extensively for education and training in many areas, and due to Mac OS X’s superiority in comparison to Windows, this looks set to become increasingly common in schools and businesses.
With the Macintosh now the PC of choice for many hard-core technology professionals, and Mac skills an in-demand speciality among IT pros, industry experts say that skills in Apple’s computer technologies are becoming increasingly important in IT.
“The Mac will be coming soon to a company near you, if it hasn’t already,” says Brian Vaughn, executive vice president of Dataprise, a network support and IT solutions provider. “If you’re a hard-core tech, having an OS X computer is the greatest thing in the world.” You not only have a consumer-friendly operating system, he says, but also “a world of open-source software” and all the possibilities offered by Unix.
While multimedia and design specialists have long used Macs, companies are now integrating the systems into their IT set-ups for a range of purposes. That means all sorts of techies should have some Macintosh expertise.
The skills IT professionals require — was evident to Vaughn when one of Dataprise’s clients, with about 100 computer users, made it clear that the company needed to have adequate Macintosh know-how. “Unless you can support our Macintosh enterprise, we’re not going to be able to stay with you guys,” Vaughn says Dataprise was told.
And now, with new Macs running on Intel chips, the Mac is capable of running not only Apple’s OS X and Unix, but also Windows. “This ability to have the best of both worlds on a single machine will result in further inroads of the Macintosh platform into the mainstream business environment — and increase the need for those who support company IT systems to be familiar with it,” Vaughn says.
If you would like information on getting or providing training in these necessary skills, or need help intergrating Macs into your own computer network, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Previously he worked in Education as an ICT Trainer delivering I.C.T / Audio/Visual solutions for Education and Business. Connect with Phil on Social
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