Friday, May 05, 2006
How to Give an IT Director Fits
“I’ve been thinking, wouldn’t it be cool to transition the entire division to Macs?”
We have 3 Macs at home (yup, I'm married to a filmmaker) and I'm on an especially crappy PC here at work.
Here at my university the music faculty know more about Macs than the IT people do. So we support our own machines and they stay, for the most part, far, far away.
No virus or spyware issues. Still have Office. As long as most of your laser printers are poscript, you should be fine.
NetBoot and System Imaging are nice, and much cheaper than RIS + Ghost!
Also, most system images are universal, it works unmodified on a latop or desktop.
The few Windows only apps you can run through Remote Desktop. Printing magically "just works" with this setup.
If you IT Director was smart, he'd love it in the long run.
So, as I see it, there are 3 correct answers:
- I'll be happy to draw up a rough plan and numbers for you, but I can say there would be a lot of negatives during the transition, cost being the biggest.
- No. This doesn't work with our infrastructure and I have neither the staff nor funding to address those issues.
- Ha! Yea, wouldn't that be something. Good one, dude!
So, this is not to say I'm a Windows fanboy, I like and use Macs and Linux to the point I haven't had a Windows machine in 5+ years. But, global sweeping changes to an environment are generally fround upon by the people who have to do it (imagine re-org'ing your college every 3 years - ick).
That said, if you really want to see Macs become more popular, the tack to take would be to ask for more support, software and compatibility in your computing environment for Macs. Once the underlying support structure is equal, then people probably *will* choose Macs because it's no longer the less trodden path. Soon thereafter, world domination will just kinda happen peacably in the background :)
And they just look cooler.