Is there an anti-Mac corporate conspiracy? Columnist Charles Haddad thinks there could be as he explains in his latest
Byte of the Apple column for BusinessWeek Online .
The theory in question is this: corporate information-technology managers favor Wintel systems because they’re so complex that they help ensure the need for tech support and chief information officers while Macs would reduce this need. The idea isn’t Haddad’s, but comes from Greg Yurash, Web-content engineer at Associated Productions in Sunnyvale, CA, and a reader of the “Byte of the Apple” column.
Yurash and other readers have contacted Haddad about the “pockets of Mac users” in the corporate world. And the columnist notes that Mac OS X, which is Unix-based, is appealing to some engineering departments at both universities and big companies.
“While encouraging, these stories haven’t shaken my belief that most big companies aren’t interested in the Mac and never will be,” Haddad writes. “Why else would IT managers and tech workers be afraid to speak on the record about their Mac leanings? No, I think Yurash has it about right. Many IT managers favor befuddled users who are dependent on them. It’s only human nature, after all.”