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According to a January 2012 Forrester blog by analyst Frank Gillett entitled "Apple Infiltrates the Enterprise: 1/5 of Global Info Workers Use Apple Products For Work!," in early 2012, 21 percent of information workers used Apple devices at work, and almost half of all enterprises were issuing Macs to at least some employees - numbers that are only expected to grow in 2013. Further underscoring the need for the Parallels Management plug-in as a viable and necessary solution, a January 2013 Forrester report1 on the latest version of Microsoft System Center concludes, "[System Center] does not yet manage hosted virtual desktops or Macs effectively," and, "In a heterogeneous, virtualized world firms should look to best-of-breed tools for non-Windows or virtualized clients." 1(Product Spotlight: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012, Forrester Research, Inc., January 2013)
"Employees bringing Macs to work or choosing them at work, while great for them, presents real challenges for IT departments as they are faced with supporting a platform that System Center cannot effectively handle on its own. I've seen this time and time again throughout my career - previously in my IT leadership roles at Yahoo! and Access Systems Inc., and even now at Parallels," said Parallels Chief Information Officer Christopher McLaughlin-Brooks. "The option of building out Mac-only management is far too expensive; ideally IT leaders need centralized processes, tools, and a single team that can manage everything easily. The Parallels Management solution solves that problem."
With Parallels Management, CIOs and IT administrators can:
- Manage and control Macs by leveraging their existing Microsoft SCCM infrastructure, resources and talent
- Gain full visibility into the Macs coming onto their networks, both those they know about and those they don't
- Gain control and take action on those devices the same as they would with PCs - all while working within the same environment they are accustomed to
- Easily leverage Mac technologies to have complete security on their Macs
- Leverage Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition to deploy and manage policy-compliant Windows stack to Macs, which is key for employees who need Windows OS on their desktops and laptops to run mission-critical Windows-only applications
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