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February 25, 2010 at 2:59 PM

GSC: Apple’s claim that Macs are gaining business users

SAN FRANCISCO — On Tuesday, Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said his company Apple is gaining business users, both with Mac computers and with the iPhone.

Cook said traditional chief information officers are changing the way they purchase computers and allowing employees to opt for Macs. He also said that 70 percent of Fortune 100 companies are testing iPhone deployment. Here is a link to our story on the earlier Apple session, in which he took several shots at Microsoft.

Goldman Sachs analysts asked a panel of chief technology officers Wednesday afternoon whether they were buying Macs.

  • P.K. Agarwal, Office of Technology Services with the state of California: “I don’t have good numbers for it. We are certainly seeing a little more penetration of Apple products in the enterprise but they seem to be working better than they have in the past.” (His 2010 budget is $3.5 billion.)

  • Gary Schermerhorn, co-CIO of Goldman Sachs: “There’s nothing going on like that in Goldman. Tolerating is different from adapting. Like a Macbook, you could plug into (a corporate network) now, but you couldn’t before. [But] it doesn’t have the same perfomance. IPhone is not ready for a company like us that is paranoid about our data.”

  • Tom Peck, Levi Strauss senior vice president and CIO: “We have a couple hundred Macs on the design side. There are a lot of IT folks that are no longer fighting it. We are no longer fighting, but we are not allowing it to proliferate.”

Thursday morning, Salesforce.com Chief Executive Marc Benioff was trying to make a point about busiensses adopting Macs. He asked how many investors in the audience used Macs and about 10 people raised their hands. He then asked how many investors used PCs, and about 40 people raised their hand. The few hundred other people did not participate.

Benioff predicted in a few years that would change. “I think we’re going to have iPad and little Bluetooth keyboard and throw that in the bag and off they go and PCs are going to be lost in the past,” he said. “The devices are changing.” Here is a link to my earlier story on Benioff’s session and his Microsoft tirade.

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