In this editorial, we’re going to be talking about how Apple devices are streamlining the process of business-as-usual in organisations around the world. Thoughts and opinions are based on my personal experience and observations over the past two decades of running an organisation, and these may or may not apply to your organisation, too.
I remember a time when I was haunted by PC devices. I never had a problem, but employees typically when left to assist with maintenance, procrastinate on accepting updates, and we’d see less productivity as a result of the time wasted.
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Over time, this causes problems. Unless the IT department can force updates across their users when they log in, like we do with google, then employees’ devices can show problems down the track.
We switched most of our devices to Apple, I’ve found less issues across the company per person, and less downtime as a result, which translates to more productivity that can be channeled toward the organisation. We have a hybrid fleet now, as our mobile team have chrome books.
As a CEO, I’ve noticed more software-related issues with PC’s, and hardware issues with our MAC’s. Mainly due to the fact that we were asking smaller MacBooks to do graphics work. So, we bought desktop iMac’s that at first for purpose.
While this example puts Apple in the spotlight, it’s actually a metaphor for having one centralised system that all your team is onboard with, and one that helps them achieve their daily goals in the most efficient and streamlined way. This isn’t necessarily an argument for Apple as much as it is a push for your organisation to implement a single, high-functioning system that helps you achieve your goals- not simply get in the way of them.
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This metaphor doesn’t apply just to electronics. It’s an analogy for the platform that a quality management system provides, which can centralise your efforts and save you invaluable time.
Next time you reach for a new device for your workplace consider some of these statistics gathered by Computer World.
- Windows users were 5-times more likely to require on-site help while working than Mac users.
- At IBM, employees rated Windows 10 a net promoter score of 15; Mac scored 47.5
- IBM saved $543 per employee over the course of a device lifespan using Macs
- 90% of Mac users upgrade to the latest software within two-months of its release
- 71% of employees responded that they’re more productive if they have the choice of computer to use for work.
- 97% of Mac users responded they’re more productive when switching from a Windows device.
- 66% of respondents when looking for a job would opt for a company that offers a choice of device.
- 79% said they’re less productive when using a Windows computer/tablet.
- IMB said 22% more of its employees exceeded expectations in performance reviews than Windows users.
- Deloitte has 100,000 Apple devices; General Electric has more than 300,000.
- Apple’s business enterprise is now valued at $40 billion
Just remember that, whatever system or devices you’re using in your organisation, you can always work on how they can work more effectively for your organisation. This may require taking some time out to learn new features, and teach your employees new technical skills that can help them become more efficient in their roles.
Whichever digital environment you’re operating in, ensure that it’s working for you, rather than against you.
Thanks for your time, and I’ll see you in the next piece.
Kobi Simmat, Director & CEO of the Best Practice Group.