The headline is a little deceptive... this was actually a great move to Apple, and a CIO who understood how to make the business case and "sell" it:

Frantz set up "town meetings" with about 450 workers on all three shifts and laid out the licensing math. "I talked about the fact that Microsoft requires up to five client licenses for just one PC, just so we have the legitimate right to attach to the network. With Apple, that's all included," Frantz notes. "Yes, it looks like the equipment is more expensive -- until you stack on all the client licenses to run Microsoft [software]."
Now I realize ultimately, this former MS customer didn't migrate to IBM, not even for software.  That's OK.  What I like about this story is that the CIO made a business case, saw how he could actually save a lot of money with making a switch, and did it.  He didn't let emotions and loyalties rule the day, like some recent switch decisions I've seen.  And his organization is benefitting -- while breaking the mold.

This fact-based decision making is much more common outside of North America than inside it, which is probably why Computerworld thought this was a noteworthy case study.

Link: Computerworld: Mac switch revisited: An enterprise PC shop's move to Apple isn't as easy as expected > (Thanks, Charles)

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