Apple's Macs have a lower total cost of ownership in the enterprise than PCs, according to IBM, which launched an employee choice program in 2015 to let employees decide between using Windows and Mac computers.
IBM released data last week showing that it saves between $265 to $535 over a four-year period for each employee who uses a Mac instead of a PC, depending on the model.
Big Blue is Apple’s biggest corporate customer, with 90,000 Macs currently deployed.
Apple hardware may cost more than PCs, but some enterprises are finding the support costs of Apple products much lower over time. Those reduced support needs can mean a big difference in both resources and costs for a company.
Last year, IBM began letting workers choose Macs or PCs, which spurred a quick rate of adoption. The company only has five admins to support all 90,000 Macs, said Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM, speaking at the Jamf Nation User Conference.
The company expects to deploy more than 100,000 Macs by the end of the year, Previn said.