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Fortune: Cost savings when employees pick their computer - Apple Macs highlighted at Cisco
In his April 14, 2009 article at Fortune titled "Free to choose (your PC)", Senior writer Jon Fortt highlights that firms can cut technology costs when they allow employees the option of choosing and managing their work computers.
His article starts out by highlighting the acceptance of Apple's MacBook Pro at Cisco. Not only is the program expected to save Cisco money but it also leads to employee happiness.
"That's right - Cisco has started letting workers choose from a handful of laptops, including an Apple MacBook Pro. Only don't call the program a perquisite. Rebecca Jacoby, Cisco's (CSCO, Fortune 500) top information technology officer, says the initiative, launched last year, should actually save the company money. The fact that employees involved in the pilot program are deliriously happy with it - Jacoby and her peers even get love notes from satisfied road warriors - is a bonus."Fortt also highlights similar programs at Dell (Apple Macs not allowed!) and AstraZeneca (no details provided on eligible computers). You can read the full article here.
"Since Cisco began offering a choice of machines last June, roughly a quarter of employees have opted for Macs, yet they are pretty much on their own for tech support. (An in-house online community for Mac users gets a little help from Jacoby's department.) Cisco, in turn, has to make a slightly higher upfront investment for the workers who want Macs, which are pricier than PCs."