Mac Use in Small- to Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Most of us are aware of the growing presence of Mac devices in the workplace. But there are a lot of things about this trend we still don’t know. What is the extent of Mac penetration? How are these devices being managed? What advantages are gained? This information can be useful for decision-makers and other stakeholders who want a better understanding of the matter, whether to compare with existing practices, policies and approaches in their own organizations or simply for future reference.

To understand the current state of Mac usage in the workplace, Parallels surveyed over 1,000 IT professionals around the globe. About 53.2% were from Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), 40.1% from North America, and the rest from Asia, South America and Oceania.

The survey targeted businesses from a wide range of industries, including Consulting (8%), Construction (7.4%), Food and Beverages (6.8%), Education/Training (6.2%) and Retail (6.2%).


High-Level Insights
  • 55.7% of small to medium businesses (SMBs) are now ready to allow Mac devices in the workplace.
  • Performance is the #1 perceived advantage of using Mac devices at work.
  • Mac computers are most popular in IT (53.2%) and Marketing/Creative (49.4%) departments.
  • Most SMBs (42.2%) use client-based desktop virtualization to run Windows on Mac.
  • Concern about application compatibility is the #1 deterrent of using Mac in the workplace.
Parallels Products Used
Parallels Desktop Business Edition