blog The favoured tool of chief information officers everywhere has long been their sturdy ThinkPads, but it looks like Commonwealth Bank of Australia chief information officer Michael Harte might be a bit of an Apple fan.
As reported back in March by iTNews, the bank is planning to roll out MacBook Air laptops to thousands of staff when it opens its new Commonwealth Bank Place facility in Sydney later this year, and in a new video interview with the Financial Review (the entirety of which is available online for free), Harte praises Steve Jobs’ little creations.
“New entrants … coming into the workplace and they expect the convenience that they get at home on their desktop at work,” Harte says in the interview. “If they’ve become au fait with and love the convenience and richness of an Apple interface, and then have to go back to some clumsy PC that’s being run by some enterprise service group, they get frustrated.”
The only problem is … has Harte tried Windows 7? We’d argue Microsoft’s latest opus is at least on par with whatever Apple has on offer. Your writer uses both — Windows 7 on the desktop, and Mac OS X as a laptop. And, apart from Windows’ tendency to get bogged down with cruft after about six months, we find they are pretty much on par at the moment.
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