An IT author and assistant professor at the University of New England recently reinforced the idea that the day approaches when businesses will have a choice of operating systems in the enterprise. ITBusiness.ca reports that Joe Habraken told attendees at the IT360 event in Canada this week that Apple, Linux, virtualization and Web-based apps will define the next generation OS.
Apple may be the vendor to beat in the coming years, according to Habraken. The company's large presence in the education space has made it the provider of choice among today's students -- many of whom bought Macs after they'd been introduced to Apple via the iPod. As those students move into the workplace, he says, they will "control the purse strings" and more than likely will insist on Macs in the enterprise -- especially if the "emphasis on multimedia applications" continues to grow.
Virtualization will make the move even easier because users will be able to run multiple operating systems from a single machine. Thus, the story says, they can use Windows for particular tasks when necessary. The increasing popularity of Web-based applications and the growing mobile workforce are also factors that will play -- and are already playing -- key parts in the move to alternative operating systems.