The Mac pilot program within IBM Research, outlined in the previous
article, is only a small part of IBM’s corporate efforts to diversify
its computing platforms and push the adoption of Macs in particular. A
number of internal sources wrote to provide additional details on
IBM’s current and future plans....

[Macs have had small presence in enterprise...most of recent Mac
growth has been in the home or academia...]

Opening the Floodgates to Macs in the Enterprise.
That’s the second reason why IBM’s interest in the Mac platform is far
more significant than a hundred test laptops being put through the
paces by IBM Research scientists and administrators, or the few
thousand Macs scattered across IBM in general. As IBM works to
accommodate cross-platform interoperability in its own software, the
barriers that tie enterprise users to Windows will loosen, allowing
Apple to promote Macs not just within IBM, but across the

Additionally, as the exclusive ties that bind users to Windows are
severed, the enterprise will be free to adopt other products as well,
including Linux on the desktop. This will promote the use of the best
available hardware and software for a given task, resulting in
dramatic costs savings for business users and new competition that
will accelerate innovative development and new efficiencies of scale
as open source software adoption increases. Cross-platform
interoperability is good for IBM, good for Apple, and good for open
source in general. It is bad for inefficient, anti-competitive

Along with its existing support for Linux, Unix, and Windows, IDS 11
will provide online transaction processing (OLTP) data serving
capabilities for the Mac platform. Terri Gerber of the IBM’s Informix
software group wrote that IDS 11 is ”a great way to start building
solutions requiring a blazing fast OLTP database that provides
continuous availability and disaster recovery including delivering
99.999% availability.“...