Thinking About Going Down the Mac Road
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So in exploring career options I am thinking about going down the Mac road. My Mac died, but before that I loved the thing and I will definitely be getting an Air at some point. Plus with the Mac Mini Server being so cheap I figure I should have the server certs covered. Thoughts? Anyone doing Mac work?
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Anyway, as to the certs: The reality is, Apple products are becoming more popular and are starting to sneak into the enterprise the way PCs did a few decades back. There are lots of third parties now building the integration pieces Apple is unwilling to build, so it's becoming easier to get Macs to play along in the corporate world. OS X is built on a Unix-like core and should be (note I didn't say "is") more inherently secure than older Windows implementations, not to mention easier to port solid freeware applications to.
It could be useful to have Apple certs in a few years; it's just tough to tell yet. A few years ago when Apple had entrenched niches in multimedia this was indeed the case; it would have been good to have Apple certs then for certain mixed environments. Now that multimedia is not as dominated by Macs, we'll have to wait to see how far Apple sneaks in before we know how useful the certs really are.
With that being said, Apple mobile devices are a whole different ball game. Those are working their way into the enterprise like it or not.
Apple desktops and server solutions? Production companies and smaller business are about all that's going to deploy them. The IT department of your average big corporation is going to veto that infrastructure from the word go.
Agreed. Why spend money on something with no ROI? Reading the books would be useful, but not spending several hundred dollars. I have books on lots of interesting technologies, but I try not to get caught up in the collect every certification mentality.
The closest things to a MAC at work are iPhones and iPads which I don't support. It's easy to get caught up in chasing this cert or that cert. You need to make a plan for a year out and stick to it though. I know it's easy for me to get caught up in all the different cool technologies. When I do this I don't become an expert, but rather a generalist.
Now if your looking at small business and medium sized business support I think you can do pretty well. I know a lot of tech support personnel who can't overcome their Mac bias and go out of their way to trash it because they don't want to learn it like what happened when I worked for a company and they brought in Red Hat. Linux got trashed heavily but it is hard to avoid now a days.
We are getting iPads here and iPhones and the admins are spending more time finding ways how they "Cant" integrate them, why not be the guy who "Can" integrate them?
Seems like an opportunity to stand out from the crowd imo.
Now for the certs? Bleh I would get them with the understanding that they are official certs from Apple but I would focus on the real world integration with Linux products and Windows. The certs are just something to impress HR and managers and get you noticed.
Mac certs are next to worthless. Mac is now a very tiny portion of Apple's business, and their business market share has not significantly changed in the past decade. Apple might actually be trendy, but Macs aren't. Sure, if expands your skillset for desktop support, but almost no one uses Macs as servers -- Linux and Windows both make better directory servers even in a Mac workstation environment. Linux/UNIX certs are much more useful, and if you know UNIX and Windows you can pickup any Mac-specific differences easily.
If you need to work on Macs professionally, be able to do so, but I wouldn't waste my time on certification. The "Mobility" stuff from Apple is more likely to have real market value at this point.
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