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Macworld Report: Why Not?

I do most of my work at home on a Mac. We have a wireless network and I tote my little PowerBook around blissfully independently from any wires or any one surface (when the telephone rings, sometimes I get kicked off the network, but that’s a different story…). I love the aesthetics and the usability (and the applications) of the Mac.    When it’s time to work, however, I trudge out the Intel processor. SAP virtually requires this PC. I’ve never even bothered to try to boot the NetWeaver Developer Studio on a Mac (though I have visited SDN on it). But will that change within the next year?  Just announced at Macworld, Apple unveiled new desktop and laptop Macintoshes that sport Intel-based processors called Intel Core Duo chips. This means “blazingly faster” (4-5x) and more efficient processors than ever before. This is already causing a lot of fun cross-posts between PCWorld and Macworld camps, and the MacBook Notebook at least is fomenting a lot of drool on at least one geeky mailing list I frequent.  Other Macworld announcements of note included:

  • iPods and iTunes are HOT
  • Tiger’s “dashboard” is COOL
  • iPhoto has improved its performance, and iLife and iWeb make a ploy for easy photo (and more) sharing on the Internet (hello flickr?)
  • Podcasting – RSS-feed via audio – is a trend

And there are other signs (podcasting right here on the SDN!) that Apple is seeping in. You’ll probably hear a buzz for some time to come, and maybe you’ll be reading this next year (dusting off this old post?) on a different machine altogether.  After all, Apple shares proceeded to rocket to an all-time high today. Time to take note(book), I’d say!  cheers, -m

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  • I too use a Mac for anything but work (although a whiteish iBook, not a slick PowerBook ;-)); I even mentioned in my last blog post.
    The user experience is so much better then anything I ever got on Windows, to the point that using my Thinkpad is frustrating sometimes.
    It's even more fun to see the Windows Vista preview from CES and realize how far behind Microsoft are (short story: everything they've put there is available on Mac OS X and/or Firefox; check it out:

    As for SAP and Mac.... some things can be done on a Mac, like using the Intranet, single-sign on, etc. perhaps SAP Java GUI could be run on a Mac, too...

    But truth be told -- I prefer my beloved Mac to be my home computer, where all the fun stuff are 🙂

    • Alon;
      So glad to know I'm not the only one! In addition to the tote-around PowerBook, our whiteish "accessory" iMac upstairs serves all our music too, via iTunes (which has revolutionized the way I make music compilations - though I do worry about scalability).

      Isn't it hard to switch back and forth between iBook/PowerBook and Thinkpad/Laptop? CTRL+V etc; plus the interface is just depressing on Windows after sitting with a Mac.

      Now you've got me curious and wanting to do more of an informal poll - I wonder if we @ SAP have any numbers about Mac users? When I write my documentation I always try to keep Mac OS's / browsers in mind - but when we engineer our products?

      Thanks for the link to that keynote (were you there?) - I'm in the middle of checking it out.  And I love the marketing blurb Apple has on their homepage today:

      "What's an Intel chip doing in a Mac? A whole lot more than it's ever done in a PC."


      • Hi,

        These are interesting links if you want to know more on the Macintel without the marketing stuff:

        Btw I've an iMac G5 (2 Ghz, 512 Mb) at the office among a Linux and Windows machine. As mentioned in my article (, when people come into my office, they often ask which I prefer and what the best environment is. I always answer by saying that I could never answer that question. It all depends on the user’s needs and the user should first write down what his/her needs are. Only after that should the user try to fit an available solution to match the requirements and not vice versa.


        • Thanks for the links, Eddy.  You are smart not to ride one bandwagon or another. It's so hard for me not to be much 'happier' on my Mac, and Apple does have the way of creating more fanatics (the "dude, you're getting a Dell!" campaign didn't last long, did it?) - but in the end, it's just a piece of machinery, subject to change.

          So I guess this riff will die down and we wait two years to really see what stronger, faster Macs really will do.


          • Be happy people! Apple has come to salvation.

            As you well know, every new Mac is now powered by the blazingly fast Intel Core Duo processors.

            This week we saw the release of Apple Boot Camp, which allows for dual booting between Mac OS X and Windows XP SP2 (powered by Apple official device drivers for maximum performance).

            And we also saw the release of Parallels Virtualization technology which allows you to run Windows XP along side Mac OS X, in a window. And it's not an emulated crap box, it's near-native! Windows XP boot in under 15 seconds in the virtualized environment and people already reported running even the fat Visual Studio 2005 in it without a hitch.

            On the other side, if you need absolute performance, you can dual boot with Apple Boot Camp and run very very fat games like Far Cry and Quake 4 smoothly as never before.

            So, it's happy time for mac owners like us. Of course, if you still have an old PowerPC based Mac, consider upgrading as soon as possible.

            For us, SAP professionals, we can fire up Netweaver Developer Studio inside the Parallels' virtualized box while still using the rest of Mac OS X goodness.

  • The times when the Macintosh was so much "cooler" than Windows are long ago. I would say the turnaround came with the introduction of Windows 95/98.

    Differences in usability between Windows XP and Mac-OS X are only a marginal IMHO.

    Read for example what Apple pioneers like Bruce Tognazzini think about the latest "cool" Mac features like the dock:

    If I use a Mac today, the first thing that comes to mind is "Nice look-and-feel, but I wish this machine would be faster".

    Nevertheless I really wished that SAP software would have more of the consistency and simplicity of the (early) Mac software.


  • ... don't we know it from so many places(communities, forums)? and now it's no less then 3 SAPers bringing us the mac vs. windows trollin' and flamin' to SDN.

    did we wait for that? shall I ask a few trolls from elswhere to take part in this important discussion?

    btw, is there any news in this blog? DUO CORE? Geeeez. It's dual core lady, generically. 'Core Duo' as Intel's brand.
    iPods are hot? Oh really? Since when? kewl they say.

    Sorry, tried to stay polite anyway.

    • Anton;

      Thanks for the tip on "Core Duo" - I corrected it in the blog post. Hmm, interesting that themselves wrote it both ways at the URL I cite above -- but I'll take's word.

      Oh - and by the way - since you seem to appreciate details: my name's "Moya" -- not "lady" (or maybe you're calling the generic chip "dual core lady," actually?).


      ps - also wondering who the 'trolls' are.

      • Hello Moya,

        the lady thing wasn't meant to mean. Sorry, if it could be understood that way.

        But wouldn't a "dual core lady chip" be a cool thing fitting nicely into an iBook? Maybe in pink? The chip, not the iBook, which has to be white of course.

        Btw, are you already wearing your 'Redwire DLX' while working?


        PS: one troll seems to be me, but only a meta troll 😉

        • that's great! when Levi Strauss enters the business of chip-making as well, and "oem"-ing with those jackets that have monitors sown into them, then we'll be _really_ fashionable!  all it will take is "handshake" networking and we're "pret-a-porter."
  • Let's see on my Powerbook here at a client site, I can use SAP in the following ways:

    1) While I thought obvious, apparently not to all, there is a Mac OS X version of the Java GUI. Only real limitation I've run across is lack of MS Office integration.  This is not a Mac problem as I have Word and Excel in OS X, but apparently Java inspired.

    2) I have a Mac OS X Citrix client (fat) that worked quite well with a Client's Citrix server, and I believe over the Client's VPN.

    3) When I do need SAP GUI and MS Office to play together, I "dumb down" my machine by cranking up XP Pro in a Virtual PC window and keep working.

    There are a couple of other options but these are the three that I use.

    So for those who labor to help make SAP the great tool that it is, you will be amazed at how much more productive you can be, when you spend more time using your operating system than fixing it.

    Come on over, you won't regret it.

    Mac user since 87

  • i could not resist returning, five years later, to comment again on this thread in the wake of the great Steve Jobs' death.  there are many fine commentaries here on the SCN honoring him -- -- but one of the finest ways to honor him is to write this comment using my Mac -- I guess using my iPad or iPhone would have been even better.  look how far we've come in five years.  i was laughed off the 'page for this post back then.  now you cannot think of an enterprise without the iPad -- and we develop apps using NWDS on the mac.
    all hail the legacy -- and the future.