Cost of implementing 20 photography Macs into Active Directory
I have been given the nod and the wink by our site manager that the Art department are going to be campaigning for Macs in their new Art block when it's built next year.
I am against this, on a number of grounds:
* Cost of equipment
* Training, for us and staff & students
* Likelihood of theft - local thieves have a strong track record of targeting Macs
* Difficulty of & limits to integration with the existing network (as I understand it)
* I can't see the bloody point, CS5 runs perfectly fine on Win7 x64 and no better on x86-based Macs (to the best of my knowledge)
I would, however, like some actual numbers to back me up. Can anyone give me some idea on what work needs to be done to integrate Macs (and how well this integration actualy works), what cost this comes at and how much it costs for technician training? I can cost up the iMacs themselves (just had a look, good lord). I only need ballpark figures to make an argument - should SMT want a full investigation I'll get more detailed prices from a reseller.
I just want these figures for now, not a discussion on the benefits of Macs in a school.