Apple has made some major inroads in recent years into corporate America, thanks to the BYOD movement and the emergence of wireless technology. iPhones and iPads are now found in many corporate environments, and as more and more apps become cloud-based (think 'Salesforce.com'), the adoption of those devices is only likely to increase.
But from the perspective of desktop computing, Apple has never enjoyed a major presence in corporate America, and the progress of the Mac into the enterprise has been a lot slower that the iPhone. And since Apple pulled out of the server market a long time ago, Macs will need to be integrated into Windows environments - if Apple is ever going to garner any significant share of the corporate dollar.
To that end, Apple has introduced the Apple Certified Associate - Mac Integration 10.8. The Certified Associate is an entry-level certification, aimed squarely at integrating Mac computers and the OS X operating system into corporate Windows-based environments, thereby making it easier for corporations to use Macs in the workplace, without having to change out their underlying infrastructure.
To get the certification, candidates need to pass a single test, the Mac Integration Basics Exam (9L0-408). The focus of Integration Basics is designed specifically to test the knowledge and ability of candidates to integrate Mac OS X - based computers into Windows environments. A quick survey of the study guide shows topics such as the integration of a Mac-based machine into Active Directory/Open Directory/LDAP environments, data migration between Window and Mac machines, using CIFS or NFS (for example) to connect to Windows file servers, connecting Macs to MS Exchange servers, and so forth.
The Apple Certified Associate is just the first step in the Apple Certification matrix, but it's a good first step both for Apple and for IT admins who want to encourage the adoption of Macs in the enterprise.