How Mobile Device Management Can Help Your Small Business or School

We know that many of our customers pick us because of our combination of data protection & security and ease of administration. Here’s an article from our friends at Jamf about other ways you can take your company’s mobile device security to another level, using an easy-to-maintain platform perfectly suited to businesses of any size.

Mobile device management (MDM) is an industry term for the administration of mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablet computers, and laptops. It is a way for companies of all sizes to perform IT tasks from a central location to support devices and users in an easy, consistent and scalable way without manually intervening and interrupting usage.

As it relates specifically to Apple devices, MDM is Apple’s native management framework for managing iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS devices. At the highest level, MDM provides IT and users additional capabilities so the device’s full potential can be unleashed.

The IT tasks achievable with MDM are endless, but some of the common ones include:

  • Ensuring your entire ecosystem is consistent and uniform across teams
  • Ensuring applications are deployed accurately en masse and are supported
  • Updating devices, applications, software, and tools
  • Monitoring and tracking device inventory, status, and usage

By using MDM for device management, IT or leadership can take full responsibility for these tasks — taking the burden off of their team — while maintaining an organized and uniform structure. This is a key component to having a technology plan that can scale with any potential growth and be flexible to organizational changes. Creating that foundation is critical and having an MDM like Jamf helps.

When it comes to mobile device management with Apple devices – iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS – Apple approaches MDM in their own way. In Apple’s world, your MDM platform connects to and speaks with the Apple Push Notification Server (APNs) to send commands to Apple devices. APNs maintains a constant connection to devices, so you don’t have to. Devices then communicate back to the MDM server and receive commands. Essentially, you define how you want the device to behave, and MDM and APNs collaborate to make it happen.

When evaluating an MDM strategy for your devices, there are six major components to consider:

  • Deployment
  • Inventory
  • Configurations
  • Management commands
  • App deployment
  • Security and privacy

Jamf offers a product suite built to fit every business or school’s size, needs, and goals.

For small and medium-sized businesses, Jamf Now gives you the power of enterprise-level device management without demanding that you have expert-level IT knowledge. We create a product that allows you, the user, to simply check boxes and toggle restrictions on or off to fit your needs while behind-the-scenes more in-depth device management tasks happen.

Jamf School is a purpose-built mobile device management solution for schools. With its intuitive web-based interface — deploying, managing, and securing Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV has never been simpler. Jamf School gives you the ability to deploy and manage Apple devices – the best learning technology – with ease, so you can focus on your mission of teaching students.

Jamf Pro was designed to automate device management for you while driving end-user productivity and creativity, Jamf Pro is the Enterprise Mobility Management tool that empowers IT pros and the users they support by delivering on the promise of unified endpoint management for Apple devices.

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