Apple devices in the workplace
End devices and software from Apple – especially iPhones and iPads – are used in many companies to enable employees to work digitally and on the move.
Apple generally convinces with its reliable and powerful hardware and software as well as its intuitive operation and the associated lower support requirements. The devices also have numerous functions that both facilitate efficient protection of the devices and bring versatile functionalities for users. Thanks to long-term support with updates, Apple devices can be used for longer periods of time. Not only are security updates provided for older devices, but new features are also made available via the regular updates. This applies to both iOS devices and Macs from Apple.
IT teams therefore need solutions to efficiently manage Apple devices and enable new features on them.
Jamf: Centralized, secure management of Apple devices
Jamf specializes in the management of Apple devices and has been offering innovative solutions for the management of Apple devices throughout their lifecycle to companies since 2012. The Jamf Pro Unified Endpoint Management solution enables IT departments to efficiently and securely manage Macs, iPhones and iPads in companies via a central platform.
Jamf supports all integrated functions and interfaces that the iOS, iPadOS and macOS operating systems offer specifically for device management, enabling the best possible interaction between Apple technologies and the Unified Endpoint Management system. New features that Apple provides for the devices are available virtually the same day in the updates for Jamf Pro.
This will significantly improve the user experience for employees, simplify the day-to-day administration for IT administrators and increase security.
Components of Jamf Pro
Deployment - efficient procurement and deployment
With the help of Jamf Pro a DEP registration is possible. This allows IT teams to remotely register mobile devices in the UEM via the Apple Business Manager and configure them according to company specifications. When employees receive their devices, they only need to go through a few IT-defined steps and can begin work immediately. The device is automatically placed under the management of the UEM system upon commissioning.
Mobile Device Management - comprehensive device management
The Mobile Device Management is the basis of Jamf Pro and serves the central administration and protection of Apple devices. Among other things, the following functions can be carried out:
- Configuration of devices and distribution of apps
- Definition and enforcement of security policies
- Release and deletion of company data and access rights
- Monitoring of devices and device information
- Running macOS scripts for maximum flexibility in device management
- Performing system-level tasks using the Jamf Agent add-on module
- Perform system-level tasks using the Jamf Agent add-on module
Mobile Application Management - mobile application administration
The Mobile Application Management component supports IT teams in the central administration of (corporate) applications throughout the entire life cycle.
This module offers the following functions, among others:
- Purchase of apps in large quantities from the Apple Store and license management via the Apple Business Manager (Volume Purchase Program)
- Use the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) for iOS devices and Macs
- Provision, installation, personalization and distribution of apps
- Creation of black- and whitelists
- Upgrade, uninstall and secure applications
- Set up an enterprise app store with confidential applications and extensive user functionality (Jamf Self Service)
Inventory management - all inventory data at a glance
With Jamf Pro, the equipment inventory of employees can be automatically collected, sorted by criteria and exported as a report. For example, operating system version, installed apps including version, device type, serial number and encryption status are recorded. In this way, IT administrators always have an overview of the devices to be managed and can, for example, check compliance with security regulations, expired software versions or warranty periods at the touch of a button.
Patch management - automatically close security gaps
This feature enables companies to close security holes that persist longer due to delayed or missing updates, either automatically or by prompting users. Notifications keep IT managers informed of the latest patches of operating systems and applications in use and allow them to assign them to specific groups and monitor installation progress, either directly or after individual customization.
The choice is yours: cloud-based hosting or installation in your computer center
As a Jamf partner we offer you the possibility to use Jamf Pro as a cloud solution – hosted in EBF’s secure data center. You benefit from a reliable service as well as high availability and stability.
Or you could opt for the on-premise alternative, where you keep full control of your IT landscape. We will ensure that your chosen solution is installed seamlessly in your own computer centers in line with your requirements.
EBF as experienced Jamf Partner
We help you implement Jamf Pro and are at your disposal with our expertise in every phase of the project – from consulting and conception, introduction and rollout to operation and support.
Do you need Jamf Pro consulting? As Jamf Managed Service Provider we have in-depth knowledge of the platform. You benefit from our know-how and can concentrate fully on your core issues.
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