Mobile Device Management
Does the iPad fit into your enterprise, school, hospital or small business?
The Apple iOS (iPad/iPhone) and associated ecosystem are likely to disrupt existing technology usage profiles and business models. IT Departments should take a moment to ensure that the potential opportunity is being seriously evaluated inside their enterprises.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) increases the efficiency of your IT staff, reduces the cost of ownership, and minimizes liability by providing a framework that enforces software licensing compliance, security standards, and other organizational rules and requirements. iOS mobile device management (MDM) for over-the-air (OTA) distribution of in-house and app store apps, and integration with Apple’s Volume Purchase Plan (VPP), administrators can easily achieve the major tenets of iOS mobile device management:
- Intelligent -Track installed applications. Locate unlicensed and unauthorized software
- Automated - Efficiently manage all of your in-house custom applications by automating time-consuming configuration and profile work.
- Cross-Platform - Provide IT administrators with a choice of a Mac or PC interface to manage Apple devices.
Managing your Macs on a Enterprise Network
IT Managers want to increase the integration of the Mac into the Windows environment. They can name several areas where that integration affects their organization. Though they expect to continue to acquire more Macs because of user demand, productivity and application requirements, and reduced cost of ownership, they acknowledge that the administrative capabilities in their organization can be improved.
Macs will increase in the Enterprise by 57% between 2009 and 2011 Results of a survey of 460 Enterprise IT Administrators conducted in June 2010.
Integration and management parity with PCs is important to the majority of IT administrators.
The top issues of importance to the respondents are:
- Active Directory integration
- Client management (inventory, patches, compliance)
- File Sharing problems between Operating Systems
- Configuration consistency
- Application compatibility
- Non‐standard management utilities for the Mac
- Data recovery