Jamf Nation User Conference secures Apple’s place in the enterprise

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Last week the Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) took over Minneapolis, with IT professionals from around the country descending on the site. Through product demos and presentations, the conference demonstrated a lot of important updates to the Mac and Jamf universe. It also helped prove that Mac is no longer just an afterthought in the workplace. In many cases, it’s actually the key to the best and most efficient work environment you can hope for.

Here are the most important takeaways from the JNUC.

Knocking down Mac myths

Historically, Apple devices have always leaned slightly more toward consumers than enterprises. But they actually function quite well in the workplace, and as the years have gone on, more and more businesses have recognized the appeal of Apple machines. Still, a few myths perpetuate. For many, cost and deployment speed deter them from pursuing Macs in the workplace. This Jamf conference offered many examples of how Macs can be easily managed, rolled out, and maintained, often at a lower price than Windows machines.

Apple takes on the enterprise
During the day one keynote, Jamf CEO Dean Hager theorized that lack of user choice was likely historically But with the choose-your-own device (CYOD) movement gaining steam in recent years, Macs are now much more common in a business setting.

The classic Mac success story is IBM, which a few years ago implemented a  CYOD program that introduced Macs into its environment. Today, 75 percent of its users choose Macs. This story validates the Mac’s place in the enterprise, and the success of Jamf.

But it’s no longer just the tech giant that’s seeing the value and ease of Mac use in the workplace. Across the retail, health care, and education industries, Jamf, Apple, and tech resellers like SHI have successfully rolled out Macs into other enterprise environments. A notable example was Walmart, which implemented a CYOD program that led to the adoption of about 12,000 Macs.

Another example is Microsoft, long an Apple rival. Though the company doesn’t offer Macs as part of its own CYOD program, it allows the employees of companies it acquires to continue using their Apple devices. By doing so, new employees avoid having to familiarize themselves with a new machine and operating system–and the hit to productivity that can come with it. Today, both companies’ products are working side by side.

In health care, practices are using iPads and Apple TVs managed with Jamf in several different ways. For example, child life specialists, who work to make hospitalized children more comfortable, can offer them to young patients as entertainment. In other health care settings, providers use iPads to engage patients of all ages in their own health care decisions by presenting relevant information about diagnoses and treatment. Jamf makes it easy to securely wipe the device clean so providers can use them with multiple patients without compromising confidentiality. This has led to higher patient satisfaction and fewer call bells.

Jamf Pro 10: A stronger Jamf for better deployment

Of course, Jamf also discussed new products and services that are making it even easier to deploy and manage Macs into your environment. Among them are Jamf Pro 10, which comes with a new user interface that includes a fresh dashboard, interactive tables, contextual warnings, better patch management, and more.

Also important for enterprises is the new partnership with Microsoft Intune. By working together, the two can ensure that a machine does not have access to company data unless it’s properly managed by Jamf. With Intune and Jamf, users will be able to set up standards, create configurations, deploy company portal applications, and remediate noncompliant settings.

As Macs and other Apple products have moved further into the workplace, easy deployment and identity-based protection, rather than perimeter-based protection, have become more important. The new Jamf Pro will help with the first, and the partnership with Intune will help with the second, helping organizations in all industries.

Apple in the workplace

As CYOD programs become a popular way to foster comfort and efficiency amongst employees, Macs are becoming a bigger and bigger part of the workplace. The hurdles that used to get in the way, such as deployment speed, are minimized with services like Jamf, which only improves as it partners with other services like Intune.

Macs are no longer just consumer devices—their success in enterprise environments is becoming more and more noticeable. And the JNUC only helped to bring that point home.

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