After simmering with envy for a bit, Halmstad decided to do something about it.
Halmstad now heads up
Many such Apple administrators from all over the world are in
The summit is also a bit of a victory lap for JAMF, which has grown from a handful of workers in 2002 -- including Halmstad and partner
JAMF claims as clientele about a third of Fortune 100 companies, along with leading universities and K-12 school districts. It said its software is now used to manage about 1 million iPhones and iPads, and about 1.6 million Macs.
JAMF's software tools, collectively known as the Casper Suite, are used to set up large numbers of Apple gizmos at once, keep their operating systems up to date, install and uninstall Macintosh software, make iOS apps for mobile devices available to download, maintain complex inventories of devices, enforce security and software-licensing policies, and more.
JAMF can take part of the credit for the recent prevalence of Apple devices in corporate America, some believe.
"Apple as a platform is not enterprise," said
Seago calls JAMF "the missing piece that makes it all work" when Apple technology is deployed for businesses, as tens of thousands of Macs have been at
JAMF, Jung said, has helped usher in an era of Apple tech management that is less Draconian, letting device users have a wider latitude in how they use them, yet keeping him and other such administrators on a solid security and software-licensing footing.
"Happy users are productive users," said Jung, a senior system specialist.
JAMF still has need of improvement, said
Speirs managed the iPads himself until the end of the last school year, when he moved over to the Casper Suite. This, he discovered, meant trading one set of challenges for another.
On the plus side, he no longer has to laboriously "push" apps to iPads, but just let students and teachers get the apps themselves. On the negative side, he cannot keep kids from downloading unapproved and often-sketchy software such as the infamous Snapchat photo-messaging app.
Overall, Speirs said he's happy he made the switch to JAMF-based device management despite a few rough edges.
"It's a learning curve," he said, but now "it's an essential part of the toolkit."
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