There’s even more news from Apple’s ever-bustling space in the enterprise, as Apple device management company Addigy has introduced a new tool called Flex Policies.
Make policies remote, automated and simpler
The tool is designed to make it easier for corporate IT to apply policies to their entire fleets of Apple devices. What tends to happen when trying to apply device-level policies is that IT has to do it manually. It looks likely to get easier with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, but it’s still a time-consuming challenge for IT.
Addigy says Flex will save IT administrators time by eliminating the tedious task of manually assigning Apple device policies to new or existing devices.
What Addy Says
“Addigy’s flexible policies are a game-changer not only for IT administrators who manage Apple devices, but also for the industry,” Jason Dettbarn, CEO of Addigy, said in a statement. “By making it easier for IT teams to onboard Apple devices, we de-stigmatize Apple devices in the workplace. what we as a company can do to help IT admins and MSPs manage these devices is a win for everyone.”
The idea is that Addigy’s Flex allows IT admins to configure policy statements that can be applied to devices. They can be used to configure device attributes in response to different criteria, and can then be assigned automatically, ensuring that devices follow the appropriate policies for the situation.
The beauty of this is that it’s possible to assign a device to multiple policies at once, essentially allowing businesses to apply changes remotely when the situation around the device changes.
Management is configurable
IT administrators can also exclude groups or individual machines. This allows a critical system update to be installed intelligently. Thus, it is possible to push a critical system update to everyone on each team, but exclude machines that you know are being used in critical situations at the time. The CEO won’t thank you for updating his iPhone when he’s using it to try to present data at an important investor meeting.
Addigy explained that Flex also gives IT the power to automate device monitoring and remote remediation. Administrators can, for example, create a flexible policy that will identify a device that has FileVault disabled and then enable this feature to protect data.
It is also possible to use the tool to assign policies based on user groups; deploy advanced conditional software; assign items to all devices through policies; create custom reports; build small device test groups; and parameter migration. The tool also works with other company solutions.
Addigy recently attracted investment from growth capital firm PSG. It’s an investment that reflects the continued opportunity opening up in this part of the Apple ecosystem as Macs, iPhones and iPads see accelerated rollout across the enterprise.
Apple in the enterprise is an exciting space
Over the past two years, use of Mac laptops in the workplace has jumped 63%, with more than half of IT teams reporting growing demand for Apple devices in their businesses.
It’s clear that Apple understands the growing importance of enterprise marketplaces. He recently saw a huge 30,000-person iPhone rollout in Openreach, one of the UK’s largest companies, and continues to improve his own small business-focused Apple Business Essentials product and improve APIs. it offers for the growing market of MDM vendors.
The company also recently struck a deal with T-Mobile under which the carrier can offer Business Essentials to US SMBs.
Things won’t go any slower. Not only will Apple be showcasing new iPhones and other products on September 7, but we’ll also have the world’s largest event for Apple administrators, the Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) on September 27, which is sure to provide some exciting announcements.
There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Apple’s business growth story continues, the market is expanding, and it seems likely that the company will become the largest supplier in the years to come.
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