Jamf Now is the younger brother of Jamf Pro, which is a system for managing Apple devices in companies. Although classified as lightweight software, it provides great opportunities for small businesses which are willing to efficiently manage MacOS and iOS infrastructure. The system is free of charge for the first three devices registered; others can be added in a flexible licensing model. In today’s article we present an overview of the most important functions of Jamf Now, which are helpful in running micro- and small enterprises.
Jamf provides several variants of solutions for Apple infrastructure management in companies:
Jamf Pro – enterprise class solution for business,
Jamf Now – a basic solution for small companies,
Jamf School – a solution for education,
Jamf Connect – for all industries.
The Jamf Pro tool is popular among large companies, and according to the Gartner report from 2018, it is the leading Enterprise Mobility Management solution for managing Apple devices. Jamf Pro owes its popularity mainly to the fact that it allows for integration with the existing IT infrastructure: Active Directory, Certificate Services, Azure or MFA solutions.
Currently, small companies looking for proven solutions for managing Apple infrastructure can use a proven tool. Jamf Now will work in a situation in which the enterprise does not yet fully utilize all enterprise-class solutions. Here we are talking mostly about developing companies, new start-ups as well as micro- and small enterprises (up to 10 and 50 employees, respectively). Jamf Now is a light version of Jamf Pro which allows you to manage both Macs and iOS devices. At the same time, it is equipped with all the most important functions which are useful for small organizations.
Jamf Now – the most important use
1. Apple device management
Jamf Now allows you to create a full asset list of Apple devices used in the company along with their specifications. This is particularly important in small companies which do not have a separate IT department. Entrepreneurs using Jamf Now know the installed version of each device’s operating system, encryption status, last reporting date or available disk space. In addition, the solution supports the introduction of new employees and the return of equipment by people who leave the company (i.e. onboarding and offboarding of employees).
2. Access management
When transferring a phone or computer to a new employee, you do not have to worry about locking the device or asking the previous user to unlock it. In case the phone is lost, the Jamf Now system allows you to delete the data or lock it. In turn, should the employee forget the password to unlock the screen, it is possible to easily set a new access key.
3. Device Registration
Jamf Pro’s younger brother supports device registration in small companies. The tool integrates with Apple Business Manager – a free online solution that allows you to register devices in Jamf Now without preparing them beforehand. The Apple Business Manager platform allows IT administrators to deploy and configure Apple devices from one place. It also allows for the distribution of software from the App Store to users without the need to use employees’ Apple ID.
Jamf Now has a clear interface which allows you to easily provide the configuration of email accounts, Wi-Fi or VPN networks or activate security rules. More discerning administrators can upload their own configurations or applications which are not available in the Apple store.
5. Security rules
As part of the security rules, the company may limit the creation of screenshots or screen recording by employees or block connection to external devices (e.g. computers or USB sticks) as well as limit the manual installation of configuration profiles. Security rules help to protect company data thanks to activating encryption and the use of password-defining rules. For the company, this is a form of protection against the consequences of data disclosure and severe penalties imposed by the Personal Data Protection Office. The tool allows you to separate corporate and private data. Thanks to this solution, the former is only available within applications managed by Jamf Now.
6. Information kiosks
It is worth mentioning a useful function which supports devices (e.g. iPads) that act as information kiosks. Such devices display content from a specific application in public places. Thanks to Jamf Now, it is possible to launch an application from which the content is downloaded in so-called “single app-mode”. Thanks to this, a random person using the device will not be able to leave the application used by the device.
Jamf Now – technical support
Small companies using Jamf Now can also count on technical support from Jamf. There is the possibility of consulting the operator via chat or submitting an email inquiry. Furthermore, the solution provider also offers access to the Jamf Now Help Center knowledge base. Users will find video materials and articles which can help to get started with Jamf Now as well as information on security and key functionalities.
Jamf Now – how to start?
The company can use the first three devices within Jamf Now completely free of charge and without any obligations. This form allows you to test all the most important functions, including integration with Apple Business Manager. After registering more devices, the enterprise can easily control the cost of maintenance – it is billed monthly.
Do you run a small company, and would you like to manage your Apple devices? Test Jamf Now for free! Register at signup.jamfcloud.com.
As a Apple systems engineer and certified Jamf Pro Expert, he helps organizations with the adaptation and implementation of Apple devices on a large scale. The experience he has gained allows him to provide innovative solutions. In his spare-time, he gets his adrenaline rush on the karting track.
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