The new Device Enrollment Program (DEP) represents a significant innovation in the field of IT device management. Apple is well known for product innovation and consumer services; with DEP they have taken a big step into the world of IT management. This is significant and reinforces that Apple is really, truly focused on the enterprise IT market.
DEP is available to businesses, schools, and organizations who purchase iPad, iPhone, or Mac directly from Apple. When paired with an Apple management tool like Casper Suite, DEP offers a new way to approach device setup and provisioning. Like all Apple products, DEP is focused on delivering a great user experience. From the first moment when a new iPad, iPhone, or Mac is unboxed and powered on, DEP streamlines the activation process and offers automatic device enrollment and configuration.
Users like DEP because it matches their experience with a new Apple device at home: unbox, power on, and walk through a few activation steps.
IT admins like DEP because it gives them the capability to manage new devices without the tedious work of unboxing and configuring each device.
We like DEP because it offers the best user experience for both IT and for the staff or students they support.