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October 21, 2020 by Evan O'Malley

Modern device management for the masses: Delivered by Electric

Electric is reinventing how businesses manage their IT security, support, and devices. Through its user-friendly interface, Electric streamlines time-consuming and business-critical IT tasks.

Jamf is proud to support our Jamf Managed Service Provider (MSP) community and are continually impressed with the innovation and cost savings they bring to their customers. Today we’d like to highlight Electric. Electric is reinventing how businesses manage their IT security, support, and devices. Through its user-friendly interface, Electric streamlines time-consuming and business-critical IT tasks.

Electric is the first company to offer managed services in real time through chat applications like Slack and Microsoft Teams. Need to reset your password? Simply chat your request and the task is done. Need a license for Adobe Photoshop? You can get it in no time.

Geared toward small and mid-sized businesses without dedicated IT resources, Electric is turning the MSP model on its head by providing a full service, automated IT experience in a remote environment. Through first-of-its-kind technology, paired with an elite squadron of IT technicians, Electric delivers lightning-fast IT support that keeps your business data secure and employees productive at a fraction of the cost.

They serve more than 330 companies, manage over 20,000 end users, and have 160 full-time employees answering an average of 11,000 service tickets a month. As their business grows in tandem with the level of sophistication of their customer base, they knew they needed the best hardware, software and a management solution that could scale with their business and tie everything together.

Enter Apple and Jamf

For Electric, the choice to leverage Apple hardware was a no-brainer. “We began with Apple because it’s easy to use and there’s a level of consistency that’s hard to find in other environments. Apple is also a pioneer of innovation,” said Ryan Denehy, Electric founder and CEO. While Apple is the predominant platform, Electric has expanded to offer coverage for Windows devices to support companies with hybrid Windows and Apple environments.

With the hardware, software and support covered, Electric turned to Jamf as the glue to bring it all together. “The choice to go with Jamf was easy. They focus on the developer community and provide a wealth of APIs, which is critical for a company like ours to build on. Jamf provides the ecosystem to develop and innovate on their platform, which was the most important thing for us.”

The other deciding factor? Zero-touch deployment. Electric purchases and drop-ships hundreds of devices a month, which means manual imaging would require extensive time and resources. “Being able to eliminate the manual steps with Apple deployment programs and Jamf allows us to deploy devices in a seamless way. Our end goal is that the customer never has to touch a box. They receive the device ready to go from day one.”

It all seemed too good to be true, so Electric put Jamf’s zero-touch deployment to the test. After conducting a side-by-side comparison with legacy imaging, they calculated an average deployment time savings of 80 percent when using Jamf Pro and Apple zero-touch deployment. The rest is history.

What’s next?

Electric has big plans. Denehy went on to explain, “The flexibility Jamf gives us means we can create standards. The different combinations and variations we can create with Jamf is almost limitless. When we create a policy, we know we can depend on it and leverage it across the board. We can offer a solution that feels personalized to the customer without compromising scalability or predictability.”

And for SMB companies, Denehy said Electric plans to fill a major gap. “It’s not uncommon for a CTO or office manager to run IT in a smaller business. They want Apple and Jamf, but they don’t have the bandwidth of an IT admin or team to get everything in place and support it.” That’s where Electric comes in. They will take on the full responsibility of the roll out, configuration and management, including the application of Jamf’s secure, flexible Apple management solution.

“Businesses are going to buy and use more technology over time. IT expertise is not growing at the rate of technology. In the world where devices and tech are the backbone of your business, our goal is to make it as easy as possible for small and mid-size companies to get the support they need.” We couldn’t agree with Denehy and Electric more! We’re incredibly proud to have them as a Jamf MSP partner to continue driving innovation.

Continued Innovation

Today, Electric continues to innovate how businesses manage their IT support. Recently, Electric launched a new interactive tool, the Cloud Vulnerability Scanner, also known as Proton that will allow G Suite admins to have visibility into potentially vulnerable files in their organization’s Google Drive.

Using the scanner is simple and secure — start by entering your information and clicking ‘Scan Now’; from there, you’ll be prompted to add your Google Account and grant Proton permission to start the scan. You’ll receive your results within seconds and have the ability to download your results! To learn more about Proton, try it out for yourself here.

Evan O'Malley
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