Maximize efficiency with modern device management.

Modern management isn’t only about improving security. It’s also about efficiency: for IT, networks, workflows, and staff.

May 3 2024 by

Haddayr Copley-Woods

Maximizing efficiency with Jamf and Apple: three employees attempt to drag a blue hard-sided block up a hill while one pushing a red ball on his own is further ahead.

First, what is modern device management?

Modern management is the next evolution of endpoint management and security, grounded in proactive device actions using declarative device management (DDM). Apple’s introduction of DDM has opened up a whole new world of flexibility, safety and performance.

Modern device management shuts security issues down instantaneously and removes unnecessary traffic between the server and devices.

DDM has made the work world’s move to a hybrid or remote workforce for workers even safer and more efficient than before DDM changed Mobile Device Management forever.

How modern Apple device management impacts IT efficiency

This offers enhanced security, faster device management and increased awareness for IT departments. IT departments can not only tackle issues immediately; they can automate the process.

Streamlined deployments and configurations provide services more quickly and save IT time.

Sometimes, it can feel as if IT has no time to do much of anything except to set up and configure new users, and then to continually update them. Modern device management such as Jamf Pro allows IT to improve operational efficiency by automating device setup for new users and simplifying the configuration of settings, apps and access controls with Smart Groups and zero-touch deployments.

Enhanced security and compliance keeps everyone safer and saves time and money that might otherwise be spent on breech response or hands-on remediation.

With declarative device management, IT need only ensure they set compliance parameters carefully. Devices themselves work to meet corporate security standards or prevent harm from the rest of the network before reporting to the server.

These proactive actions, and the report that follows, keeps IT apprised of all security vulnerabilities in real time without the necessity of running countless reports with too much data displayed. In the case that a device cannot get back into compliance through pre-determined steps, IT can easily find the device and remotely bring it back into compliance.

With modern management, IT can also manage updates and patches remotely and automate the vast majority of these updates and patches, getting them to end users far more quickly and efficiently than hands-on updates and patches. This also frees up IT so that they can focus on more complex work instead of taking time away from what they do best to perform repetitive tasks.

Jamf reduces downtime with proactive device management as well, offering:

  • Workflow optimization
  • Easy integration of Apple devices into existing tech stacks
  • Customized workflows to suit organizational needs

Improved workforce efficiency

Studies have shown that employees are most productive when they can choose the location of their workspaces and the devices they use to do their work.

According to the Gallup study above, “the greatest advantages of hybrid work to date are: improved work-life balance, more efficient use of time, control over work hours and work location, burnout mitigation, and higher productivity.”

Burned-out employees are not efficient employees, and those without control over their work hours and location cannot optimize their working hours to the time they work most efficiently.

Modern management takes hybrid workforce culture — the future of work — in stride.

Staff are also most efficient when they use their own iPhones for work. According to a Cybersecurity Insider study report by bitglass, employee productivity increases overall by 68% when organizations build new BYOD programs. Employees working on familiar devices need less time to train, and have more access to their supervisors (and vice-versa) when they use BYOD devices.

Jamf Pro’s BYOD capabilities allow for this advantageous arrangement that not only increases efficiency but also lowers costs for organizations.

Jamf’s encrypted connections and identity access management solutions increase staff efficiency by keeping employees secure without slowing down the network or causing them downtime with intrusive updates or blocked access.

Turnover drains efficiency in the workplace

According to Stratus HR, employee turnover can cost businesses a great deal. There are not only administrative costs in offboarding, advertising for new talent and training new staff, but there is a huge impact on other employees as well.

Turnover can mean:

  • A loss of institutional knowledge
  • Tasks left undone
  • Lost productivity
  • Reduced morale of overworked staff

One of the best ways employers can reduce turnover is to keep employees happy. And one of the best ways to do that is to continue the trend in hybrid or remote work. Remote and hybrid work arrangements are more effective for employee retention, according to the Conference Board’s Reimagined Workplace 2023 Survey.

71% of those polled with mandatory return to office policies said retaining workers was “difficult” compared to 46% of firms with hybrid or remote policies.

Better security enhances organizational and individual efficiency.

Jamf’s state-of-the-art endpoint protection solutions can enable the most efficient workplace with the reassurance that even with staff in multiple locations on multiple devices, their data, network, and devices remain secure.

Modern management can seem like it has a lot of moving parts. However, consolidating your Apple workflows, device management, and security with the most experienced vendor in Apple device management can make it much easier. And certainly — you guessed it — more efficient.

Put Jamf’s over 20 years of experience streamlining and simplifying Apple-focused business to work for you.

Discover how Jamf can help you improve efficiency with modern management.