Many thanks to Roy Verberne for contributing significantly to this blog series.
All organizations want to save time and money. Unsurprisingly, more and more businesses are implementing device management software tools to minimize the time staff spends on tasks by automating, simplifying and even eliminating them entirely. We have demonstrated the significant time savings and return on investment (ROI) with an MDM solution again and again for the IT department. The time spent configuring, maintaining and managing end-user workstations alone could mean one IT admin can single-handedly manage thousands of devices.
But the benefits of an MDM solution are in no way limited to the IT department. In fact, all departments benefit with time and cost savings using Jamf Pro solutions. In addition to managing devices, Jamf Connect focuses on identity.
This is the second in a three-part series outlining how MDM with Jamf provides solutions can save time and improve workflows for every department in your organization.
Read the first in the series, covering HR.
Read the last in the series, covering legal and data security, as well as IT.
Inventory and budgeting
- Knowing how many devices you have, which applications they run and when they are due for an update is essential for budgeting of hardware, software and tools that require licenses. Advanced inventory functions such as Smart Groups can quickly identify unused or missing devices which need renewing and can be purchased with volume licensing at a discount.
- With Jamf Pro, there is no limit to what you can measure for accurate budgeting. For example: finance can monitor hardware health monitoring scripted attributes such as uptime (how long it’s been running since the last restart).
Hardware loss prevention
You can track devices when put in Lost mode with Jamf Pro. This can help prevent employees from losing costly hardware. You may inform anyone who finds a lost device that it belongs to your organization with a customized notification sent to the device.
Overall hardware costs
Supporting a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program is a simple but effective way to lower overall hardware costs. Employees bring their own devices, but with correct management their productivity secure access is the same of employees with company-owned devices.
Companies can claim VAT back when they can show that the hardware they own is used for business purposes. Having a complete list of up-to-date inventory showing serial numbers and purchase date can make claiming VAT back easy.
Reduced cost for IT
Having a dedicated IT employee per office can get costly at large organizations. Jamf Pro enables one IT employee to manage devices in offices all around the world — from one location. In a recent Mac in the Enterprise survey conducted by Vanson Bourne, 31% of Mac users cited login and credential issues as a top problem they experience at work. Forrester Research estimates that the average cost of a single password reset done by an IT help desk is about $70. Jamf Connect keeps account credentials in sync between the Mac and cloud identity providers, dramatically reducing password-related IT help desk tickets— and the associated cost.
Instantly available training means less time waiting to start selling
Onboarding and training in sales it is all about efficiency and speed. With Jamf Pro and Jamf Connect, you can instantly make the training tools available for your sales team with just-in-time account provisioning and a single sign-on option. When training tools are available the moment a sales employee opens the laptop, they can start picking up the phone all the faster.
Self Service offers conditional access. With Jamf Pro you can ensure the sales teams are fully equipped with the apps they need, when they need them. You can preconfigure Dropbox / Sharepoint settings and make all the pre-configured company-branded Keynote or PowerPoint presentations available for your team the second they start. The entire team can work with the same updated files and tools.
It is no surprise that higher productivity means better overall performance. For IBM, this meant sales representatives using macOS devices were closing high-value sales deals that were 16% larger on average compared to their counterparts using Windows and scored higher in their annual performance assessments.
When working remotely, it is of the upmost importance that your data is secure that that you access to all the tools you need: quotes, presentations, forecasting data, note-taking and tracking prospects. Jamf Connect streamlines Mac authentication and identity management with the ability to keep an eye on all company devices and who is accessing them, when and from where: providing peace of mind that both the device and corporate information is protected. With the seamless integration between Mac and iOS, Jamf Pro will ensure that whether you want to work remotely on an iPad, Mac or even an iPhone, you will be able to. When you preconfigure VPN settings and have all the apps available on both Mac and iOS, working remotely is easier and more efficient than ever!
Equipping your team with the right tools
Jamf Pro integrates with sales tools like Showpad, Salesforce, Slack. Salespeople can discover, present and share the content that matters — and stand out from the competition with a unique buyer experience. You can even run your business from your mobile device. Unify your Chatter, CRM, custom apps, and business processes in one modern experience. Whether you're in the office, on an airplane or checking in from a coffee shop, the right tech ensures that the productivity of your sales team is as high as it can be.
Marketing, PR & Design
Creative departments require various tools for designing and producing engaging content. With Self Service, a personalised app catalogue, these departments can download the applications they need without requesting them and waiting for approval. In Hobson’s ROI study of device management systems, Jamf users reported cutting time spent installing and updating applications by 90%!
Office 365 pre-configuration
Admins can now deploy, configure and manage Office 365 within Jamf Pro. This creates an intuitive admin workflow that allows end-users to manage Office themselves.
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