The Alternative to MDM

As schools, businesses, and non-profit groups of any size continue to transition to a digital-centric environment the challenge of equipping employees, members and students with devices (whether it be laptops, iPads, etc.),  has emerged.  While large school districts and enterprises can use expensive cloud based multiple device management platforms to track, update, apply policies, and install apps on devices, this type of platform is often out of reach for smaller entities.  When you only need to manage several devices, Apple’s Configurator software platform represents an alternative. 

Apple Configurator is a software based solution which applies organizational policies, installs apps, and configures settings for multiple Apple devices.  Since Apple Configurator is software based, the devices cannot be managed remotely and need to be physically attached to the computer which has the software installed.  While this can be a deal breaker for some, if you can look past this limitation, Configurator has many of the same features available in cloud based MDM platforms.  Administrator’s can create preset templates or profiles with different policies and apps.  Apple Configurator can be linked to an organization’s VPP account to all apps to be downloaded and installed.   For small organizations or schools, Apple Configurator remains a viable solution.  

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About the Author

Matthew Zuccaro is currently the CEO of Digital Strategy Associates LLC, where he developed a boutique web design firm into a multi-faceted provider of IT and digital marketing solutions. A highly driven entrepreneur, Matt founded his first business while in high school and used the proceeds to self-finance his college tuition. As a seasoned IT professional, Matt has extensive experience in supporting Apple, Cisco, and Windows. A graduate of Montclair State University, Matt holds a BA (Summa Cum Laude) in History and Political Science. Outside of the office, Matt is passionate about traveling as well as volunteering within his local community.

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