Apple @ Work: MDM distributors should not worry Apple’s Fleetsmith acquisition

As we head into spring, the thrill of summer time and WWDC begins to turn into a actuality. Apple’s plans for iOS 15 and macOS 12 are doubtless being finalized about this time, so it’s the time of 12 months the place I started pondering what to anticipate. Whereas it was huge information on the time, we’ve heard virtually nothing out of Apple concerning its plans for Fleetsmith after it acquired the corporate.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers has been managing an enterprise IT community since 2009. Via his expertise deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a cell system administration system, enterprise grade Wi-Fi, 100s of Macs, and 100s of iPads, Bradley will spotlight methods through which Apple IT managers deploy Apple gadgets, construct networks to help them, prepare customers, tales from the trenches of IT administration, and methods Apple might enhance its merchandise for IT departments.


I bear in mind again in July after I first bought the information about Apple’s acquisition of Fleetsmith and the autumn out over it eliminating its App Library with out discover. Since that point, it’s been radio silent from Apple over what it plans to do with MDM. I’ve heard rumors that Apple has been retooling the system administration protocol and the Fleetsmith acquisition was aside of that plan, however these are simply rumors. This information was a priority for firms like Jamf, JumpCloud, Kandji, Addigy, and Mosyle who’ve constructed their companies round serving to companies deploy, safe, and handle Apple gadgets.

Apple in 2021 isn’t within the “Free” Enterprise

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On the time, my first thought after the acquisition was that Apple would make Fleetsmith accessible without spending a dime as a method to compete in opposition to Google and Chromebooks in schooling. The extra I’ve thought of what Apple would possibly do, I understand that Apple in 2021 isn’t within the enterprise of making a gift of companies. Apple in 2021 is within the enterprise of providing extra companies to develop that income line. Apple wished Fleetsmith as a method to promote extra issues to companies. Sure, they resell Jamf present, and I don’t anticipate that to proceed endlessly as they are going to doubtless rebrand Fleetsmith as Apple MDM, however there may be nonetheless a vibrant future for different distributors.

Apple must ‘dogfood’ its personal APIs

I imagine that the long-term results of Apple’s acquisition of Fleetsmith will likely be that Apple’s APIs for system administration will get so much higher. Now that Apple owns and operates an MDM service, they are going to have the sensible expertise of what utilizing its personal APIs are like within the enterprise and in Okay-12. As an alternative of constructing the blueprints of the way to handle Apple merchandise within the enterprise, they’ll have to truly assist clients handle, safe, and deploy Apple merchandise. The top outcome will likely be that different MDM distributors may have entry to raised and extra secure APIs through which to handle Apple merchandise within the enterprise.

Wrap up on Apple’s plans for Fleetsmith

I might see Apple morphing Fleetsmith into a really succesful system administration platform that competes in opposition to different distributors, however I additionally nonetheless a vibrant future for different distributors. They’ll proceed to broaden their use instances with what they provide clients that Apple received’t doubtless match. I see it as no completely different than somebody who makes use of Apple Podcasts is a possible buyer sooner or later for Overcast in the event that they proceed to hearken to podcasts. If a enterprise begins deploying Macs and iOS gadgets of their group, they might begin out with Apple’s MDM, however ultimately, transfer to a supplier that provides extra options or higher integrates into their atmosphere.

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