What Apple’s Device Enrollment Program is, and what it means for IT

Device Enrollment Program

Softchoice is pleased to be one of the first Authorized Resellers in North America to support Apple’s Device Enrollrment Program. The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac or iOS devices. Enroll today!

What Apple’s Device Enrollment Program means for you

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4 Steps to Choosing the Right Devices for CYOD

4 Steps to Choosing the Right Devices for CYOD

When we started planning our CYOD pilot, we faced two critical success factors right out of the gate. We needed to ensure participants could pick a device that would excite and inspire them, AND leverage our IT department’s expertise in providing technology that will perform admirably (and reliably) within our environment.

What Softchoice chose for CYOD

“We chose HP, Lenovo and Dell for our CYOD pilot — offering a subset of three to five devices per vendor,” said Ron Haslett, Senior Manager of eCommerce at Softchoice and a participant in the CYOD pilot program. “These vendors have a wide range of offerings with Windows 8, as well as global availability and warranty structures.”

Choosing the right line-up of devices for our CYOD pilot required some input from our own internal experts. Here are 4 considerations we would recommend you have in mind when building out the list of devices included in a CYOD program.

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OS X is becoming more like iOS (Not in the way that most people think)

OS X is becoming more like iOS (Not in the way that most people think)

There’s been lots of discussion of the two OSes merging to the point where a Mac will be all touch-driven. Personally, I can’t see that happen as there’s a certain level of functionality we’ve come to expect from a mouse-based OS like OS X. Also, let’s not forget about gorilla arm.

Rather, the change is happening under the hood, in how Macs and iOS devices can be managed in a corporate environment. As each full version update of iOS adds more functionality and control from an administrator perspective, Apple is adding features to OS X making it more compatible with Mobile Device Management solutions.

What does this mean for businesses? It means they can offer more choice in the BYOD model, where the “D” can now include any model from the current line-up of super-sexy MacBooks.

To break this down, here’s what Apple started doing in OS X Lion: [Read more…]