IBM MaaS360 Rollout Introduction
Is your company considering purchasing IBM MaaS360 licenses? Are you concerned about data leakage within your company? Would you like to control the security and use of corporate owned devices? IBM MaaS360 with Watson, takes a cognitive approach to unified endpoint management. MaaS360 enables users, devices, apps, and content while protecting associated data. I outlined the constituent parts of Unified Endpoint Management Software in a previous blog post. In this blog, I outline issues that need consideration ahead of a MaaS360 rollout.
To integrate MaaS360 with an on premises server, you need to install cloud extender software and a mobile enterprise gateway. Firstly, to integrate MaaS360 with Exchange ActiveSync, IBM Notes Traveler or Active Directory, you need cloud extender software. Secondly, a mobile enterprise gateway provides secure access to corporate resources. Examples are intranet resources, web apps, private SharePoint shares, and databases.
You need to consider the following when planning an IBM MaaS360 rollout. Firstly, how many corporate owned devices are there within your company? Secondly, how many corporate owned iOS devices are there? Thirdly, how many corporate owned Android devices are there? Finally, are you considering a phased rollout of IBM MaaS360?
Corporate IT departments have the option of bulk enrolling corporate owned devices.
Firstly, the Samsung Knox program enables a company to bulk enroll Samsung devices. Only authorized IT staff can remove mobile device management protection from a Samsung Know enrolled device. To avail of the Samsung Knox program, a company needs to create a Knox Mobile Enterprise account.
Secondly, other Android devices can use an IBM Android configurator work flow for bulk enrollment.
Thirdly, to bulk enroll iOS devices, a company must register with the Apple Deployment Program. The advantage of the Apple Deployment Program is to make enrolled iOS devices supervised. Enabling supervised mode, restricts user control over devices. Apps such as iTunes Radio can have user restrictions placed on them.
Self employed professionals, and SME’s can elect to subscribe directly for the IBM MaaS360 30 day free trial. The MaaS360 account administrator will need to create an Apple MDM certificate, for each iPhone and iPad enrolled. Creating an Apple MDM certificate requires an iTunes account.
Finally, when planning an IBM MaaS360 rollout consider how you will impact end users. Put in place a plan, communicate it, and provide a timeline for compliance. Large companies should consider staggering a MaaS360 rollout. This has two advantages. Firstly, IT help desks will be able to manage support calls. Secondly, those people involved in the rollout process can apply lessons learned.
A successful rollout of IBM MaaS360 across a large company requires time and planning. Any large company that is considering an IBM MaaS360 rollout needs to engage with third party suppliers. This is especially true in the case of bulk enrollment programs. Equally important is staff engagement.
Over the next couple of months, I will be posting additional blogs about the features and benefits of IBM MaaS360. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you.