MaaS360 Device Enrollment Programs – Introduction
Is your company considering purchasing IBM MaaS360 licenses? 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 key considerations ahead of a MaaS360 rollout in a blog, published in September 2018. In this blog post I will discuss two MaaS360 device enrollment programs.
Apple Device Enrollment Program
To enroll in the Apple Device Enrollment Program you need to set up an Apple Business Manager account. You will need the D-U-N-S number for your organization. Dun & Bradstreet can provide you with this if required.
The Apple Device Enrollment Program gives corporate IT departments significant control over iOS devices. Examples of such control are as follows.
Firstly, the compulsory installation of mobile device management profiles on all corporate owned iOS devices. However, IT departments can exempt executive management from compulsory installation of an M.D.M. profile. Secondly, corporate IT departments can elect to supervise a device over the air. Thirdly, there is an option to lock mobile device management profiles. Therefore the user of an iOS device cannot remove the mobile device management profile from settings. Fourthly, IT departments can disable pairing of devices. Therefore, the end user will be unable to associate their corporate owned iOS device with their personal Apple ID.
Enhanced mobile device security, and productivity are the major advantages of the Apple device enrollment program. IT departments can assign security policies and an M.D.M. profile to a new iOS device. The end user only needs to activate the device for all relevant IBM MaaS360 policies to take effect immediately.
Apple Volume Purchase Program
With Apple iOS devices there are two distinct models for licensing applications. Firstly, there is user based licensing, where an end user signs into the App Store with an Apple ID. Secondly, there is device based licensing, which does not require an Apple ID. Account administrators can distribute apps via the Apple volume purchase program to corporate owned devices. MaaS360 account administrators can install apps silently via an Apple device enrollment program M.D.M. service.
What are the advantages of the Apple volume purchase program. Firstly, better control of costs, in particular, the purchase of premium apps. Secondly, better control of distribution. IT departments can proactively manage the distribution of apps on corporate owned devices.
Understanding how deploy and manage the MaaS360 device enrollment of iOS devices is critical for corporate IT departments. Publishing watertight security policies, and assigning M.D.M. profiles are key components of the Apple device enrollment program. The Apple Volume Purchase Program enables IT departments to control the purchasing and distribution of public and enterprise owned apps.
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.