Many of you know that I recently launched a product called GroundControl. It was designed to fill some of the all-too-familiar gaps in setting up and deploying iOS devices at scale. You know, the gaps that require lots of manual tapping to complete. Supervision, WiFi setup, MDM enrollment, iOS updates ... and on and on. GroundControl automates all of that, with fewer screen taps, maybe even zero taps.
When I founded Enterprise iOS I wanted it to become a community for iOS administrators to be able to freely ask questions and receive honest answers from real experience. Those questions and shared experiences — shared frustrations really — gave birth to GroundControl. What better place to host our Q&A forum?
Please post questions and experiences here. We'll do our best to answer honestly.
Founder & CTO, GroundControl
I have the pleasure of speaking with many of our customers at the outset as they plan their iOS management strategy. For customers interested in implementing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, there are serious implications worth devoting some consideration to before proceeding.
To both share this information as well as provide our customers with a resource they can refer back to, we've published a guide outlining these pros and cons. Even a quick glance will better prepare you for your deployment, and may help you avoid common technical and organizational issues.
We have a couple of apps functioning as lightweight clients to selected tasks in our Enterprise system, and to ease the deployment we are adding the option of pushing certain configurations using the technique Apple defined in iOS7.
But now I'd like to test this in the real world and thought I could find a MDM system that has a trial version were I could try this out on. But so far I haven't found many MDM's that actually say that they support this feature?
What are Your experiences?
Which MDM systems lets us manage App configurations?
(I'd to tell our customers which systems works and which don't)
And are there any that has a free tier/trial version?
GroundControl is a unique product for imaging fleets of corporate-owned iPads and iPhones, especially shared devices. We complement MDM by managing iOS updates, touch-free MDM enrollment, supervision, and by restoring a good deal of device content.
GroundControl and EnterpriseiOS.com were both started by Aaron Freimark, with immense support from Tekserve.
[Editor's note: Folks, for the last nine months or so I've been working on a pretty big project, and today I'm happy to help reveal it to you. Much of what I've learned has come from this community. Thank you! And if you are in Atlanta at AirWatch Connect, please stop by the expo and say hi.]
GroundControl is a new system for streamlining iOS deployment, launching today. Plug in a USB cable, and GroundControl supervises, restores a base image, and installs configuration profiles, on out-of-the-box iPhones and iPads and without a screen touch. The multiple "Launchpad" base stations are managed by the cloud, helping ensure a consistent experience no matter how large your deployment is. If you like, think of it as "Configurator in the cloud".
Perhaps the best way to get a feel for the product is to take a look at the demo video below:
Visit the site http://www.groundctl.com for an FAQ and a signup for a trial. If you have questions please ask.
The press release follows.
[Hi folks! I'm honored to have been asked by the good people at Apple-ization of the Enterprise and Code42 to present a webinar next week. I hope you all from the Enterprise iOS community can join us. — Aaron]
As tablets become even more intuitive and convenient, information workers are demanding these devices as standard operating equipment necessary to do their jobs. And, they expect to have the same user experience as laptops or desktops. However, because tablets can be difficult to manage and deploy, and pose added security challenges, enterprise IT has been slow to deploy them on a grand scale. So, how can IT teams embrace tablets to enable employees to work how they want, while at the same time ensure a successful deployment and long-term management and security?
Join this live webinar as Tekserve CTO and iOS expert Aaron Freimark provides practical tips for successful enterprise iPad deployments, based on his real-life missteps and successes. Aaron will also share:
- How the use of tablets within the enterprise represents a tremendous shift from IT's traditional "command and control" approach
- The 7 common mistakes to avoid during an iPad deployment
- Real-world examples of successful deployments resulting in business efficiencies
- Tips and recommendations for a scalable tablet strategy
March 12, 2014 | 1:00 pm Central
Presented by Tekserve
Aaron Freimark has worked for the last 12 years at Tekserve, New York's largest independent Apple consultancy and retailer, and is the company's CTO. Over that time, Tekserve has architected and supported solutions for NBC Olympics, Cablevision, Al Jazeera America, New York and Minneapolis/St. Paul airports, and hundreds of other enterprises big and small. A believer in online collaboration, Aaron is the founder of EnterpriseiOS.com, a technical community of iOS administrators.
I'm new to Enterprise iOS, thank you for providing this very useful resource!
I was wondering if anyone has a favorite not-too-expensive USB hub for rolling out iPhones using Apple Configurator. I can't seem to find a USB hub for 5-10 devices with enough power to charge and sync, that's not prohibitively expensive.
Any help would be great!
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