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Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPad began as consumer gadgets, but as they've made their way into the workplace, Apple has responded with some enterprise-friendly features.
There are tools that ease mobile printing pains, help devices and apps discover one another on corporate networks, and make deploying configuration and mobile device management (MDM) settings a little easier. Apple enterprise tools aren't perfect, and they don't offer complete security or management options on their own, but they are a step in the right direction. IT administrators should look to the enterprise tools and features that Apple supplies as supplements to other management options.
1Putting Apple tools to use
Now that you know the Apple enterprise tools that are at your disposal, it's time to learn how to use them for the management of iOS devices in the enterprise. Whether the devices that are coming through your office doors are corporate or personally owned, Apple's tools offer some ways to improve workers' productivity and mobility. Keep in mind, however, that none of the tools are a panacea for the problems that iOS devices bring to the workplace.
Apple AirPrint for iOS printing
It can be a pain to print from a mobile device, but AirPrint lets iOS devices and applications connect to print drivers without much configuration. AirPrint uses Bonjour to connect printers and devices, however, so a user looking to print from an iPhone can only print to an AirPrint-enabled printer that's connected to the same network. Unfortunately, many of the printers in offices today aren't AirPrint-ready. Read Now
How to use configuration profiles
Configuration profiles have settings such as passcode guidelines, functionality restrictions and specifications for virtual private network, Wi-Fi and email access. Applying these profiles to iOS devices though the ICU is a good way to define the apps and services that devices can interact with, including infrastructure such as routers, switches and access points. You can also use the profiles to determine which apps can be installed on devices, ask users for passwords and more. Read Now