You asked for it! How IBM just made it easier for companies to manage Mac deployments

By: Herb Hernandez

Setting up new enterprise systems or devices tends to play out as a story of the best and worst of times.

The best of times: better user experiences, increased IT admin productivity and business growth.

The worst of times: downtime for users, hours on the line with IT support and employee engagement dips.

For enterprise Mac deployments, an announcement from IBM at the recent Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) suggests more of the best of times moving forward. IBM announced plans to offer its Mac@IBM provisioning code as open source.

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Mac@IBM provisioning code

With the Mac@IBM code, IT departments will now have the ability to gather additional information about their employees during macOS setup. Employees can customize their enrollment by selecting apps or bundles of apps to install.

“By making IT simpler and more intuitive, we’re creating a more productive environment where IBMers can do their best work, be responsive to our clients and act with speed and agility,” says IBM CIO Fletcher Previn. “We started with IBM, but due to overwhelming interest from our clients, we decided it’s time to share our philosophy, practices and code with organizations around the world.”

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Proven by more than 135,000 deployments

Mac@IBM launched in 2015 and since then over 135,000 Mac systems have been deployed at IBM. The device provisioning model allows a small IT team to support 240,000 plus Apple devices and the iOS operating system. Users can set up and configure an IBM system in a few clicks.

IBM open source code makes it easier for IT admins to use and customize code to meet their individual IT needs. Explore the code on GitHub.

IBM continues its strong commitment to the tech community with open source solutions — especially within the areas of AI, Cloud and Security.

See how Mac@IBM setup works:





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About The Author

Herb Hernandez

Global Product Marketing Leader, IBM Digital Workplace Services

Herb Hernandez is a marketing professional with over 25 years of experience across both services and hardware. In his current role, Herb leads a global marketing team supporting IBM Digital Workplace Services business. Herb has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Northwestern University and an MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the University... Read more