Many businesses, schools and universities are facing the challenge of deploying and securely managing Apple devices across their internal and external networks, giving the best user experience to users but making sure there is no increase in support requirements or compromise security. At OPAL we have been working with Apple products for over 20 years. We have successfully deployed Apple into world leading banks and financial institutions, independent and state schools, universities and a wide range of businesses. This is our core strength; we can deploy, manage and support Apple devices in any environment.
Using products such as Jamf Pro, this enables us to help users easily manage and support Apple on their network. From Imaging to deploying Patch updates, we will guide you through the whole process. For users wanting to integrate with your current Windows Server environment and secure networks, we use Acronis Access Connect. Acronis Access Connect is the best file and print sharing solution for integrating Macs into the Enterprise, including file access from mobile devices. Access Connect is the only solution that presents the rich experience Mac users demand when connecting to Windows or NAS file servers, while maintaining compatibility required by IT. Over 80% of businesses use Apple, we know how to make sure these devices are able to connect to resources and access data in a secure, reliable and easy way.
Businesses are often wary of the cost effectiveness of using Apple products, but this myth is being rapidly debunked. The world’s largest user of Apple products – IBM – are estimating savings of approximately $270 (up to $540 dependent on model) per Macbook used versus a traditional PC, with this mainly being attributed to lower IT support costs and better residual value of the Mac. Over the past year, IBM have implemented a rollout of Macs internally since it introduced Apple computers as a user option, with 130,000 Mac and iOS devices deployed. They are adding an additional 1,900 Macs each week and have selected Jamf Pro to complete the deployment, using Apple’s Device Enrolment Program to facilitate the process. These thousands of Macs are supported by just 24 help and support staff – only 5% of IBM’s employees using Macs require support from their IT Help Desk, in contrast to an astonishing 40% of staff using PCs.