Apple’s Device Enrolment Program (DEP) is now officially available in Australia at CompNow. The family-run organisation has become the first IT provider to offer businesses and education institutions the program, which easily deploys and configures iOS and OS X devices.
Only previously available solely in the United States, Apple announced in November 2014 that it would be extending the DEP to 25 countries and regions. The program is now made available in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
DEP, which is apart of the Apple Deployment Program (ADP) “provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy organisation-owned iPad and iPhone devices and Mac computers purchased directly from Apple, or from participating Apple Authorised Resellers or carriers”, explained Apple.
CompNow, the first Authorised Apple Reseller in Australia explains, “Through combining your Device Management Software (MDM), your Volume Purchasing (VPP), and purchasing your hardware directly through CompNow, you can now enjoy true zero-touch configuration of your devices – both iOS and OS X”.
VPP allows organisations a simple solution in purchasing, downloading and installing apps and books from App Store and iBooks Store. Through the ability to purchase iOS and OS X apps and books in volume, devices can be easily distributed with the same apps or books to employees, contractors, teachers or students.
There are two VPP websites – one for business and one for education. The VPP for Business allows you to get custom built apps for iOS, custom built apps are by third-party developers to fit your acquired needs, which can be downloaded privately through the VPP store. The VPP for Education lets app developers offer special pricing for app purchases of 20 or more for eligible institutions, however special prices for books are not available.
The zero touch-configuration for IT will mean that large-scale deployment of iPads and Macs are “seamless” further describes Apple. Devices will be configured according to the requirements placed by organisations, with assurance that all devices will receive the same configuration.
Through the automated MDM enrolment by using DEP, this process will ensure that devices are immediately configured when activated, requires users to automatically enrol in MDM, MDM profile is locked onto the device and MDM will automatically reinstall onto the device if it is reset.
The setup process will be further simplified by using MDM, as it will remove specific steps in the setup assistance, allowing users to be setup and running quickly. With customised setup assistance, screens that can be removed in the setup include passcode, location, restore from backup, Apple ID, terms of service, Siri and sending diagnostics.
Businesses and education institutions can also have full control over their devices with a configured MDM profile through Supervision Over the Air (OTA). CompNow further explains that with DEP, OTA will be automatically enabled and setup wirelessly across all devices. This will allow businesses and education institutions to have centralised control over their iOS devices, which include restricting access to iMessage, configuring a global proxy, allow or prevent users from deleting apps, allow or disable AirDrop or Game Center, enable Casper Focus and silently install or remove apps.
This expansion of Apple’s deploying of many devices in business and education environments is said to be due to Apple’s re-partnership with IBM and their mission to build a new class of business apps, combining IBM’s data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.
Apple released a statement in July 2014, stating their partnership with IBM is to “transform enterprise mobility” which includes creating “a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad”.
So with the expansion of DEP in 25 countries and regions, what’s next for Apple?