Apple device management specialist JAMF Software recently announced the release of Casper Suite 9.9, a version that boasts compatibility with iOS 9.3 in addition to new functionality that enhances the ability of organizations to manage large fleets of Apple devices. Casper Suite 9.9 empowers organizations to disable, locate and recover lost or stolen devices. In addition, this release allows organizations to deliver a unified home screen for all users within an organization that standardizes the user experience by customizing which apps are available to users upon log-on. While Casper Suite 9.9 has the ability to standardize device experiences, it also allows organizations to personalize devices to ensure that users receive apps that are appropriate for their functional role and interests. In the case of students, for example, schools and educators can use Casper Suite 9.9 to customize the delivery of apps that correspond to the aptitude and academic interests of students. Candace Salmon-Hosey, Executive Director of Technology and CTE Services, Rowan-Salisbury School System, remarked on the value of JAMF software as follows:
Rowan-Salisbury School System depends on JAMF Software to provide critical, same-day support for iOS releases that impact our district’s 30,000 devices. This is one of the many reasons we partner with JAMF. JAMF’s same-day support, ubiquitous ecosystem, and architecture offers us peace of mind that our teaching and learning environment will not be disrupted when a new iOS version is released.
Here, Salmon-Hosey remarks on JAMF Software’s ability to deliver “same-day support for iOS releases” such as iOS 9.3 on a scale of 30,000 devices. The screenshot below illustrates the management functionality of JAMF’s Casper Suite platform that streamlines and simplifies the management of Apple devices within an organization, at scale:
The graphic illustrates Casper Suite’s ability to allow organizations to create mobile device groups that subsequently facilitate device standardization or personalization, as required by the customer. In addition, the screenshot shows the ease with which organizations can use the platform to locate and recover lost or stolen devices. With its enhanced support for device standardization, personalized learning, ability to locate and disable lost or stolen devices, in addition to its support for iOS 9.3, JAMF continues to consolidate its leadership position in the Apple device management space. Expect JAMF’s positioning within the Apple Device Management to grow stronger as Apple devices become increasingly pervasive within K-12 education and subsequently stand to benefit from JAMF Software’s capability to deliver standardized, yet customized curricula that give teachers enhanced control over the pedagogical experience.
JAMF Holdings, parent company of JAMF Software, today announced the finalization of a $30M capital raise led by Summit Partners. JAMF Software will use the funding to continue development of Casper Suite, one of the only platforms built exclusively for enterprise management of Apple products. The recent funding raise will also be used to expand sales operations, develop strategic partnerships and expand JAMF’s customer service team. As a result of the investment, Greg Goldfarb of Summit Partners will join the JAMF board of directors. JAMF’s funding raise comes head on the heels of Apple’s increasing penetration into the enterprise, a phenomenon that was largely spearheaded by the iPhone in ways that led to the adoption of other Mac products such as the iPad and Macbook Pro, accordingly to JAMF Software CEO Chip Pearson in an interview with Cloud Computing Today.
Whereas Apple products once used to be confined largely to creative agencies and marketing organizations, Pearson noted the increasing traction of Casper Suite within the financial services industry, government agencies and the education space. That Apple has gained significant inroads in the education space is evinced by the recent success of New York-based Amplify, a tech startup that proposes to revolutionize K-12 education delivery by providing each child with an iPad loaded with innovative curricula. Because of the increasingly prevalent usage of Apple products within large organizations, Casper Suite is well positioned to consolidate market share in the Apple enterprise device management space, particularly given its extensive experience with the Apple platform. JAMF’s previous capital raise was slightly less than $3M, so today’s funding announcement should open the door for rapid quarterly growth in the year to come.
JAMF Software recently announced the latest release of Casper Suite, its Apple device management platform, featuring support for Apple OS X Mavericks. Casper Suite represents one of the few management platforms developed exclusively for Apple products and boasts functionality that includes “mobile device management, settings management, software distribution, imaging, inventory, package building, image management, remote updates and a powerful framework for automated support,” according to a recent press release. Casper Suite delivers management support for Apple’s FileVault 2 Disk Encryption technology, tools for upgrading to the latest OS release as well as enhanced security and corporate integration functionality.
The graphic of the Casper Suite management console below illustrates the platform’s ability to configure policies and preferences for Apple devices.
Given the recent proliferation of Apple devices into enterprise computing, the Casper Suite management console is uniquely positioned to consolidate its market share in the Apple device management space. After years of banishment from the ranks of enterprise computing, Apple has made a steady advance into the world of enterprise computing courtesy of the iPad and iPhone and Steve Jobs’s proposition of an ecosystem of synchronized computing devices that collectively leverage the iCloud. In an interview with Cloud Computing Today, JAMF remarked that several of its customers are actively considering wholesale transitions to Apple OS-based computing devices and thereby transitioning away from Windows-based platforms entirely. The larger point here is that enterprise usage of Apple devices has skyrocketed over the last five years, and as such, the market opportunity for Apple device management platforms such as Caper Suite is both promising and set to continue expanding. Expect more Apple device management vendors to proliferate as the market for Apple device management platforms expands and matures.