In a movement that flew beneath the radar with this week's iPad launching and education statements, Apple started the silent promotion of a new web-based small business management platform to successfully install and handle iOS, macOS, along with tvOS devices.
A web-based portal which lets administrators configure settings, create accounts, and purchase and distribute apps and books, Business Manager is currently in beta, but Apple says that the new platform will launch in earnest in late spring.
Apparently built on present mass device installation (MDM) frameworks, the newest service combines features already found from the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and the Volume Purchase Program (VPP). The ability to create accounts and handle devices is quite like Apple School Manager, that first saw light of day at 2016.
Over the past couple of years Apple has gradually expanded the availability of its current DEP and VPP business management programs to additional countries. A online portal ought to bring up those tools to speed up offerings from third party companies.
Apple has been focusing to a buildout of its business and education verticals recently, with additional education management features announced just a week. Apple started offering MDM to get iOS devices back with iOS 7.1.
Another recent movement to increase Apple's enterprise foothold has been their growing venture with IBM and the MobileFirst initiative. Apple just recently included new system learning integrations to the project through Apple's coreML along with IBM's Watson.
Apple's in-house MDM alternative for enterprise has needed improvements for some time, leading third-party solutions like JAMF to prosper. JAMF, which currently manages over 9 million Apple apparatus, saw record growth past year since Apple pushed farther in the enterprise market.
Company admins can find out more about Apple's new Business Management system in a service document released this week. Present users of Apple's DEP along with VPP programs seeking to test out Business Manager can reach out to the company to ask for an account upgrade.