Apple has announced the launch of a new Apple Business Manager device management solution for the "late spring" of this year. In a document describing new enterprise features, Apple explains that Apple Business Manager is a web-based portal for IT managers to manage people and devices …
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Apple appears to have the last beta Trial of its new Business Manager platform launched month, as evidenced by this extensive document that outlines the features of the platform. However, the beta testing started with little coverage from Apple itself or the press.
Essentially, the Apple Business Manager is a enterprise-centric device management solution. It's very similar to Apple School Manager because it's a web-based portal that lets IT administrators manage "people, devices and content from a single source".
Here's Apple's full description of Apple Business Manager:
Apple Business Manager is a simple web-based portal that IT administrators can use to manage people, Apple devices, and content from one place. With this service, companies can streamline their device capture process, purchase apps and books, and grant the necessary permissions to deploy them from a central location.
If you are already registered in the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) or the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), you can upgrade any existing programs to the Apple Business Manager and bring everything together to provide iOS devices, Mac computers, and Apple TV is required.
Apple has not talked much about Apple Business Manager, but the phrase "late spring" implies that we'll hear more about it at WWDC in June. If you're an Apple enterprise device manager, you can read all about the beta version in Apple's full document here.
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