At the start of 2009, Windows® had 95% of the Desktop OS market share worldwide, and Mac® had 3%. Fast forward a decade later and Windows’ market share has dropped to 74% while Mac’s has increased to 13%. Mac systems are making their way into the working world, and one study even found that 72% of employees prefer Mac over Windows. As a result of macOS® gaining popularity, a whole slew of new Mac management competitors has surfaced. So, what do you need to consider in choosing a Mac management solution? Well, to answer that question we need to understand why they were needed to begin with. So let’s step back and take a closer look at the IT landscape ten years ago.
Why the Need for Mac Management Competitors?
About ten years ago, Windows systems weren’t the only Microsoft tool to dominate the enterprise. In the early and mid 2000s, many organizations were also using Microsoft solutions for email, productivity applications, file storage, and more. To ease management across all of these IT resources, Microsoft released user and system management tools—Active Directory® and ConfigMgr (also known as SCCM and previously SMS). Both of these tools did a great job, but the trick was that they only supported Windows-centric IT resources.
This wasn’t a problem until the IT landscape started seeing significant transformation, with the rise of macOS just the start. Cloud infrastructure from AWS®, web applications such as Office 365™ and G Suite™, non-Windows file servers, and more began to have a place in many IT environments. Microsoft’s user and system management tools weren’t built to integrate with a mix of providers or cloud resources. Consequently, IT professionals have been on the lookout for new IT management solutions, namely Mac management tools.
Evaluating Players in the Space
Many have come across what we call traditional Mac management competitors. Many of these solutions are built on top of Active Directory, and they help control Macs with on-prem software. When you are evaluating which solution to go with, you have to ask yourself (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/mac-management-competitors/