By Natalie Bluhm Posted March 14, 2019
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 these questions:
- Out of all of the new digital tools available, is it just Mac systems that have infiltrated your network?
- Are you satisfied with continuing to use an on-prem directory service?
If the answer is yes to both of these questions, any of the Mac management options on the market will work well for you. It’s just a matter of figuring out which one offers the best price for what you need.
If the answer is no to at least one, if not both, of these questions, you should take a look at a next generation cloud identity management solution. Called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®, it is providing cross-platform user and system management with a particular emphasis on Macs.
Mac Management with JumpCloud
Our cloud identity provider offers extensive system management capabilities for Mac, Linux, and Windows. Policy management empowers IT admins to remotely dictate how systems will behave in their environment. From full disk encryption to disabling USB drives to controlling access to system settings, you can ensure devices are used securely in a matter of a few clicks. Additionally, IT professionals can use our Commands function to script tasks that they can execute remotely on an ad hoc basis or on a schedule.
Lastly, cross-platform system management is just part of directory services with JumpCloud. You can also securely connect users to the rest of their IT resources regardless of protocol, provider, platform, and location. This includes applications, file storage, and networks. As a result, modern IT organizations gain centralized control over their environment, which leads to greater security, efficiency, and productivity.
Find Out More
Have more questions related to Mac management competitors? Send us a note, and we’ll work with you to figure out what you need to secure users and Mac systems in your IT environment. If you already think JumpCloud just might do the trick for what you need, sign up for a free account. You’ll be able to explore all of our features, including our system management capabilities, and your first ten users are free forever. If you need help along the way, consider viewing the JumpCloud Tutorial video playlist above, or browse our Knowledge Base.