Summer 2017 saw M-Tech and trusted Apple partner, DataJAR, onboard 565 iPads at South Hampstead High School to their hosted Jamf solution. Jamf Pro is an Enterprise Management Tool that delivers on the promise of unified endpoint management for Apple devices.
M-Tech’s relationship with the school extends back to January 2016, where the team met with Director of IT, Richard Bailey, at the internationally renowned BETT Show. South Hampstead High School, located in North London, is one of 25 schools that make up the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the leading network of independent girls’ schools in the UK.
While the school were already invested in Apple OSX devices, they were seeking a way to efficiently manage these. In early 2016, M-Tech worked closely with DataJAR and Richard Bailey to plan a solution for the desktop devices.
In May 2016, South Hampstead committed to 73 licences of the datajar.mobi ‘single pane of glass’ solution. The datajar.mobi platform is a customised hosted Jamf solution, built internally by their recognised Apple and Jamf consultants. This enables simple deployment, management and maintenance of Apple devices in a secure and scalable environment.
Rollout to manage over 600 devices on one platform
After successfully running the solution for a year, South Hampstead returned to M-Tech in spring 2017 with a project to add their iOS devices to the datajar.mobi platform. Having 1:1 iPad adoption within the faculty, senior school and upper junior years, this totalled 565 devices. The rollout was scheduled for summer break 2017, ready for the start of the new academic year.
The school IT team are now able to centrally manage their iPad and Mac devices via the same GUI to deliver applications, settings and security on a global scale.
We have been extremely impressed by the solution provided by DataJAR through M-Tech, it has met all of our expectations and has proved an excellent platform on which to manage our Apple estate. The level of service provided by DataJAR has been exceptional and has allowed us to expand our use of Apple devices with staff and students, safe in the knowledge that we have a reliable, secure and fit for purpose infrastructure to support them.
Richard Bailey, Director of IT, South Hampstead High School
If you’re having trouble managing your Apple estate, or are looking to switch provider, have a read of our blog post ‘Looking for a new mobile device management solution?’, or contact us directly to discuss your needs further.