MacTech is a conference for the Mac engineer and developer. And at JAMF Software, whether you prefer the Casper Suite or Bushel, we love to hang out with engineers and developers. So we’ll be at MacTech this week, in Southern California, hanging out to meet you, answer any questions you might have, and maybe have people from product management ask you lots of questions. If you’ll be there, come find us. For more on MacTech, check it out at:
For the second time this month, Apple has released a major new operating system. Today, OS X 10.11 El Capitan became available in the Mac App Store. We are pleased to announce that, even with the significant changes in the operating system, Bushel extends full compatibility to Macs running this latest release. That means that all of your managed Macs within Bushel can be upgraded to OS X 10.11 and new Macs can be enrolled as well. In other words, your users should take advantage of this free software update!
Apple’s latest release adds a number of solid enhancements that businesses will love. New features like Split View for multitasking and an improved Spotlight will allow you to get even more out of your Mac. Notes inherit new functionality that was first introduced with iOS 9 and Mail gains improved full-screen support and swipe gestures. Importantly, El Capitan offers the latest security features and several under the hood improvements to boost performance.
One of the things we love about Apple is how accessible these free updates really are. Most Macs going back to 2007 can run this update. That means your business can do more on all of your existing Macs. Head on over to the Mac App Store to download El Capitan. If you are looking for more information about how to upgrade, Apple has an Upgrade Page just for you.
More and more mobile devices are making their way into the workplace. In response to this influx of technology assets, companies keep track of their hardware in a number of different ways. Some may file purchase receipts while others log serial numbers. Many companies take organization a step further and assign some sort of standardized asset tag to company-owned devices. This makes keeping everything in order much easier. Of course, then the challenge becomes keeping track of this centralized list. For these kinds of chores, every company has a slightly different process.
We’ve got some good news! You can now keep your digital records in sync with your physical hardware. The new Asset Tag field within the Device view of Bushel helps by further simplifying your inventory management. Now you can simply enter your company’s asset tag (or tracking information of your choice) directly into that device record. This asset tag information is even included when you export your full inventory information to csv. Oh the power of simplicity.
Questions about Bushel? Check out our new Bushel Help Center for tips and tricks on the different capabilities found within Bushel.
My dad is a Superman. He makes his daily juggling act look effortless. He plays music, does tons of work around the house and in the garden, he’s always making new artwork, and is pretty much always doing something. He has an incredible green thumb, growing everything from beautiful Southern flowers to pear trees, ivy – and the occasional herb or grape. And these days, he shares it all on Facebook, complete with witty banter and a like for pretty much every one of my posts.
All while having a full time job. And I find that I frequently think of him while we’re building new features into Bushel. You see, he’s got a bunch of computers at work. And people work often ask him questions about how to do things. He does a lot of graphics. And it seems the graphics pros often get tapped as the Apple experts. But he’s not a programmer or information security guy, like I am. So he needs a tool to help him manage all those crazy Apple devices that isn’t written for anyone that ever wants to write a lick of code.
Add in mowing the lawn all summer and taking care of my grandmother (who’s got a new hip), my dad really isn’t going to have time to learn any new stuff this summer. So when we’re building Bushel, we don’t think of a learning curve that’s longer than a few minutes. We think of graphs that quickly tell people where to look for information. We think of making systems as logical as possible. And we think of putting as much work into the product as we can without assuming our users will know much about device management. Because like my dad, our users are smart. But they’re busy. And where we choose to use our time is a critical process we all undergo daily.
So, what are some ways to save time so you, your friends, or your loved ones, can save some time? Here are some of our favorites!
HelloFresh: Get fresh recipes and all the required ingredients delivered to your home, ready to cook.
Homejoy: Get your house cleaned, managed through a web interface, whether you’re home or not!
Audible: Listen to books while on the move, so you can learn more.
IFTT: This one is a bit more technical, but automate all the services you have to talk to each other! Includes home automation, social networks and even work stuff…
Wunderlist: OK, so I guess good communication is a really good way to save time. Which is why a shareable list making app and portal is in this list.
Bushel: And of course, 1 year ($24 per device) of device management via Bushel!