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Posted by Charles Edge on February 13th, 2015

So you’ve been through our features page and you’ve seen our marketing messages. You’re sold. But you have someone else that needs to approve this whole Bushel thing: the owner of a company who decided to buy Macs, the director of your department who tasked you with locking down your iPads, investors who are funding your initiatives and want to see devices secured. So really, what are the benefits that Bushel provides that these people care about? And how do you describe the total cost of this initiative?

Let’s address the benefits first. The four areas most decision makers care about tend to include the following:

  • You need to quickly setup devices. This includes adding devices to your Bushel account, pushing apps to devices, automatically configuring email accounts and automatically configuring settings on the devices to make them as secure as possible.
  • You need to be able to lock down a Mac, iPad or iPhone if that device gets lost or stolen. When devices fall outside your control we give you the ability to secure them. Remove your data, lock a device or wipe.
  • You need to be able to be able to make a quick report on what devices are floating around out there. This inventory includes warranty status, serial numbers, capacity, model and other information (including IMEI if you’re doing enterprise app distribution). We keep track of all that. And we let you export it to Excel, Xero or Quickbooks so you can quickly report information to your boss.
  • You need to consistently know that your devices have the appropriate apps. You have loaded up devices with apps only to have staff turnover and wiping devices cause you to have to buy a whole new set of apps. We let you smartly manage what apps go to what Apple IDs.

A lot of people make decisions based on cold hard cash. So consider this, if you setup 10 iPads by hand, it’s likely to take about half an hour each to load them up with apps, configure security settings and get your inventory of serial numbers and the such into a spreadsheet. That’s about 5 hours. Bushel costs $2 per month, per device. And after the devices are in the hands of your coworkers, you can remotely control them, saving you tons of time when you decide to start using new apps, move your email to a new mail service, add a new wireless network to the office or one of the other many, many things that our customers do on a monthly basis.

In short, Bushel saves you time, makes you more nimble and gives you oversight over all of your devices. Because as a small business, we love small businesses and want to help see you spend your time building an awesome company, rather than get mired in the monotony of setting up and managing Apple devices.

Posted by Charles Edge on August 14th, 2014

The good folks at Amsys have built a nice little app called Services Test for verifying outbound connectivity to critical services to make iOS devices work.  If you are having problems connecting to these services or activating devices, simply open the App and tap on the play button in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Test port connectivity

Test port connectivity

Click on the Info button to see what each of these servers do during the activation and management process.

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The app can also test a few common server services, including connecting to an OS X Server, Casper and AirWatch. These are typical services used in an iOS and Mac environment.

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Overall, this is a really nice little app for testing connectivity to typical iOS services and a very nice tool Amsys is providing to the community!