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Posted by Michael Devins on January 16th, 2015

Apple technology continues to flood the workplace and Apple management solutions are more relevant today than ever before. And it isn’t just traditional, large organizations that are using Mac, iPhone and iPad at work anymore. That’s why we created Bushel. Bushel is Mobile Device Management, simplified for smaller environments. We set out to help these small and medium-sized businesses by building a simple, cloud-based mobile device management solution from the ground up. We’re not trying to be everything to everyone. Instead, we’re focused on being awesome for smaller types of environments!

We are a part of a larger company – JAMF Software. And the fact that JAMF already makes another extremely awesome and fully featured device management tool leads to some great questions around how Bushel stacks up against a full-featured Apple management tool like the Casper Suite. Let’s take a look!

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Bushel delivers a key set of MDM features to small and medium-sized workgroups. The Casper suite delivers all of these same features, but it does so much more as well!

Bushel Features:

•Integrate with DEP, VPP
•Inventory
•Security policies (passcode, managed open-in)
•Email server settings
•Remote Actions (reset passcode, lock, wipe, etc.)
•Filevault Key Escrow
•Activation Lock Bypass
•Different settings and apps for different devices with Blueprints

Casper Suite Features :

•Integrate with DEP, VPP
•Inventory
•Customizable Security polices (passcode, managed open-in)
•Email server settings
•Remote Actions (reset passcode, lock, wipe, etc.)
•Jumpstart
•Training
•Self Service
•User Accounts & Groups
•Filevault Key Escrow
•Activation Lock Bypass
•VPP Codes
•License Tracking
•Packages
•Imaging
•Scripting
•iBeacons

“If Apple IT is your job, you want a tool like the Casper Suite. If Apple IT is a task, Bushel is a workflow that let’s you get back to your primary work.”

If you’re interested in seeing what a simple yet powerful MDM solution looks like, signup for a free Bushel account today! And if you need a bit more than Bushel offers, you can explore the capabilities of the Casper Suite!

Posted by Charles Edge on October 16th, 2014

Many a small office doesn’t consider centrally managing devices at first. Maybe you started off with just a couple people, each with a device. As you grew, maybe you wrote down the steps you took to setup computers, iPads and iPhones. Maybe you just give people devices and let them spend their first few days getting their mobile devices and computers setup to their liking.

Small Offices and Bushel

Most small offices don’t want to restrict the use of devices much. Many larger environments do. Maybe you want your staff to use a passcode, but don’t mind if they can access iCloud. Maybe you want to get their mail, shared contacts and calendars setup for them really quickly. Maybe you’d even like to send a few apps to their devices, rather than running out to Target to buy a gift card or having their first expense report be $10 worth of apps. All of this means a little centralized management, but not too much. But don’t be frightened off by the thought. There are tools out there, such as Bushel, that make it a snap to manage devices centrally and don’t limit your staff from doing their jobs or make them hate you in the process!

Small offices using Bushel

Small offices using Bushel

What’s great is that you can ship your staff a device directly from Apple, have them open the original Apple packaging, smell that new device smell and get to being productive almost immediately. This means that if you’ve got people spread all over the place, people can get working quickly.  And if they lose the device, you can just wipe it remotely and ship them a new one (reserving the caning for the next time you see them in person).

You don’t need any servers, it’s all hosted by us. When you go to signup for a Bushel account, you’ll enter a few basic pieces of information like your name, email address (you should use your work address here) and your company name. Once your Bushel is setup, you can optionally add integration to Apple’s Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) and/or Device Enrollment Program (DEP) in a few minutes or less. Then, visit the site with devices using one of our easy ways to add your Apple devices, and viola, you’re centrally managing a bunch of devices.

Small offices don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a server. Small offices won’t even need to hire consultants to set it up. Once your Bushel account is setup, we make it easy to manage. When you buy apps or devices, they automagically appear in your Bushel. This gives piece of mind that your devices are well protected and saving you from loosing dozens of hours getting new devices setup to your unique needs. Bushel was made for the small business. So try it out today. First three devices are free!

Posted by Charles Edge on October 5th, 2014

The Apple Consultants Network (ACN) is a great place to find help with Apple devices. Consultants in the network have a wide range of skills, with some focusing on home users, others on small offices, many on enterprises and education and then a number of other industries within those, including focuses on retail, point of sale, CRM, etc.

Apple Consultants Network

Apple Consultants Network

Many on the Bushel team are former members of the ACN and so we built Bushel in such a way that when you’re sitting with a client, you can set them up with a Bushel account quickly and deploy mail settings, security settings and apps to users quickly, giving your way more time to help your customers get super-productive with these awesome devices. Maybe you want to spend that time training them on how to best make use of their devices, or maybe you want to spend that time helping them pick that perfect suite of apps that will help them use these devices like a boss. Either way, we built this tool so the customer can mange their devices when you leave and let you focus on higher level, more valuable initiatives.

And because the Apple management space is changing so quickly, we’ve built a number of articles to help you with the ecosystem surrounding these devices. Now you can email a quick link to a client or bookmark it and get tasks (including those that aren’t part of our tool) done quickly and efficiently.

And if you’re after a quick list of all the devices to import into your ticketing system, we also built a couple links on the Devices page to export information about devices into a quick and easy csv. You can then import our csv into whatever ticketing system you’d like.

We hope you enjoy and it helps you as much as the ACN has helped us over the years!