As Apple states, "The most powerful tools for learning are the ones students love to use." BFA offers full educational IT services encompassing the Macintosh®, iPad®, and Apple TV® platforms.
According to Education Week, "One-to-one student computing was first introduced to K-12 schools in the United States in the late 1990's. In 2002, Maine became the first state to launch a statewide program. The trend has gathered steam. In 2013 and 2014 alone, schools purchased more than 23 million laptops, tablets etc... for use by students and teachers in the classroom."
With programs like Apple School Manager in concert with Mobile Device Management (MDM), Apple hasmade deploying and managing these devices easier than ever. According to Apple, "With Apple School Manager and your mobile device management (MDM) solution, you can automate device setup for both one-to-one and Shared iPad environments. Wirelessly configure settings and restrictions according to your school’s requirements, then easily assign devices to students, teachers, or class groups."
Education Challenge: Your school has made the decision for a 1:1 initiative for Macintosh and is now facing the challenge of mass deployment of all of these systems.
Education Solution: BFA has helped schools to deploy large numbers of Macintosh. Early on, we did this using more traditional monolithic imaging. Today, with your investment in Jamf Pro "device management" software, we can leverage the power of Apple School Manager to allow for over-the-air, "zero touch" deployment
Education Challenge: An past investment in Macintosh brings about the need for regular updating of those devices, including Mac OS and application updates
Education Solution: Allow the experience of BFA in this area to eliminate the worry of planning and resources for this labor intensive re-imaging task. Or, better yet, allow BFA to inform you of the many benefits of Jamf Pro "device management" in combination with Apple School Manager for centralized updating and management, thereby eliminating the need for recurring re-imaging.
Education Challenge: Your school has used Mac OS Server and Open Directory for student directory services in the past. However, these methodologies have changed and you're in need of moving to newer solutions.
Education Solution: BFA has assisted many schools with updating and simplifying their student directory services to take advantage of the latest tools and technologies recommended by Apple.
Education Challenge: Your school has invested in both Macintosh and in device management software, but you don't have - or no longer have - the appropriate, skilled resource to administer and manage those devices.
Education Solution: As a part of our managed services, BFA offers outsourcing of the complete administration of your device managment software and Macs
Mac® for Education: At a Glance
Leverage the power of device management using Jamf Pro and Apple’s® Device Enrollment Program (DEP). Automatically enroll and configure new devices without requiring hands-on from anyone in IT
New applications and updates are required to prepare for a new semester or new school year (If no MDM in place)
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Assistance with Open Directory (on Mac OS server) or Active Directory...or perhaps cloud-based Directory Services
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Allow BFA to serve as the expert administrator of your Jamf Pro device management software so that your IT department can focus on everything else in your infrastructure.
REASONS TO OUTSOURCE :
Education Challenge: Your school has made the decision to invest in iPads, either as a 1:1 initiative or for classroom cart environments. Now it must face the challenge of optimally deploying those devices.
Education Solution: Leveraging the power of Apple School Manager in combination with "device management" software, allow BFA to leverage its experience in large-scale iPad deployments for your school.
Education Challenge: With your school's current investment in iPads, you've discovered that a centralized management solution is needed for controlling, securing, managing and updating those devices and apps.
Education Solution: BFA is an expert in Mobile Device Managment (MDM), having assisted over (60) schools nationwide specifically with iPad device management solutions using Jamf Pro device management software in combination with Apple School Manager.
Education Challenge: Your school has invested in both iPads and "device management" software, but you don't have - or no longer have - the appropriate, skilled resource to administer and manage those devices.
Education Solution: As a part of our managed services, BFA offers complete outsourcing of the administration of your device managment software, keeping your iPads and mobile apps secure and up-to-date
iPad® For Education: At a Glance