Does anyone have recommendations on managing multiple iPods / iPads? I am not talking about just a few for a family but rather thousands of them for student use in education. They seem to be a bit of an administrative and security nightmare.
These are some that we're currently investigating/evaluating:
- Apple’s official enterprise doc: http://images.apple.com/ipad/business/docs/iPad_MDM.pdf
- One 3rd Party: http://www.mobileiron.com/iphone/ - Their Demo video: (no price sheet from what I can find, but they do have demo software): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTrQ-fMfJDs&feature=player_embedded
- Another: http://www.air-watch.com/ - Their Pricing: http://www.air-watch.com/docs/awpricing.pdf
- Another: www.zenprise.com/solutions/iphone_management/
My school district Customer recently informed me that Apple is holding some Learning Tour events where one of the tracks, "Managing and Deploying Mobile Devices", will apparently be about "enterprise" deployment and management of iPod and iPad devices.
I don't directly manage the iPad and iPod devices, but the contact at the Customer site who does has already thrown away tens of hours this school year on doing firmware updates and "tweaks" to the devices. To my mind they're clearly not "enterprise ready" yet.