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This blog was updated on May 22,2017, with the latest information about the Device Enrollment Program from Apple. Join the conversation on Twitter using #iOSinBusiness.

What is the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

The Device Enrollment Program provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac, iOS or tvOS devices. With a mobile device management (MDM) and unified endpoint management solution like VMware AirWatch, IT can:

  • Customize device settings;
  • Activate and supervise devices over the air; and
  • Enable users to setup their own devices out of the box.

[Related: 27 Questions Answered about AirWatch & the Device Enrollment Program from Apple]

What IT challenges does the Device Enrollment Program help address?

The Device Enrollment Program solves several critical requirements for corporate-owned devices. First, organizations save time and money by eliminating high-touch processes for IT. DEP takes configuration time to zero. Deployment of corporate-owned devices with DEP means zero-touch configuration for IT, eliminates staging and automates device configuration.

Second, onboarding iOS or macOS devices is streamlined for users. Based on the settings IT configured, users are prompted through Setup Assistant (skipping through any unnecessary screens). Users only need to authenticate and don&#rsquo;t need to be tech savvy to get the content, apps and email they need on their smartphones.

Finally, supervising iOS devices over the air is possible with the DEP. With supervision, administrators have more control over the device and can disable features like AirDrop, the App Store and account modification. They can also enable features like password protection. Also, the MDM profile cannot be removed, which eliminates the possibility of un-enrollment to protect data and investments in devices and provides the best user experience possible.

What role does AirWatch play in Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program?

To utilize the Device Enrollment Program, MDM capabilities like those part of VMware AirWatch are required. AirWatch integrates with the Device Enrollment Program, enabling organizations to automatically import devices in the console based on order history. Then, administrators can easily configure settings, apply profiles, assign applications and set restrictions that will apply automatically when users unbox devices.

[Related: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 & macOS 10.12.4 Are Live! VMware AirWatch Has Your Mobile Business Covered]

How can I join the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

First, enroll with Apple and register your organization&#rsquo;s information to create an account and designate your administrators. Next, configure your device settings and Setup Assistant steps in the AirWatch console. You then can ship devices directly to your users.

For more information, check out Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program Guide.

What are the device requirements for the Apple Device Enrollment Program?

The devices must be corporate-owned and purchased directly from Apple or through participating Apple Authorized Resellers.*

*The Device Enrollment Program may not be supported by all Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.

Where is the Device Enrollment Program available?

The Device Enrollment Program is available in 34 countries: Australia,Austria,Belgium,Brazil,Canada,Czech Republic,Denmark,Finland,France,Germany, Greece,Hong Kong,Hungary,India,Ireland,Italy,Japan,Luxembourg,Mexico,Netherlands, NewZealand,Norway,Poland,Portugal,Singapore,South Africa,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom andUnitedStates.

What’s available for education with the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

Both Apple and AirWatch give special consideration to unique education use cases. With Apple School Manager (ASM), Apple has delivered a central place for account creation, role definitions and content purchases. To support ASM, AirWatch designed a console section for education to setup mobile deployments and streamline management of teachers, students, classes, apps and more—whether you have a 1:1 or shared device deployment. After importing data from Apple School Manager, use AirWatch to:

  • Match devices with students or classes;
  • Assign applications (to users or devices); and
  • Configure the new Classroom application, allowing teachers to guide learning on iPads.

Students quickly choose the device with their photo displayed once their teacher has started the class.

Visit apple.com/business/dep/ and apple.com/education/it/ to learn more about the Device Enrollment Program.

 

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7 Questions Answered about AirWatch & the Device Enrollment Program from Apple

This blog was updated on May 22,2017, with the latest information about the Device Enrollment Program from Apple. Join the conversation on Twitter using #iOSinBusiness.

What is the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

The Device Enrollment Program provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac, iOS or tvOS devices. With a mobile device management (MDM) and unified endpoint management solution like VMware AirWatch, IT can:

  • Customize device settings;
  • Activate and supervise devices over the air; and
  • Enable users to setup their own devices out of the box.

[Related: 27 Questions Answered about AirWatch & the Device Enrollment Program from Apple]

What business challenge does the Device Enrollment Program help address?

The Device Enrollment Program solves several critical requirements for corporate-owned devices. First, organizations save time and money by eliminating high-touch processes for IT. DEP takes configuration time to zero. Deployment of corporate-owned devices with DEP means zero-touch configuration for IT, eliminates staging and automates device configuration.

Second, onboarding iOS or macOS devices is streamlined for users. Based on the settings IT configured, users are prompted through Setup Assistant (skipping through any unnecessary screens). Users only need to authenticate and don&#rsquo;t need to be tech savvy to get the content, apps and email they need on their smartphones.

Finally, supervising iOS devices over the air is possible with the DEP. With supervision, administrators have more control over the device and can disable features like AirDrop, the App Store and account modification. Also, the MDM profile cannot be removed, which eliminates the possibility of un-enrollment to protect data and investments in devices.

What role does AirWatch play in Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program?

To utilize the Device Enrollment Program, MDM capabilities like those part of VMware AirWatch are required. AirWatch integrates with the Device Enrollment Program, enabling organizations to automatically import devices in the console based on order history. Then, administrators can easily configure settings, apply profiles, assign applications and set restrictions that will apply automatically when users unbox devices.

[Related: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 & macOS 10.12.4 Are Live! VMware AirWatch Has Your Mobile Business Covered]

How can I join the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

First, enroll with Apple and register your organization&#rsquo;s information to create an account and designate your administrators. Next, configure your device settings and Setup Assistant steps in the AirWatch console. You then can ship devices directly to your users.

For more information, check out Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program Guide.

What are the device requirements for the Apple Device Enrollment Program?

The devices must be corporate-owned and purchased directly from Apple or through participating Apple Authorized Resellers.*

*The Device Enrollment Program may not be supported by all Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.

Where is the Device Enrollment Program available?

The Device Enrollment Program is available in 34 countries: Australia,Austria,Belgium,Brazil,Canada,Czech Republic,Denmark,Finland,France,Germany, Greece,Hong Kong,Hungary,India,Ireland,Italy,Japan,Luxembourg,Mexico,Netherlands, NewZealand,Norway,Poland,Portugal,Singapore,South Africa,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom andUnitedStates.

What’s available for education with the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

Both Apple and AirWatch give special consideration to unique education use cases. With Apple School Manager (ASM), Apple has delivered a central place for account creation, role definitions and content purchases. To support ASM, AirWatch designed a console section for education to setup mobile deployments and streamline management of teachers, students, classes, apps and more—whether you have a 1:1 or shared device deployment. After importing data from Apple School Manager, use AirWatch to:

  • Match devices with students or classes;
  • Assign applications (to users or devices); and
  • Configure the new Classroom application, allowing teachers to guide learning on iPads.

Students quickly choose the device with their photo displayed once their teacher has started the class.

Visit apple.com/business/dep/ and apple.com/education/it/ to learn more about the Device Enrollment Program.

 

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IT Empire Strikes Back, New iPad Pro Rumors & the App-teligent Digital Workspace

The IT empire strikes back. Shadow IT strikes again, but this time IT can do something to stop the rebel forces of consumerization. Skycure&#rsquo;s Brian Duckering talks about how the combination of mobile threat defense and unified endpoint management can result in the ceasefire we&#rsquo;ve all been waiting for. See his take on this ages-old […]]> The IT empire strikes back.

Shadow IT strikes again, but this time IT can do something to stop the rebel forces of consumerization. Skycure&#rsquo;s Brian Duckering talks about how the combination of mobile threat defense and unified endpoint management can result in the ceasefire we&#rsquo;ve all been waiting for. See his take on this ages-old battle of wills here.

The Apple rumor mill keeps on milling.

Today, MacRumors dove into the latest Apple rumblings with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro rumors. Could it be real? According to the report, there&#rsquo;s a &#rsquo;greater than 70% chance.&#rdquo; Dive into the rumor mill here.

Your lack of app-telligence astounds me.

VMware announced some BIG news on the enterprise app front. With the acquisition of Apteligent, SVP Sumit Dhawan says VMware&#rsquo;s digital workspace platform can:

&#rsquo;Help development teams prioritize issues and address app performance challenges faster, improving application uptime and user experience, reducing churn rate and facilitating better collaboration.&#rdquo;

Dive into the details here.

You go, Google.

With its new mobile operating system (OS), Android Go, smartphones might just become the globally ubiquitous devices we&#rsquo;ve always been promised. Engadget speculates: &#rsquo;Soon enough you won&#rsquo;t be able to use high prices as an excuse to avoid smartphones.&#rdquo; Taking it further in this article, tech expert Chris Velazco says Android Go will help Google go even further on its quest to dominate underserved and developing countries. Read more here.

Android phone home.

&#rsquo;The latest Windows 10 preview release adds notifications for incoming calls to Android phones, but Microsoft apologizes that not all testers will get access to the smart videoediting tool, Story Remix.&#rdquo; —Liam Tung, ZDNet

Get more highlights of the Windows 10 updated preview builds here.

Office 365 provisioning made easy.

This week, VMware AirWatch released its new how-to guide for provisioning Office 2016 on macOS devices. The easy-to-follow steps and screenshots help you leverage custom settings XML, custom attributes, files, actions and products. Get the free whitepaper here.

Coming to a city or laptop near you.

  • Citrix Synergy next week in Orlando. Come visit VMware&#rsquo;s booth 309.
  • VMware SociaLabs, Introduction to Mobile Device Management (MDM) with AirWatch May 23 (San Diego), June 6 (Reston) & June 20 (Halifax)
  • Boston Summer VMUG UserCon, June 1
  • Unlocking Mobility with Derived Credentials & AirWatch, June 23 online
  • VMworld 2017, Aug. 27–31 in Vegas

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Securing Enterprise Mobility after Shadow IT Strikes

By Brian Duckering, Marketing and Strategy Executive, Skycure For years now, your IT and security admins debated proper methods, tools and policies to mobilize your enterprise. While these official discussions dragged on, your users unofficially started using their mobile devices (#ShadowIT) for everything from email to managing and editing highly confidential documents and communications. They&#rsquo;re […]]> By Brian Duckering, Marketing and Strategy Executive, Skycure

For years now, your IT and security admins debated proper methods, tools and policies to mobilize your enterprise. While these official discussions dragged on, your users unofficially started using their mobile devices (#ShadowIT) for everything from email to managing and editing highly confidential documents and communications.

They&#rsquo;re not doing this to spite you or your company. They&#rsquo;re doing it because it fuels their productivity. Believe it or not, users break the rules to be more productive!

Though users&#rsquo; motivations are in the right place, it still puts IT in a precarious situation. Your enterprise has already mobilized itself. So how do you make sure that all of those devices are properly managed and secured (to protect both your end users and, perhaps more importantly, all the sensitive systems and data they access)?

And, let&#rsquo;s be honest, the clock is ticking. You need an effective mobile strategy to prevent a mobile breach that could cost your company a lot of money (and bad press).

Different Problem, Different Solution

One big challenge, though, is that mobile security requires a different solution than desktop or network security. Traditional systems that handle patch and identity management, anti-virus, firewalls, encryption, etc., simply don&#rsquo;t translate into an effective mobile security strategy.

Traditional anti-virus solutions, for example, won&#rsquo;t do anything to stop (let alone mitigate) ransomware that&#rsquo;s infected a user&#rsquo;s mobile device. Traditional firewalls won&#rsquo;t do anything to stop users from connecting to insecure or malicious Wi-Fi networks. And traditional encryption won&#rsquo;t keep users&#rsquo; documents safe if they lose their mobile device and haven&#rsquo;t set up a passcode.

The bad news is you can&#rsquo;t solve these mobile security challenges with traditional systems. The good news is you can solve them by integrating enterprise mobile management (EMM) and mobile threat defense (MTD).

[Read more: New Whitepaper! How to Select, Implement & Succeed with Mobile Threat Defense]

MTD + EMM

EMM solutions, like VMware AirWatch, handle onboarding, reporting and policy management (and enforcement). MTD solutions, like Skycure, handle the real-time, proactive prevention and mitigation of security threats (and report them back to the EMM solution, too). Skycure further simplifies the management and maintenance of the solution by relying on a public app that adheres to all of Apple&#rsquo;s and Google&#rsquo;s best practices and updates automatically, with no extra steps required by IT.

The integration of these two solutions is critical because it provides the 360 degrees of protection that end users (and your company) need. Recall why users started self-mobilizing in the first place: Productivity. What is the enemy of productivity? Interruption.

Thankfully, properly integrating EMM and MTD solutions means users can be productive with their mobile devices without the interruption of malware, malicious networks or device vulnerabilities. It also means IT can be productive without the interruptions of compromised mobile devices.

With an integrated EMM and MTD solution in place, you can automatically prevent ransomware installations, block connections to malicious networks and remotely wipe mobile devices if they are lost or stolen. These are just a few examples of the automated mitigation that a strong, seamless mobile security deployment provides.

[Watch: Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) Secures Mobile Devices with VMware AirWatch & Skycure]

Learn More

In today&#rsquo;s mobile age, it is no question that end users work on their mobile devices with or without the official support of IT. IT&#rsquo;s job now is to deploy a mobile security strategy that empowers them to perform seamless onboarding, policy enforcement and management, real-time threat prevention and mitigation and reporting. Thankfully for IT, the tools for a successful mobile security strategy are already available via EMM and MTD.

You can find more information on EMM from AirWatch and more information on MTD at the Skycure website.

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What Happens at Dell EMC World—Gets Shared in Top Mobile News!

VMware, Dell and you. Minimize user downtime. Reduce admin overhead. Align with compliance and IT security policies. That&#rsquo;s how you win with our big Dell EMC World announcement: The integration of VMware AirWatch and Dell Client Command systems management tools. Get all the details here on the evolution of our unified endpoint management (UEM) solution. […]]> VMware, Dell and you.

Minimize user downtime. Reduce admin overhead. Align with compliance and IT security policies.

That&#rsquo;s how you win with our big Dell EMC World announcement: The integration of VMware AirWatch and Dell Client Command systems management tools. Get all the details here on the evolution of our unified endpoint management (UEM) solution.

Windows 10 expert Aditya Kunduri talks about complete Dell PC management with AirWatch at Dell EMC World.

Use Oracle? Read this!

Through one platform, with access to advanced security features, you can now manage and secure hundreds of Oracle enterprise apps—and custom apps built on Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (OMCS). Our partnership with Oracle lends the simplicity and security of AirWatch and VMware Workspace ONE to one of the most common enterprise app names in the Apple App Store.

Enterprise IoT becomes reality.

We also announced a new way to get Internet of Things (IoT) projects off the ground. VMware Pulse IoT Center is designed to be the &#rsquo;nervous system for enterprise IoT,&#rdquo; said PCWorld, with AirWatch to manage devices and VMware vRealize Operations to monitor infrastructure.

IoT devices must be connected, secured and managed, said VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger on stage at Dell EMC World.

Quote of the Week

&#rsquo;In a couple years, you&#rsquo;re going to be talking to your refrigerator. You&#rsquo;re going to look crazy talking to it, but you are going to be talking to your refrigerator, your Alexa, your TV and so on … Enterprises have to be consumer-like … You and I are going to come and talk to things at work and expect it to talk back.&#rdquo;
—Bask Iyer, CIO of VMware and Dell, with theCUBE at Dell EMC World 2017

We&#rsquo;re putting Google to work.

Deploying and managing Android devices? See how much faster you can do it all with VMware AirWatch 9.1 in these five Android management GIFS.

Plus, with AirWatch 9.1, you can choose from new enrollment workflows for Android enterprise devices. Here&#rsquo;s your guide to Android enterprise enrollment.

Can Android do that?

Can you set up Android work managed devices without ever touching them? What about Windows 10—can you remotely wipe Windows 10 laptops?

These are some of the top questions IT pros asked during our AirWatch 9.1 webinar. Find out the answers here.

2 more reasons to update Windows 10:

1) Microsoft ended support this week for the very first version of Windows 10 (1507).

2) The next major update enables you to seamlessly switch from PC to smartphone. With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced this week at Microsoft Build 2017, you&#rsquo;ll be able to pick up where you left off on Windows, iOS and Android devices and copy from a PC and paste to a mobile device.

Get schooled:

  • Midwest Management Summit (MMS), May 15–18at Mall of America
  • VMware SociaLabs, Introduction to Mobile Device Management (MDM) with AirWatch May 23 (San Diego), June 6 (Reston) & June 20 (Halifax)
  • Boston Summer VMUG UserCon, June 1
  • Unlocking Mobility with Derived Credentials & AirWatch, June 23 online
  • VMworld 2017, Aug. 27–31 in Vegas

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Dell & VMware Extend PC Management to the Firmware

Greetings from #DellEMCWorld in Las Vegas, where all of the Dell Technologies brands have come together on one stage. These are not only exciting times for us, but also for our mutual customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. Customers are now seeing the collective strength of the Dell Technologies portfolio come to market—and see […]]> Greetings from #DellEMCWorld in Las Vegas, where all of the Dell Technologies brands have come together on one stage. These are not only exciting times for us, but also for our mutual customers embarking on their digital transformation journey. Customers are now seeing the collective strength of the Dell Technologies portfolio come to market—and see how possibilities are turned to reality.

In today&#rsquo;s keynote, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger spoke about the constantly expanding partnership between VMware and Dell. One such example is the integration of our industry-leading solutions VMware AirWatch and Dell Client Command systems management tools. AirWatch is a key component of VMware Workspace ONE, an industry leading platform that enables our IT customers to empower their workforce to securely bring the technology of their choice (devices and apps) at the pace and cost the business needs.

The integration extends AirWatch management and remediation capabilities to the system firmware or BIOS. This is another significant proof point of AirWatch&#rsquo;s evolution from enterprise mobility management (EMM) to a unified endpoint management (UEM) solution that goes beyond managing mobile devices to comprehensive Windows 10 and desktop management. At VMware, we see this as just the beginning of a long-term strategy to integrate our digital workspace solutions with Dell devices.

Extending PC Management to the BIOS

Windows devices have many system attributes that IT admins may want to monitor and manage. Typical client management tools allow admins to take actions in the operating system (OS), but fail to extend management capabilities to a lower firmware level. AirWatch integration with Dell Client Command creates an extensible platform that now allows IT admins to:

  • Query and retrieve key system attributes;
  • Configure critical BIOS settings; and
  • Take remediation actions.

All this from the same AirWatch admin console used for managing all the Windows OS policies, apps and other endpoints in your organization. Customers can take advantage of this unique integration as part of the AirWatch 9.1 console release and enable several IT use cases and benefits that improve user uptime, reduce costs and improve security. Let&#rsquo;s examine some of these use cases and benefits:

Proactive Device Management: Minimize User Downtime & Ensure Business Continuity

IT admins can now query and report key system attributes—including device service tag information, current BIOS version and battery health status—for their Dell hardware. This enables admins to create policies that proactively manage Dell devices, minimizing user downtown and ensuring business continuity. Here are two examples:

1. Admins can create custom notifications based on BIOS reporting of the battery health and the recommended threshold for replacement. This allows them to proactively ship replacement batteries to the users before a failure happens and thus avoid any downtime.

2. Admins can quickly report on the BIOS versions across their deployment and immediately locate devices that need attention based on the associated service tag. Implementing the most current BIOS version is critical not just from a usability and security standpoint, but this may also influence the overall life of the device.

BIOS Security & Remediation: Improve Alignment with Compliance & IT Security Policies

The BIOS security features in the AirWatch console enable IT admins to remotely configure BIOS passwords, enable use of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and take remediation actions on non-compliant devices. This ensures a stronger alignment with the recommended IT security and compliance policies within the organization. Here are two examples:

1. For many organizations, the BIOS passwords are typically difficult to change with the requirement to physically touch the device to make any updates. With the integration, admins can now remotely manage BIOS passwords. You can set different passwords based on custom smartgroup assignments, instantly change passwords in case they are leaked or compromised and even revoke passwords when the device is un-enrolled or an employee leaves the organization.

2. Most enterprise-grade Dell PCs now carry a TPM, which is a tamper-resistant physical chip that ensures overall system integrity. TPM helps encrypt passwords by generating and storing digital certificates and authentication and encryption keys. Thus, the TPM forms a critical element for Windows 10 security and is recommended for a variety of OS security features. These include Windows Hello, BitLocker encryption, Health Attestation and the virtualization-based security features new to the OS (e.g. Secure Boot, Device Guard, Credential Guard and others). With the integration, IT admins can now remotely enable and configure the use of TPM for the organization.

Zero-Touch System Configuration Over-the-Air: Simplify IT Tasks & Reduces Admin Overhead

Traditional BIOS management approaches were high touch, requiring IT admins to access physical machines to change configuration settings. AirWatch, however, adopts a cloud-first management model that enables instant push-based endpoint and app configuration. With Dell Client Command integration, the same over-the-air management approach is now extended for BIOS security and CPU virtualization settings, without admins needing to physically touch the machines. For example, admins can now remotely enable and provide automated support for CPU virtualization features that are required for deployment of VMware desktop products or Hyper-V.

Don&#rsquo;t Forget…

At Dell EMC World this year, we are only beginning to see solutions come to market as a direct result of the VMware and Dell partnership. As we continue this journey for the benefit of our mutual customers, expect to see new solutions that are a true testament of this &#rsquo;better together&#rdquo; partnership. Make sure to tag along as we head into VMworld 2017 for even more exciting innovations.

Will you be atMMS 2017?

We would love to see you. Stop by the VMware booth, and joinJason Roszak, director of product management at VMware, for a demo! Learn how to efficiently deploy, manage and secure Windows 10 endpoints across all networks and use cases Tuesday, May 16, 8–9:45 a.m. in Nokomis, BC.Register here.

Because you liked this post:

  • Decoding Windows 10 S & How to Make It a Success in Your Organization
  • What&#rsquo;s New for Windows 10 Management with VMware AirWatch 9.1
  • Windows 10 Enrollment Made Simple

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Bring Android to Work with the Latest Enhancements

We&#rsquo;ve received lots of feedback since VMware AirWatch announced support for Android in the enterprise (formerly called Android for Work) in early 2015. Administrators love the ability to standardize management across any Android device. End users love the separation between work and personal apps. We wanted to address what early adopters reported so every customer […]]> We&#rsquo;ve received lots of feedback since VMware AirWatch announced support for Android in the enterprise (formerly called Android for Work) in early 2015. Administrators love the ability to standardize management across any Android device. End users love the separation between work and personal apps.

We wanted to address what early adopters reported so every customer can have the best experience available for an Android device in the enterprise. To achieve this, we worked closely with Google to implement new features for work profile and work managed device solutions.

With the latest capabilities of our last few monthly releases, including AirWatch 9.1, it has never been easier to deploy Android in your organization.

Increase Mobile Adoption & Simplify Device Onboarding

Set up in less time than it takes to make coffee!

It has never been easier to set up AirWatch to deploy Android. AirWatch does all the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. All you need is a Gmail account to act as the administrator and a minute of your time to integrate AirWatch with Android.

The end-user onboarding experience is also simplified. Users authenticate just once to create the work profile. Then, they have access to all the apps and policies they need to get the job done.

Deploying work managed devices? Take advantage of the latest ways to provision them.

Do you need complete management over devices? Do your devices not support near-field communication (NFC)? AirWatch now supports two additional methods of enrollment for work managed devices.

For devices running Android 6.0+, just have your end user type in afw#airwatch when prompted to enter a Google account during device setup. The AirWatch Agent will then download and launch, prompting your end users to authenticate by entering their email address, username and password. By making onboarding part of the device setup wizard, end users or IT can easily onboard work managed devices.

For devices running Android 7.0+, tap the welcome screen six times during device setup. This enables users to scan a QR code that: a) downloads the AirWatch Agent and b) configures the Agent to automatically onboard the device into AirWatch.


Give Users Secure & Simple Access to Work Apps

Simplify app management with Google Play integration.

You can now search and approve apps on Google Play from the AirWatch Console—eliminating the need to navigate to two different places. Your end users will now be able to use Google Play on their device to access their work applications, providing a familiar experience.

Create passcode policies for any app on the Play Store (no SDKs needed!).

It is now possible to set up a separate passcode for work apps—further separating work from personal on the device. This is ideal in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenarios where you may not want to enforce a complex device passcode (but still want security as a top priority). Your end users don&#rsquo;t have to enter a complicated password when they want to unlock the device to use their personal Twitter, but will be asked to do so when they launch a work app.

Learn more about our Android management solution here.

Read more about Android in the enterprise:

  • AirWatch Android Enterprise Enhancements
  • Android Nougat Comes to the Enterprise
  • Enterprise App Best Practices for Android Available Today

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Apple Takes the Wearables Lead, Decoding Win10 S, Internet 4.0 & More Top Mobile News

Sorry, Fitbit, there&#rsquo;s a new sheriff in town. With nearly 60% growth in shipments in Q1 this year, Apple Watch officially became the king of the consumer wearables castle, according to CNBC. Fitbit, which was the long-time market leader, dropped to second after a 35% decline in Q1. Get the mobile news in your inbox […]]> Sorry, Fitbit, there&#rsquo;s a new sheriff in town.

With nearly 60% growth in shipments in Q1 this year, Apple Watch officially became the king of the consumer wearables castle, according to CNBC. Fitbit, which was the long-time market leader, dropped to second after a 35% decline in Q1.

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This is not the password you&#rsquo;re looking for.

A little post-Star Wars Day reference to lighten what is a painful, soul-sucking experience for mobile workers everywhere. You know it. We know it. Juggling passwords and jumping through log-in hoops is a pain. Thankfully, the force is with us.

A new survey revealed the top 10 identity and access management challenges for IT—and a new way forward for easier and more secure access from anywhere.

Get the free eBook here.

S is for security.

Microsoft introduced a new cloud-based version of Windows 10 this week: Windows 10 S.

VMware&#rsquo;s Aditya Kunduri breaks down the new operating system (OS):

&#rsquo;At its core, the &#rsquo;S&#rdquo; stands for simplicity and security, and fully embraces the modern,mobile-cloudarchitecture and management model.&#rdquo;

Get the lowdown on the new features, capabilities and how it impacts your endpoint management strategy here.

IoT to the rescue.

Lovingly called Internet 4.0 by the guys in the know, the Internet of Things (IoT) is more than just things. This new movement in our technology evolution has the potential to change the way we do everything.

Dive into a microcosm of the vast Internet 4.0 world with a sneak peek into how it impacts supply chains. Because, hey, if I can get my Prime delivery of soap, ketchup and socks even faster, I&#rsquo;m in.

Take it to the next level.

Of network security, that is. VMware AirWatch senior solutions architect Shardul Navare answers those questions we&#rsquo;ve all been asking:

  • What actually does micro-segmentation mean?
  • What tech do I need to make our mobile deployment secure from device to data center?
  • How does VMware NSX work with AirWatch?

Dive in here.

Coming Up Next:

  • Dell EMC World, booth 1143, May 8–11 in Vegas
  • Citrix Synergy, booth 309, May 23-25 in Orlando
  • VMware SociaLabs, May 23 (San Diego), June 6 (Reston) & June 20 (Halifax)
  • Boston Summer VMUG UserCon, June 1
  • Unlocking Mobility with Derived Credentials & VMware AirWatch, June 23 online
  • VMworld 2017, Aug. 27–31 in Vegas

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3 Ways Industry 4.0 & Wearables Revolutionize Supply Chains Today

At ProMat 2017, the largest material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference in North and South America, &#rsquo;Industry 4.0&#rdquo; was THE hot topic. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how will it revolutionize supply chains? According to Markus Lorenz, partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, Industry 4.0 or the fourth […]]> At ProMat 2017, the largest material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference in North and South America, &#rsquo;Industry 4.0&#rdquo; was THE hot topic. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how will it revolutionize supply chains?

According to Markus Lorenz, partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution is the &#rsquo;current trend toward greater interconnectivity between automated equipment through data exchange to support intelligent, autonomous decision-making.&#rdquo;1 These smart autonomous machines will eliminate waste in the supply chain by enabling more streamlined processes that create higher-quality goods at a fraction of the cost. Within the Industry 4.0 framework, augmented reality (AR) and wearable endpoints—such as ring-style scanners and smart glasses—have proven particularly valuable.

Salesforce predicts enterprise wearables usage will more than triple over the next two years.

Here are three ways in which Industry 4.0 and wearables revolutionize supply chains:

1. Productivity

Warehouses can drastically reduce picking errors and search time by equipping workers with smartwatches for hands-free access to context-sensitive information or smart glasses. These Internet of Things (IoT) devices not only scan materials, but also find them faster with digital navigation. Wearables can also improve worker safety by eliminating the need for workers to hold a handheld barcode scanner while handling materials in a potentially hazardous work environment. Workers can also access in-context help videos and best-practice content and even stream their point-of-view to an expert for assistance. AR-enabled remote support delivers tremendous value by enabling video collaboration between technicians in the field and subject experts in remote locations. Such collaboration not only ensures the work is done right, but is also more cost effective.

2. Problem Tracking

Plant managers and manufacturers face lots of issues the plant floor every day. Machine issues, blockages in flows, prioritization of processes and tracking malfunctions. With wearables, managers can access important information and get the most up-to-date data on the work completed. Information can be relayed back to tracking systems using attributes or via your applications deployed on these devices. Management then proactively sends maintenance to fix the issue, reducing downtime and maintaining productivity and efficiency.While technicians fix the machine or parts, management can change work schedules, move jobs or start a new production line.

3. Customer Satisfaction

Real-time data capture and inventory awareness has a monumental impact on operational efficiency, as well as a direct impact on customer satisfaction. Consider how logistics companies, like FedEx, boost customer satisfaction with real-time shipment tracking and alerts. With real-time data capture, problems that could delay a customer&#rsquo;s shipment across the supply chain can be caught and resolved immediately.

Billions of new connected endpoints will radically transform supply chain logistics for the better. However, as the number of internet-connected devices grows, so do potential management challenges. Today&#rsquo;s IoT endpoints need to connect using standard protocols that allow for unified endpoint management (UEM), analytics and security. To successfully deliver this context-sensitive information at the right time and place, each endpoint must easily integrate with existing security investments and enterprise systems, such as ERP, CRM and work order management systems. A UEM approach is essential, particularly for wearable devices that require low-touch enrollment and configuration.

UEM also allows for scalability. Pilots may only involve a small number of devices, but as businesses grow and initiatives change, deployments must easily scale to support a growing and diverse fleet.

Over the next decade, digital technologies within the Industry 4.0 framework will completely transform the supply chain. To make enterprise-ready Industry 4.0 a reality, organizations must invest in a comprehensive UEM solution, such as VMware AirWatch, to increase visibility and security, simplify management and improve operational efficiency through combined tools and processes.

Today&#rsquo;s innovators and early adopters already use AR, wearables, smart sensors, beacons and other connected things (even drones!) to reimagine workflows, transform customer interactions and build new innovations. In the comments below, let us know how your organization leverages these technologies.

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