Why You Should Be Using Apple Business Manager
INTRODUCTION TO APPLE BUSINESS MANAGER
Apple Business Manager is a cloud portal (https://business.apple.com/) that allows businesses to manage the Device Enrollment Program (DEP), Volume Purchase Program (VPP), Apple IDs, and content from a central management point.
5 REASONS TO START USING APPLE BUSINESS MANAGER
1. DELEGATION AND ROLES (RBAC)
Companies can now assign and edit role permissions using Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) to different administrators. Administrators can also create more administrators that only have authority over certain locations. Locations are created by adding a physical street address, but companies may wish to use them to help manage subsidiaries. For instance, a location could be created for a company that was just acquired, and a role could be assigned to an admin that only allows them to control VPP and DEP functionality for that subsidiary.
2. APPS AND BOOKS (VPP)
Businesses can now create new VPP tokens (by adding Locations) and delegate admins to manage app licenses through the ABM portal. Content such as books can also be pre-purchased and distributed. When a new location is created, a new VPP Token is automatically created, and apps or books can be purchased and associated with a Location using ABM. An additional benefit is that app licenses can now be transferred between Locations.
One note of caution: if your company had multiple VPP tokens in use before the update to ABM, you may want to continue managing them through the traditional VPP portal. As Apple consolidates VPP tokens associated with Apple ID’s in your domain, eventually all existing sTokens should be managable directly through ABM.
3. DEFAULT DEP SERVERS FOR DEVICE TYPES
One important new feature is the ability to select a default DEP enrollment server based on the type of Apple device. Choices include Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac. This feature will be especially welcome to admins using different UEM platforms to manage macOS and iOS devices for example.
4. MANAGED APPLE ID’S
With Apple Business Manager, the enterprise can now manage Apple IDs for employees that need administrative access to Apple Business Manager. The accounts are for ABM portal use only, and can’t be used for services like iCloud, the App Store, iTunes, or Apple Music. If you’d like to learn more, Apple has created an extensive article on how Managed Apple IDs can be used with ABM here.
5. STORE CREDIT LETS YOU PRE-PURCHASE APPS WITH A PO
In the past, it was sometimes challenging for companies to purchase paid VPP apps for distribution due to a credit card requirement. Now companies can purchase app and book credit the way they are used to doing, with a Purchase Order (PO). The credits purchased through a PO can subsequently be added to the ABM portal. For more information on how to purchase credits from Apple or an approved reseller, you can check out this article from Apple.
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Original post from MobileIron blog [https://www.mobileiron.com/en/blog/5-reasons-you-should-begin-using-apple-business-manager-today]
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