If you’re dead set on iOS as your operating system of choice, go with Jamf.
Before you make that decision, though, ask yourself “Why?” Research from 451 shows that Android is the dominant operating system for dedicated device fleets, and that share is growing. Lower total cost of ownership tells part of the story, but the inside scoop on Android is this: You can build what you want, how you want it. If you’re even a little bit unsure your use case fits in that rigid iPad or iPhone-shaped box, you owe yourself a second opinion. Check out what a custom Android solution with a partner like Esper can do that Apple can’t.
If you’re looking to manage BYOD or employer owned devices, go with Jamf. Jamf is designed to manage these types of devices (spoiler alert, we use Jamf to manage our employee laptops).
A point of sale system is not a smartphone. Nor are digital kiosks, display signage, or inventory and logistics handhelds. Esper knows that just because something might look like a smartphone or tablet does not mean it can be managed and supported like one. These are dedicated devices, and Esper is uniquely architected to deploy, monitor, and update these mission critical systems. Our APIs, SDK, and Foundation OS provide an industry-first end-to-end solution — one built for real fleets at real scale.
"To support team members and customer experiences across our POS, tablets, and other devices, we needed a solution that worked for our next generation enterprise Android apps. Using Esper Foundation for Android (x86), we were able to keep our current hardware including peripherals. Esper was a true partner. Working with them allowed us to move fast, save money, and now we can make strategic decisions about what hardware we want to use."
"Esper helped us launch our Fusion connected fitness offering on three different types of hardware in less than six months. Their full stack connected fitness Android platform helped us test our application on different hardware platforms, configure all our devices over the cloud, and manage our fleet exactly to our specifications. They gave us speed, Android expertise, and trust that our application would provide a delightful experience for our customers."
"Traditional MDMs are only built for employee device use, but we also needed a solution for the devices we’re sending to our customers — for the devices they depend on to operate their businesses every single day. Esper’s Android expertise is a game-changer. Because that expertise is at their core, they can truly provide us with a technology partnership."
Our interface is modern, clean, and designed for human beings. We give you granular control every step of the way, letting you define your fleet’s devices, policies, software, and security to meet your specific needs. Leveraging Esper’s Cloud, APIs, SDK, and our Foundation OS, you can build powerful automations that will have an impact on your fleet from day one. There’s no MDM for that.
Nearly ¾ of organizations think their MDM solution is a problem—it’s too complicated or unfriendly, lacks support for their hardware (e.g. x86), and has a poor user experience.
Traditional mobile device management (MDM) tools like Jamf simply aren’t set up for always-connected, mission critical systems like point of sale, kiosks, and digital signage. They were never meant to deploy, control, or update these systems (let alone do it all remotely!) MDMs carry legacy interfaces and architectural baggage that will invariably slow you down every step of the way. Esper is built to supercharge your fleet strategy – using the power of DevOps.