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Apple will discontinue the Fleetsmith Mobile Device Management (MDM) service in October and is warning businesses using the service to find another MDM provider.

Apple and Fleetsmith, a short history

Apple acquired Fleetsmith in June 2020. At the time, it was understood the company wanted to improve what it offered to small business users. “The weakest spot for Apple in business has always been for the small businesses who just want to get started,” Jamf CEO Dean Hager told me soon after Apple Business Essentials was revealed.

When I spoke with Fleetsmith co-founder Zack Blum in 2018, he said:

“Apple’s biggest accomplishment and contribution to enterprise technology has been bringing mobile to the enterprise. Apple has raised the bar in delivering well-designed product experiences, as well as hardware and OS security.”

Replacing Fleetsmith

Many small and mid-sized business (SMB) users might be served by Apple Business Essentials, which leverages some of the technologies Apple took from Fleetsmith. However, for more complex deployments, there’s a rich industry of sophisticated MDM systems.

Thankfully, following more than a decade of steady growth in Apple deployments in the enterprise, Fleetsmith customers seeking an alternative MDM vendor are increasingly spoiled for choice.

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