Why Unmanaged Mac Computers Can Cost You

Whether it’s due to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, departments going rogue, or a superior’s whim, IT needs a solution for integrating already existing or to-be-deployed Mac® computers into an organization’s infrastructure. Even smaller companies regulate their PC clients using group policies and roll out smartphones via mobile device management—but in many cases, Mac devices are left unmanaged. Many admins don’t even know for sure how many Mac devices are in their company networks. Are you one of them?

This is not just a small negligence; it can grow to be a critical safety risk. IT should be able to control who can connect to the mail server, who has access to sensitive documents, and for how long. Each unmanaged Mac is a latent hazard in your organization. Even without any bad intentions involved, losing a private laptop with company data is an embarrassment for all concerned.

Keep Control of Data and Access

Even leaving out disaster scenarios, rogue Mac computers can still cause a lot of trouble in your organization. How is the helpdesk supposed to support devices efficiently that aren‘t officially approved, much less managed? This produces unnecessary, costly effort—and as a result, lost time for the helpdesk and all concerned. Clearly, IT needs a strategy for integrating Mac computers into the infrastructure.

Even when Mac is not yet officially part of the hardware pool, IT should make sure that all Apple systems are properly accounted for and integrated in the internal network. This ensures that even BYOD MacBook® computers only gain access to critical systems by provision—which can be revoked for former employees.

If your organization rolls out Mac computers as endpoint devices, a reliable and easy-to-use management solution for them is called for. That would provide the admin with peace of mind and cut support costs for the organization. Parallels has calculated that Parallels® Mac Management for Microsoft® SCCM can help a customer with 450 Mac computers save $111,700 over a three-year period. Parallels Mac Management complements Microsoft SCCM and requires no specific Mac administration expertise for IT professionals.