Ryan Faas

Contributing Writer

Ryan Faas is a technology journalist and author who had been writing about Apple, business and enterprise IT topics, and the mobile industry for over a decade. He is author and/or editor of ten technology books. He is a prolific freelance writer whose work has been featured on Computerworld, Enterprise Mobile Today, InformIT, Peachpit Press, Cult of Mac, Cult of Android, About.com, and Datamation. In 2008 he was awarded a Neal National Business Journalism award for his work featured in Computerworld's "Week of Leopard" series.

In addition to writing, Ryan has spent a large portion of the past fifteen years in the systems/network engineering and IT management fields as an IT director, systems administrator, trainer, and all round multi-platform and mobile device technology consultant. His client list ranges from human services agencies, small non-profits, and private schools to fortune 500 hundred companies and major media agencies. He also worked for mobile management provider MobileIron from November 2014 until October 2015.

How to create a mobile policy for iOS devices

How to create a mobile policy for iOS devices

When developing a mobile policy for iPhones and iPads, it’s important to keep in mind that from an EMM perspective, Apple’s biggest goal ( beyond privacy) is delivering a single seamless iOS experience.

How to create a mobile policy for Android devices

How to create a mobile policy for Android devices

Android has become a viable enterprise platform and in some ways is beating Apple in terms of enterprise functionality. This means that IT departments supporting Android devices need to create and implement effective policies.

Apple eyes changes to iOS device management

Apple eyes changes to iOS device management

At last week's developers conference, Apple rolled out a number of changes to the way iPhones, iPads and other devices are handled. Here's what those changes mean.

How to craft an MDM policy BYOD workers will actually follow

How to craft an MDM policy BYOD workers will actually follow

Locking down corporate data and apps on employee devices can be a chore — especially when the biggest stumbling block is workers themselves. Here's how to ensure mobile devices actually get managed properly.

Where’s Apple’s collaboration service?

Where’s Apple’s collaboration service?

Across a range of software and apps, the company already has many of the pieces of a full-service collaboration suite in place. It needs to get busy tying them all together.

After Apple's guidance revision, time to focus on enterprise

After Apple's guidance revision, time to focus on enterprise

Apple's surprising announcement that earnings this quarter will come in less than expected highlight the company's need to expand in other areas. Beyond services, it should continue to push into the workplace.

Apple in 2019: Expect more focus on enterprise identity, device ownership

Apple in 2019: Expect more focus on enterprise identity, device ownership

Apple has done much in recent years to make it easier for IT admins to deploy, provision and manage all manner of Macs, iPhones and iPads. Here's how it did so, and what's likely to come next.

For Apple, 2018 meant a new enterprise tack

For Apple, 2018 meant a new enterprise tack

Though it's often seen as a consumer-centric company, Apple now touches a wide variety of enterprise IT operations. That growing corporate influence is likely to continue, and may even accelerate, in 2019.

What Apple's T2 security chip brings to the enterprise table

What Apple's T2 security chip brings to the enterprise table

Apple’s T2 security processor offers a real measure of data protection, even as it requires changes in how Apple hardware is imaged, updated or copied. But on balance, the T2 presages good things from the company.

Apple's place is in the enterprise

Apple's place is in the enterprise

With powerful new hardware, an increasing number of large-scale deployments and the ability to easily manage and support those deployments, Apple's place is in the office.

For device management, JAMF underpins Apple's enterprise role

For device management, JAMF underpins Apple's enterprise role

At this week's JAMF Nation User Conference, the EMM company shone a spotlight on what it's doing to help integrate and manage Apple hardware and services in the corporate world.

Spy chips on servers? Lessons learned (and questions to ask)

Spy chips on servers? Lessons learned (and questions to ask)

The revelations this week – hotly denied by Apple and Amazon – that Chinese server suppliers had planted microchips on motherboards – raises a lot of questions. Here are the ones companies should be asking now.

The Apple DEP flaw explained – and how to bolster security

The Apple DEP flaw explained – and how to bolster security

Researchers have highlighted a vulnerability in Apple’s Device Enrollment Program that, in some circumstances, could leave corporate networks and data insecure. But companies can mitigate the danger.

How to navigate the shifting sands of macOS Server

How to navigate the shifting sands of macOS Server

Apple's been moving to deprecate a variety of services it once supported and has now posted a Service Migration Guide for users. Here's what's important and what you should do now as you eye a migration.

Four industries Apple is set to disrupt

Four industries Apple is set to disrupt

Though Apple tends to focus on the consumer aspects of its devices and software, the new iPhones and Apple Watch unveiled this week could shake up everything from healthcare to retail and even media.

How to get the most from Microsoft Intune

How to get the most from Microsoft Intune

When it comes to managing corporate hardware, Intune stacks up well against rivals like AirWatch, MobileIron Cloud and Maas360. Whether it's the right EMM choice depends on your company's current setup and future needs.

New MacBook Pros at work? Here's how to manage them right

New MacBook Pros at work? Here's how to manage them right

Apple's newest laptops include a slew of security features that make them good corporate citizens. So it's important to know how best to deploy and manage them.

Do iOS 12 and 'Mojave' mean it's time to dump old hardware?

Do iOS 12 and 'Mojave' mean it's time to dump old hardware?

Apple's OS upgrades for iPhones, iPads and desktops mean it's time for IT admins to determine whether older devices will work after the updates arrive this fall – and if not, what to do next. Here's how to decide.

How Apple could disrupt healthcare

How Apple could disrupt healthcare

A number of recent moves by Apple could turn your iPhone into a personal health hub – and eventually upend the healthcare industry.

How Apple plans to tweak device management this year

How Apple plans to tweak device management this year

The changes coming to desktop and mobile device management this year could best be described as incremental. They're useful, and build on what Apple has done in the past, but they don't represent a radical departure from the current...

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