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 Apple is updating mobile device management

Apple offers devs two useful enterprise security tools

Apple offers devs two useful enterprise security tools

New technologies Apple highlighted at this month's WWDC show the company understands how the enterprise security landscape is changing — and underline a commitment to provide the tools needed to deal with that landscape.

'Sign in with Apple' comes to the enterprise

'Sign in with Apple' comes to the enterprise

Users get simpler logins to business or education apps and websites. IT admins get greater control. What's not to love?

What to do if the Mac you need is delayed?

What to do if the Mac you need is delayed?

Serious supply chain delays have hit Apple, so if your company (or university) is looking for new Macs, you'd better order them as soon as possible.

Note to IT: Apple's upcoming public betas can be your friend

Note to IT: Apple's upcoming public betas can be your friend

The public betas for Apple's iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 (Ventura) will be released in July. What's an IT desk to do with eager would-be beta testers? Use them to your advantage.

It’s been a big year for Apple in the enterprise

It’s been a big year for Apple in the enterprise

Apple has announced several major changes for the enterprise over the past year. What do they portend for WWDC 2022?

RIP, macOS Server

RIP, macOS Server

Apple finally made official what's been the de facto truth for years: macOS Server is dead after 23 years.

5 ways COVID-19 has changed healthcare IT

5 ways COVID-19 has changed healthcare IT

During the pandemic, IT has supported overburdened medical professionals with multi-hospital dashboards, better health-record integration, automated patient monitoring, and more.

Jamf and more: Apple MDM tools for smaller businesses

Jamf and more: Apple MDM tools for smaller businesses

Jamf is the most well-known Apple MDM vendor, but small to midsize organizations have plenty of other options for managing Apple devices.

With ‘unlisted apps,’ Apple makes another enterprise move

With ‘unlisted apps,’ Apple makes another enterprise move

The company’s decision to allow unlisted apps in its App Store could be a boon for smaller companies. But it could heat up rivalries between Apple other MDM players.

Mac enrollment simplified: Apple Configurator comes to iOS

Mac enrollment simplified: Apple Configurator comes to iOS

The new iPhone version of Apple Configurator makes configuring and enrolling Macs as easy as setting up an Apple Watch.

About Apple Business Essentials, I have questions

About Apple Business Essentials, I have questions

Apple made a big splash this month unveiling Business Essentials for SMBs. While the service doesn’t arrive until next year, there are a lot of questions IT admins should focus on now before considering it.

How Apple's iCloud Private Relay creates a shadow IT nightmare

How Apple's iCloud Private Relay creates a shadow IT nightmare

iOS 15’s privacy relay feature protects consumers’ privacy, but it could undermine corporate network controls.

Android vs. iOS in the enterprise: IT now has a real choice

Android vs. iOS in the enterprise: IT now has a real choice

It used to be that Android couldn't get a second look in the enterprise. Now Apple's iOS has real competition.

How Apple is changing MDM in iOS 15

How Apple is changing MDM in iOS 15

Declarative management, rolling out today with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, is the most significant change to Apple MDM in its 11-year history. Here’s what IT departments need to know.

From MDM to UEM in a decade: What we’ve learned about enterprise mobile management

From MDM to UEM in a decade: What we’ve learned about enterprise mobile management

Ten years ago, managing mobile devices at work required a hodgepodge collection of apps and services — and the BYOD craze only complicated things further for IT. Here’s a look at how EMM shifted and grew, where we are, and what comes...

With EMM, should you go full stack or best of breed?

With EMM, should you go full stack or best of breed?

There are pros and cons whether you choose a single vendor’s full-stack enterprise mobility management offering or pick and choose among the products that best meet your company’s needs.

Apple silicon Macs: 9 considerations for IT

Apple silicon Macs: 9 considerations for IT

Apple’s shift to customized ARM processors in its newest Mac models gives IT several things to consider when planning Mac purchases.

How Jamf fits into the enterprise device management landscape

How Jamf fits into the enterprise device management landscape

Should you consider Jamf to manage your company’s Apple devices? Here’s what you need to know.

Did Microsoft just solve a big business iPad problem

Did Microsoft just solve a big business iPad problem

One of the most disappointing things about iOS devices as business devices, and one of the things that keeps the iPad from being a true computing solution, is that there is no support for multiple-user accounts. An unlikely ally is...

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