We first covered Fleetsmith, a relative newcomer to the fast growing enterprise Mac management space, back in 2016. Since then, their cloud-based management platform has evolved to include MDM, and they announced plans to support iOS and tvOS, too.
For identity and directory integration, Fleetsmith always relied on G Suite—ergo, their target customers were always Google shops with Macs. That’s a sizable market on its own, but from the very first time I met them, I wondered when they would expand to other identity integrations.
Today they’re announcing support for Office 365 (or if you prefer, Azure AD, as it’s the identity provider built into Office 365). Via an OAuth-based integration, Fleetsmith will now support all the same identity-related Mac management features with Office 365 that it supports with G Suite, including the ability to:
- Import users;
- Federate administrator identities for the management console;
- Federate user identities for the self enrollment portal; and
- Set up local macOS user accounts. (Though keep in mind that in this case, the Mac password is local and unique, not synced with the identity provider.)
Fleetsmith has an SMB focus, but the number of shops that fit in this category, have Office 365 or G Suite, and need to get a better handle on Mac management is huge. (I just don’t think the old idea of “Eh, Mac users tend to be technical, so we can probably ignore them” is true.) I’ll be watching to see what’s next for Fleetsmith now that they’ve opened up to this larger market.