Friday Notebook, January 26: Okta's Businesses at Work report, Jamf growth, and more

Also: iOS 11.3, PrinterLogic funding, Lakeside on Spectre/Meltdown performance impacts, G Suite for Education, Intune for Education, and more.

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Apple announced iOS 11.3 this week, and like iOS 10.3 and 9.3 before it, this significant spring update will have some important MDM features. The updated Configuration Profile Reference reveals a new MDM restriction that allows IT to delay iOS updates on Supervised devices for up to 90 days. This is a big, long-requested feature, but note that Supervision is only intended for enterprise devices, so there’s still no way to prevent BYOD users from upgrading.

Okta released its Businesses at Work 2018 report. While it’s limited to Okta customers, it is a good look at trends in enterprise SaaS. Office 365 retained the top spot overall in terms of customer numbers and monthly active users; G Suite grew customers at a faster rate than Office 365, but Office 365 grew monthly active users faster. Dig through more at

The fastest growing app among Okta customers is Jamf, growing 389% year over year. That’s especially impressive considering that Jamf’s overall numbers are getting pretty big—this week they announced that they’re over 13,700 customers. They had a huge year, having also announced a big partnership with Microsoft back at Ignite. Overall, their illustrates how Macs are finally coming into the enterprise in a big way. Jamf has a huge lead in Mac management, but in 2018 we’ll be watching to see how other endpoint vendors also capitalize on the trend and grow their own Mac numbers.

There’s still plenty of activity in the printing space, as this week PrinterLogic announced a $15 million series A funding round. Recently Gabe noted increasing interest in their serverless approach, but cautioned that ThinPrint recently joined the serverless trend and that others could soon follow. Expect to hear more around Synergy or VMworld.

Lakeside Software shared research on the performance impact of Meltdown and Spectre patches on RDS and XenApp. (Here’s additional coverage by my colleague Alyssa Provazza.) They found CPU increases of 16–22%, depending on hardware and architecture. Again, this is all highly workload dependent, so it’s time to do your own testing.

Microsoft and Google both had big education announcements:

  • G Suite for Education is gaining some security features like DLP, physical security key enforcement, and S/MIME. A new higher-end SKU called G Suite Enterprise for Education will include more of G Suite’s enterprise features, including MDM.
  • Among other updates, Microsoft touted low-price Windows 10 devices and new features in Intune for Education. Intune for Education will gain new user roles intended for admins at individual schools (I know from my teacher friends that this will be a welcome feature), along with more Windows 10 controls and more reporting features.

Finally, here’s a grab bag of other things that crossed my desk this week:

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