Many JNUC conversations are about device provisioning and on-boarding, but as Jamf Admins see their deployments grow every year, a new topic is growing in importance: fleet device refresh and asset disposition. At JNUC 2019, Diamond Assets and Millard School District shared the benefits they have seen operationally and instructionally from professionally managed buyback programs. Diamond Assets also showcased Clarity with Jamf Pro, an integration to that brings more data and strategy to the refresh conversation.
Amanda Kunes is the Technology Facilitator at Millard Public Schools. Of their 16,000 instructional devices, about half are Apple devices being managed by Jamf. Being a self-sufficient team, their first attempts at managing the buyback process were handled internally. “If we can do it better ourselves, we will.” Their first efforts looked like community auctions, educator buyouts, and eBay. All of these options led to improper eWaste disposal, decommissioned devices being brought back into the district, and pallets of devices that would just sit there while trying to haggle with strangers over the internet.
This scenario plays itself out far too often, and is a primary reason Diamond Assets was founded. Understanding that Apple lifecycle management is different than generic tech required a company that focused its process and people on a single goal. “We are a buyback partner for organizations that invest in the Apple platform,” said Matt Cooper, Sr. VP, Business Development, “…[and] we created our company to help organizations get the most value out of their Apple devices.” Read more
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