I don’t know that this is the case anymore. When HFBC was first investigating Jamf over the summer last year, we were only offered a hosted Jamf solution. There was nothing on the website about any discounts for running on-prem, everything was hosted. Having spoken with a number of CITN churches using Jamf and knowing that there had been a cheaper option, I pushed our salesperson and he let me know that the on-prem only solution was ending as of 9/30/17 and that, going forward, Jamf would only be offering the hosted solution.
For reference, we paid approximately $90/Mac initially with $18/Mac per year on-going and $40/iOS initially and $8/iOS per year on-going.
The quote we received on the hosted solution was $67/Mac per year and $38/iOS per year.
Jamf currently covers 170 Macs and 80 iOS devices for us. At these device counts, the on-prem solution costs us $24k over three years and $30k over 5 years. At the same device count, the hosted solution would cost us $43k over 3 years and $72k over 5 years. Maybe things have changed but be sure to ask the question.
With all that said, even if I my only option was the hosted solution from Jamf, I would still do it. Jamf has saved me and my help desk tech incredible amounts of time.
Some of the things we are currently doing with Jamf:
- Near zero-touch deployment (could easily be zero touch but I need to feel useful)
- Pushing software like copier drivers that previously required us to touch every machine
- Restricting software like MacKeeper, torrenting software and others
- Self Service portal for users to install VPP software, Office 365 Apps, Printers/Copiers
- Adding a hidden admin account to all machines (and can push a new password for this account)
- Scripting a reboot reminder after 30 days of uptime
- Storing FileVault encryption keys for any user who enables it
- Creating lock screen messages stating that the computer belongs to HFBC with contact info
- Adding EFI passwords preventing cold booting to an external drive or recovery
- So many other little things that are saving time
Now, we could do most of this without Jamf but, being a team of two with 300+ users to support, Jamf has been such a blessing. We are a split staff between Macs and PCs. We have known for some time that Mac users are less likely to have help requests than our PC users but this has been offset by the number of times we have to go and touch all of our Macs for something silly that we have been able to do with GPO to manage our PCs. Now, there is nothing that I have set out to do with GPO that I couldn’t do with Jamf. Now when it is refresh time for one of my users, I am giving them a Mac unless they have very good reasons why they need a PC.