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.

The Apple DEP flaw explained – and how to bolster security

The Apple DEP flaw explained – and how to bolster security

Researchers have highlighted a vulnerability in Apple’s Device Enrollment Program that, in some circumstances, could leave corporate networks and data insecure. But companies can mitigate the danger.

How to navigate the shifting sands of macOS Server

How to navigate the shifting sands of macOS Server

Apple's been moving to deprecate a variety of services it once supported and has now posted a Service Migration Guide for users. Here's what's important and what you should do now as you eye a migration.

Four industries Apple is set to disrupt

Four industries Apple is set to disrupt

Though Apple tends to focus on the consumer aspects of its devices and software, the new iPhones and Apple Watch unveiled this week could shake up everything from healthcare to retail and even media.

How to get the most from Microsoft Intune

How to get the most from Microsoft Intune

When it comes to managing corporate hardware, Intune stacks up well against rivals like AirWatch, MobileIron Cloud and Maas360. Whether it's the right EMM choice depends on your company's current setup and future needs.

New MacBook Pros at work? Here's how to manage them right

New MacBook Pros at work? Here's how to manage them right

Apple's newest laptops include a slew of security features that make them good corporate citizens. So it's important to know how best to deploy and manage them.

Do iOS 12 and 'Mojave' mean it's time to dump old hardware?

Do iOS 12 and 'Mojave' mean it's time to dump old hardware?

Apple's OS upgrades for iPhones, iPads and desktops mean it's time for IT admins to determine whether older devices will work after the updates arrive this fall – and if not, what to do next. Here's how to decide.

How Apple could disrupt healthcare

How Apple could disrupt healthcare

A number of recent moves by Apple could turn your iPhone into a personal health hub – and eventually upend the healthcare industry.

How Apple plans to tweak device management this year

How Apple plans to tweak device management this year

The changes coming to desktop and mobile device management this year could best be described as incremental. They're useful, and build on what Apple has done in the past, but they don't represent a radical departure from the current...

WWDC: What's in iOS 12 and macOS 'Mojave' for IT?

WWDC: What's in iOS 12 and macOS 'Mojave' for IT?

Many of the changes and new features Apple execs talked about this week will affect business users and the IT departments that support them. Here's a rundown of some of the major changes.

Weighing a move from Windows 10 to macOS? An IT checklist

Weighing a move from Windows 10 to macOS? An IT checklist

With the end of extended support for Windows 7 drawing ever closer, companies will soon have to decide whether to move to Windows 10 or something else. This IT checklist details why macOS is a viable option.

Apple's macOS Server strategy shifts again

Apple's macOS Server strategy shifts again

The company is planning to deprecate a number of services that could hit SMB customers, though larger enterprise users are less likely to be affected.

The rise of virtual assistants in the office

The rise of virtual assistants in the office

Between Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, the workplace is getting rather chatty. Expect that trend to continue in 2018, but don't count on voice-activated assistants to tackle just any task.

What Face ID means for iOS and device access

What Face ID means for iOS and device access

Apple’s new biometric technology – a highlight feature in the soon-to-be-released iPhone X – could someday launch 1,000 ships (or open 1,000 doors).

The 3 keys to getting value from custom-built apps

The 3 keys to getting value from custom-built apps

Whether a company is building for mobile users, the desktop or the web, custom apps can solve a lot of enterprise problems – if IT does all the right things in the right order.

Why companies need to embrace augmented reality

Why companies need to embrace augmented reality

Apple is doubling down on the technology, which means it'll be showing up soon on millions of iPhones and iPads and could be a boon to collaboration and workplace productivity.

How iOS 11 makes mobile management easier

How iOS 11 makes mobile management easier

Apple's upcoming iOS, due out this fall comes with new management features that build on the enterprise features rolled out earlier this year in iOS 10.3.

How IT should prep for Apple's public OS betas

How IT should prep for Apple's public OS betas

With the arrival of Apple's public betas of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, users will be downloading unfinished software to their computers and iDevices. Is your IT shop ready for the aftermath?

With iOS 11, Apple focuses on enterprise users

With iOS 11, Apple focuses on enterprise users

Apple's using its mobile OS to re-shape how enterprises use iPads for business, and it's finally getting the "Pro" part of the iPad Pro right.

The top 5 mistakes enterprise devs make when building mobile apps

The top 5 mistakes enterprise devs make when building mobile apps

While many organizations have embraced the need for mobile apps to get work done or address customer needs, development efforts sometimes fail. Here's why.

What iOS 10.3 offers the enterprise

What iOS 10.3 offers the enterprise

Apple's iOS 10.3 includes several new features for enterprise and education institutions that go far beyond just the new APFS file system.

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