Fleet management: what it is and why you need it
Out with the old, in with the new. In the past few years, singers, musicians, orchestras, operas, music schools and ensembles of all kinds, be they amateur or professional, have made the switch to digital scores. Thousands have been seduced by their comfort of use, simplicity and convenience, among myriad other advantages.
Like all significant changes, however, switching to digital scores requires adaptation and the learning of new techniques and processes. This is especially true if the change is to be adopted by entire ensembles and their staff.
Why do you need a fleet management solution?
It is no secret that iPads are not cheap. Their quality and reliability come at a price that can reach a significant amount when a full fleet is purchased. To make this investment last in time and harvest its full potential, continuous monitoring and periodic maintenance are required. If not optimized and done with the right tools, this necessary maintenance can be a tedious and time-consuming process.
Moreover, music is a world where excellence and, more often than not, stress, are an integral component. To foster the former and mitigate the latter, it is crucial to have control over the settings of devices in order to have them configured in an optimal way for performance. For example, it is necessary to download the required Apps and keep them up-to-date as well as the operating system, deactivate notifications, connect file-sharing services to share sheet music and media, etc. Again, setting dozens of iPads in such a way can be a dreary process, where mistakes can easily slip in.
Thankfully, fleet management solutions exist to greatly speed up such processes and ensure a uniformity of configuration, so that musicians and staff can focus on what matters: performance.
In this article, we will explore the differences between the two most common fleet management options: MDM programs and Apple Configurator.