LEGO rolls out Macs in the workplace to meet growing employee demand

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LEGO, founded in 1932, has modernized its IT infrastructure by integrating Mac and iOS devices into its corporate environment using Jamf's Apple device management solution.



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In an effort to enhance productivity and meet the growing demand from employees, Corporate IT at LEGO has been adding Mac devices to its previously PC-focused environment, LEGO's Infrastructure Engineer Michael Loft Mikkelsen stated during the Jamf Nation User Conference. This coincides with IBM's recent reveal, also at Jamf's conference, indicating 1,300 Macs are deployed per week in its own enterprise environment.



A privately held and family-owned company, LEGO employs nearly 14,000 full-time workers based on the organization's latest
annual report. With such a large workforce and an increased demand for Macs among employees, the Mac team at LEGO began looking for a management platform two years ago with final stages of the rollout currently nearing completion across the U.S. and Asia.



The process of finding and implementing an enterprise Mac solution wasn't always easy, however.



"We were pushing against 'the old way' mindset where everything is locked down," Loft Mikkelsen remarked during the conference's "Building the Mac at LEGO" session. "The Mac is always being compared to the PC. It's not enough to prove it's just as capable in enterprise capabilities as the PC."



Jamf Nation User Conference





And since LEGO IT supports multiple platforms -- such as Mac, PC, Linux, and iOS for mobile use -- the company needed an infrastructure that could handle future growth while meeting the needs of employees on a daily basis.



In fact, LEGO's previous Mac infrastructure consisted of only one main management server in Denmark plus booster servers in four other countries -- all the while lacking mobile device management (MDM) capabilities. Because of these limitations, the Mac team embarked on a journey that tested two scenarios: one that piggybacked on the existing PC environment and another that implemented a new Apple device management platform.



After testing both concepts and coming to a vote, LEGO went with Jamf's Casper Suite to manage Apple devices across its corporate environment.



As Mac usage continues to grow at LEGO, the integration process for each system has improved as well. Whereas a Mac had to be manually reimaged before, each Apple device now goes through a process of adding it to Active Directory (AD), configuring a virtual private network (VPN) and running an automatic setup script.



Currently, LEGO has approximately 700 Macs in its corporate environment with the largest number of Mac users working as designers and developers in the company's native Denmark. As the rollout nears completion across the globe, that number is expected to grow.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,051member
    I have a feeling that we'll start seeing more corporations implementing large-scale migrations to macOS / iOS in the very short term after, especially now that it's been demonstrated, with statistics and cold-hard-numbers from IBM, just how good Mac's and iOS devices are in corporate compared to junker PC's!
    lordjohnwhorfincaliDeelronlolliverlostkiwiwatto_cobramuadibe
  • Reply 2 of 8
    anomeanome Posts: 1,121member
    Now if they'd just release MindStorms for macOS, or better yet, iOS...
    tmaylordjohnwhorfin
  • Reply 3 of 8
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,249member
    anome said:
    Now if they'd just release MindStorms for macOS, or better yet, iOS...
    What are you talking about?  I bought a mindstorm kit for my 10-year old nephew and the software runs just fine on a Mac.
    lordjohnwhorfinlolliverdysamoria
  • Reply 4 of 8
    anomeanome Posts: 1,121member
    sflocal said:
    anome said:
    Now if they'd just release MindStorms for macOS, or better yet, iOS...
    What are you talking about?  I bought a mindstorm kit for my 10-year old nephew and the software runs just fine on a Mac.

    Apologies. Last I looked into it, the Mac support seemed to largely consist of using telnet to move files to the controller, while Windows had a nice (well, as nice as Windows can be) GUI. I also see that they now have iOS apps.

    lolliverdysamoria
  • Reply 5 of 8

    Here ya' go:



    JanNLwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    JanNLJanNL Posts: 246member

    Here ya' go:



    Good laugh!
  • Reply 7 of 8
    Why is nobody shouting that Mac's are toys and will never be able to function in a corporate environment like that of a large toy manunfactu.... Wait.. Never mind....
  • Reply 8 of 8
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,588member
    All good news ...  just so long as no Mac gets bricked!   :D
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