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.

'Shared iPad' in Apple's iOS 9.3 update is a big deal

'Shared iPad' in Apple's iOS 9.3 update is a big deal

Apple this week offered a tantalizing preview of its next update for iOS 9, showcasing Night Shift, CarPlay enhancements and -- most importantly -- a feature for education users that would fit right in at the office.

What Apple could learn from Windows 10

What Apple could learn from Windows 10

After spending the past few months living with Windows 10, columnist Ryan Faas says there are aspects of Microsoft's OS that Apple should learn from and adopt.

Here's what Apple's planning for 2016

Here's what Apple's planning for 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, it's a good time to look back at what Apple did this past year with an eye on what that means for 2016.

New Apple TV opens door for enterprise use

New Apple TV opens door for enterprise use

Although the new Apple TV remains a consumer-focused device, that doesn't mean it has no potential in the boardroom, classroom, store window, or on the retail floor.

Microsoft risks IT ire with Windows 10 update push

Microsoft risks IT ire with Windows 10 update push

Microsoft has made it clear that it will take on a greater role in managing the Windows update process, and IT shops aren'y happy about its pushy plans.

Apple Pay at 1 year: Growing, but slowly

Apple Pay at 1 year: Growing, but slowly

A year after its launch, Apple Pay has seen some significant growth in the U.S. But the mobile payment service has a ways to go to get to wide adoption.

Can the iPad Pro take on the Surface Pro at work?

Can the iPad Pro take on the Surface Pro at work?

From the get go, it was inevitable that the iPad Pro would be compared to Microsoft's Surface Pro. For companies eyeing both tablets, here's what to consider before buying.

Apple, Amazon, and the Growing Importance of Tightly Integrated Experiences

Apple, Amazon, and the Growing Importance of Tightly Integrated Experiences

One of the star features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is how tightly integrated and seamless the user experience has become across all Apple devices. It's something that only Apple and a handful of companies can pull off, but it's also...

How a Coworking Space Made Me Rethink My Computing Needs

How a Coworking Space Made Me Rethink My Computing Needs

As our workplaces become more flexible and more customizable to our needs, we need to ensure that we choose the right desktop, notebook, and mobile computing options to be successful in those variable workspaces.

Apple's iPad Lineup Now Offers Something for Almost Every Customer

Apple's iPad Lineup Now Offers Something for Almost Every Customer

In launching its new iPads, Apple has wisely retained last year's models along with the original iPad mini. The result is that Apple, typically perceived as a company that caters to only high-end consumers, is now offering products...

How Wearables and Wellness Programs are Transforming the Workplace

Fitness trackers, other wearable devices, and employee wellness programs are becoming popular among many employers. While these trends are in their infancy, they may very well transform the landscape of the workplace and office design....

Samsung Has a Tough Hill to Climb at Differentiating Itself

Samsung Has a Tough Hill to Climb at Differentiating Itself

Samsung's bleak forecast ahead of its quarterly earnings shows that its lack of differentiating in many markets is causing it trouble. But even when the company does differentiate well, as with its KNOX security platform, it has...

MobileIron Brings Mobile Management Into Mainstream IT

MobileIron Brings Mobile Management Into Mainstream IT

MobileIron has announced an integration between its EMM suite and Microsoft SCCM. That's great news for its customers, but it also highlights the major challenges IT departments will need to confront as mobile devices begin...

Apple's HealthKit is Available But Some Doctors Remain Skeptical

Apple's HealthKit is Available But Some Doctors Remain Skeptical

After delays, Apple finally launched HealthKit as part of iOS 8 on the iPhone. Even with a selection of compatible apps and expectations of broad device and electronic records integration, some healthcare professionals remain hesitant...

In iOS 8, Medical ID Could Be a Life-Saver

In iOS 8, Medical ID Could Be a Life-Saver

The Medical ID record in the new Health app in Apple's iOS 8 hasn't gotten a lot of attention. But it should, says columnist Ryan Faas.

How IT Should Prep For iOS 8

How IT Should Prep For iOS 8

iOS 8 isn't as much of a paradigm shift for enterprise users as some earlier releases, but that doesn't mean IT departments can easily it write off. Ryan Faas explains what's important.

How to Choose Between the iPhone 6, Plus, and iPad

How to Choose Between the iPhone 6, Plus, and iPad

Apple's newest iPhones are larger than previous models and the iPhone 6 Plus heralds the company's entrance into the phablet market. It's important for business users to understand the differences between the devices in Apple's new...

The iPhone 6 Completes Apple's Mobile Line-up

The iPhone 6 Completes Apple's Mobile Line-up

The new smartphones Apple unveiled this week fill gaps in a product line-up that now stretches from the iPhone 5C to the iPad Air.

With New iPhones -- and a Watch -- Apple Moves on From Jobs

With New iPhones -- and a Watch -- Apple Moves on From Jobs

Tuesday's big Apple event, at which the company unveiled new iPhones and the Apple Watch, represented a milestone: It was the first truly post-Steve Jobs Apple product launch.

What You Need to Know About Apple Pay

What You Need to Know About Apple Pay

How it works, its security features, and how it's likely to impact the existing mobile payments industry.

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