Mike Boylan is Staff Product Engineer at Kandji. Previously, he spent 7.5 years in field engineering at Apple supporting education and enterprise customers as a Senior Consulting Engineer. He’s a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA where he received his Master’s of Science in Competitive Intelligence Systems (now known as Data Analytics), and his Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems. Mike worked for the University throughout his academic career, and then full-time after receiving his degrees in a variety of positions including Programmer Analyst, Systems Administrator, and eventually Senior Systems Engineer. He was responsible for much of the University’s core infrastructure including web and application servers, database servers, load balancers and SSL certificates, and in-house IP telephony system based on Digium’s Asterisk. He also managed all of the university’s Apple devices and consulted with the application teams on user-centric web design and modern application architectures, including MVC. Prior to his work at his alma mater, he played a critical role at Fox Chapel Area School District engaging in the grant writing process and managing a large deployment of Mac computers as part of the State-wide Classrooms For The Future initiative.
Mike’s been fortunate enough to have worked with Apple technologies in a professional capacity for over a decade now, and he carries a wealth of knowledge and experience relating to Apple technologies in education and enterprise. When he first started at Apple, Mike was a Systems Engineer as a part of the US Education sales team. He worked with technology professionals and educators across south-central Pennsylvania and the state of West Virginia to help them get the most out of their Apple devices. He then later became a Senior Systems Engineer and was named Systems Engineer of the Year in 2016. In the fall of 2017, Mike moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and joined Apple’s national Consulting Engineering team as a specialist focused primarily on macOS deployment and management. He also focused on educational assessments and security and privacy. Apple’s Consulting Engineering team is a small team of deep subject matter experts who work both internally and externally to support education and enterprise worldwide. In 2018, Mike was named Consulting Engineer of the Year, and in 2019, he became a Senior Consulting Engineer.
Before joining Apple, Mike spoke frequently at national industry conferences including MacIT in California and Penn State MacAdmins in Pennsylvania on topics related to deployment and management of Apple devices. While at Apple, Mike was fortunate enough to be able to continue to speak at industry conferences, including the Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) in 2019 and he continued to speak yearly at Penn State MacAdmins. In the summer of 2020, Mike led a session at Apple’s first ever virtual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) on enterprise identity and authentication. In the fall of 2020, Mike spoke at the virtual JNUC 2020 conference together with a colleague from Enterprise Product Marketing on deploying macOS Big Sur; this session included some of the first publicly available information about deploying Mac computers with Apple silicon. At virtual JNUC 2020, he delivered Deploying macOS Monterey, which included a deep dive on using MDM to manage software updates on macOS. He looks forward to reengaging even further with the Apple admin community at Kandji.
When not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his partner and his friends, watching new content on Netflix, Hulu, etc., exploring new restaurants, cooking/baking, and hiking. He currently lives just outside of Seattle in Bellevue, WA. You can find him on LinkedIn, Twitter at @mboylan, and Instagram at @mike_boylan.