The Esper APIs – Turn App and Device Management into Code
The Esper APIs – Turn App and Device Management into Code

The Esper APIs – Turn App and Device Management into Code

Any enterprise managing a device fleet would know the challenges of juggling all the balls – security, budgeting, development, data loss, user experience, and more. An additional burden is that a majority of device and fleet management solutions are oriented around a traditional IT perspective.

That’s where the trouble starts- monolithic tools just don’t cut it when it comes to device fleet management in the age of digital transformation. While there are some platforms that have a few technology integrations, the APIs are inadequate.

The most common pain points from a technology standpoint include:

  • Frequent and repetitive tasks are especially difficult during the development process (it’s bad enough with 5 devices, try a whole development lab!)
  • Provisioning apps on development devices can be painstaking (especially months after deployment for a repro)
  • Handling the management system and keeping up with OS updates and patches

As a developer, your first thought with a repetitive task is to ask why can’t I just turn it into code? With the available device management systems today, you cannot. Except one, Esper!

Esper is a dedicated Android device platform offering a better way to build, deploy, and manage apps and devices. Our APIs help you streamline the process of building dedicated devices for POS, food ordering, logistics, and kiosks.

We take dedicated device management to the next level

At Esper we are deliberately developer-focused. We believe in giving you the tools you need to succeed, rather than creating more hurdles to efficiently manage devices. We moved beyond clunky IT approaches, to create the industry’s only platform that helps you build, deploy, and debug apps for dedicated Android devices using code.

Imagine defining a provisioning script in Python and firing it up whenever you’re deploying a new device, interacting with your development devices via API calls, or bolting in your own code to help you run your development cycles.

That’s the magic of Esper – app and device fleet management designed by developers for developers.

Manage your apps & devices with Python

Esper's Python SDK for device management

We’re striving to create an epic shift in the way device management works. By using our Python SDK, developers can integrate device management functionality into the backend.

You can use our Python SDK to control and monitor your enterprise’s Android-based Dedicated Devices using Esper. Functionalities include:

  • Enumerate all your devices and apps
  • Deploy an app update to a group of devices
  • Reboot a device or a group of devices

Wouldn’t it be great to control your device fleet at the code level and automate many of the common tasks that take up so much human bandwidth today?

Customize with our rich API set

Nothing is more frustrating for developers than being weighed down by clunky policies and settings.

With Esper all of that changes. Humans still need access to change configurations. But rather than switching to a high-priced vendor console, we give developers access to all of our capabilities via a powerful set of open APIs.

Use our lineup of APIs to provision your device fleet, create policies, and deploy approved applications – as you like. You can skip the frustration and seamlessly manage your own customized, white-labeled console meeting all of your unique requirements.

Remotely troubleshoot issues on the fly

Esper is more than a Python SDK with device management APIs. We also offer the Esper Android Tools with Esper Enhanced Android to help app developers tackle key challenges faced while working in Android Studio.

Imagine there is a failure with one of your kiosks in the field. Rather than trying to fix things by manually provisioning a repro device in the office, with Esper you can fire up a true remote debugging session securely with the device in the field. You step through your code without physical access to the device.

Fixing and updating are a breeze

We go further by offering rich logging information stored in Esper that you can access anytime, anywhere.

Our roadmap is to provide developers with full API level access to this data so you can take programmatic approaches to using it to help pinpoint emerging issues before they become problems.

These capabilities make fixing and updating much easier. Even when the marketing team wants a fix with new graphics on the deployed devices, then boom, done! No more long commit cycles.

Easily integrate Android Studio

Esper CLI for Device Management- Fire off a command

In Android Studio, you can quickly pull up the CLI to fire off a command for any app you’re working on to provision quickly. Half an hour later, run another command for that same device to load a different app. Smooth, fast, comfortable!

All this is done through your favorite terminal. If you want to go to a website, we have our Console built for developers while still offering an entry point for IT.

Pick your means, use it whenever you like, and live in the APIs and tools as much as you need.

What’s next?

Digital transformation has changed the needs and expectations of today’s enterprise – especially when it comes to managing apps and dedicated devices. With multitudes of devices in the field and the push to provision, manage, and debug on the fly, developers are hard-pressed to keep up using manual processes and time-consuming provisioning tasks.

Meanwhile, IT-focused solutions are like a fitting a “square peg in a round hole”, leaving developers on the outside encumbering them with protocols getting in the way of doing what they do best.

Esper is different. We help developers orchestrate dedicated devices across the full app lifecycle (develop, deploy, and debug). We speak the language of APIs, SDKs, AVDs, and CLIs to help companies build and provision POS, food ordering, logistics, and kiosk devices, and much more.

So, if you’re as fired up as we are about transitioning device fleet management to DevOps, then you’ve come to the right place. Start today with Esper, because we are turning app and device management to code!

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