What does JAMF stand for?

andyinindy
Contributor II

Does anyone know? I always assumed it meant "just another Mac fanboy", but I have heard several other... creative interpretations.

Apparently there is some connection with a book called "Gravity's Rainbow"?

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clifhirtle
Contributor II

Totally bringing this question back from the Wayback Machine®. @andyinindy I think you nailed it:

JAMF Software was founded in 2002, and it wasn’t until 2007 that Halmstad and Pearson were comfortable bringing on employees. The name for the company was chosen pretty much at random. It’s a reference to a character in Thomas Pynchon’s novel, “Gravity’s Rainbow.”

Source: http://chippewa.com/business/businessreport/jamf-grows-by-steady-leaps-and-bounds/article_1f5cf4f0-b...

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GabeShack
Valued Contributor III

JIVE A* Mother F%$@&

Gabe Shackney
Princeton Public Schools

GabeShack
Valued Contributor III

Or So I've heard....

Gabe Shackney
Princeton Public Schools

rob_potvin
Contributor III
Contributor III

From what I remember it does have to do with the book called "Gravity's Rainbow", one of the main characters in that book is Laszlo Jamf. More info about that book here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity's_Rainbow

justinrummel
Contributor III

Just Another Management Framework is what i've heard. Course, I'm just now diluting all the guesses. :)

justinrummel
Contributor III

Just Another Management Framework is what i've heard. Course, I'm just now diluting all the guesses. :)

justinrummel
Contributor III

Just Another Management Framework is what i've heard. Course, I'm just now diluting all the guesses. :)

justinrummel
Contributor III

Hmmm... have we lost the ability to edit or remove posts? Safari was not being nice.

jarednichols
Honored Contributor

Just Another Mac Fanboy is the lore I've heard.

daworley
Contributor II

It's a recursive acronym, like WINE.

JAMF is Apple's Management Framework.

jpragsdale
New Contributor

In one of the sessions I was in at JNUC, Chip was asked the question. His response was what rpotvin said about referencing a character in a book name Laszlo Jamf. But considering in the Managing the Unmanageable session Bryson referred to the employees as JAMF's, I'd say it is definitely open to interpretation!

andyinindy
Contributor II

All this stuff about Laszlo JAMF is pretty bizarre.

Conditioning infants to get erections??

http://books.google.com/books?id=g-c1eOFxYIgC&pg=PA66&lpg=PA66&dq=Laszlo+JAMF+hardon&source=bl&ots=O...

WTF does this have to do with managing Macs???

clifhirtle
Contributor II

The greatest of art/literature/etc are never explicit, but allow the user to read into them what they bring themselves. Interpretation and search for meaning brings with an equal level of allure. Just as happy to hear an acronym based on a book as one based on tech. And frankly, just as happy to have JAMF's meaning remain an insider's only secret to the JAMF employee tribe. Bring on the interpretations!

queohsi
New Contributor

Joust Apple Maybe Friday?

The rumor I'm going to start is that it was on Zach's calendar one day and Chip said, "Hey I think I came up with a name for this thing!"

I can write a wikipedia article to support my ridiculous claim taking it from rumor to true story.

donmontalvo
Esteemed Contributor II

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clifhirtle
Contributor II

Totally bringing this question back from the Wayback Machine®. @andyinindy I think you nailed it:

JAMF Software was founded in 2002, and it wasn’t until 2007 that Halmstad and Pearson were comfortable bringing on employees. The name for the company was chosen pretty much at random. It’s a reference to a character in Thomas Pynchon’s novel, “Gravity’s Rainbow.”

Source: http://chippewa.com/business/businessreport/jamf-grows-by-steady-leaps-and-bounds/article_1f5cf4f0-b...

alan_trewartha
New Contributor III

That's pretty funny. I recognised it as the name of the character in GR, but always assumed it was (as up thread) Just Another Management Framework.

signetmac
Contributor

A friend just suggested the best version I've heard so far...

Jiggle And Make Friends

WUSLS
New Contributor

@signetmac That had me cracking up… thanks for the laugh!

rderewianko
Valued Contributor II

Another interesting fact. Casper comes from the fact that around the same time, Norton Ghost was a widely used product..

johnnasset
Contributor

@gshackney That's what I was told by a JAMF employee back in 2007 during a CCA course.

Chris_Hafner
Valued Contributor II

I've always thought of Casper as the "Friendly Ghost" ;-)

Emmert
Valued Contributor

bwiessner
Contributor II

https://youtu.be/_wHYzOzuENE?t=3m26s

rhooper
Contributor III

From what I gather it is Just Apple management Framework, but then again it is only a guess.

brunerd
Contributor

While this video is more about how to pronounce Jamf, it's too hilarious not to include here...
Watch as mutiple news outlets butcher Jamf's name on their IPO day (and Dean has a fun "freak out" 🤣

LinkedIn Jamf Post
Direct Video Link

tlarkin
Honored Contributor

So much revisionist history in this thread hahaha. Someone got it right, but I am not gonna repeat it. Also, don't believe everything you read :-P

gabester
Contributor III

Well, every time we have to roll our own EA, establish a smart group based on it, and scope a policy to that smart group based off the EA, I like to joke that it stands for:

Just Another Missing Feature

Don't get me wrong the flexibility is great, but there's an almost constant feeling that more could have been done. Just like my constant complaint that SCCM didn't have in-the-box support automatically for deploying MS Office and other Microsoft products.

MikeBlock
New Contributor

I heard it straight from Zach, the founder. I met him when I was at MTV in 2006. It stands for Jive Ass Mother Fucker.

snowfox
Contributor III

If you have to go before your board of directors or name it in an official report for management, tell them it stands for Java Apple Management Framework. Seems to keep management happy with a techy acronym.