Primer on Microsoft Enterprise Mobility … and why you should be using it

In 2015, Microsoft released the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) and it proved to be one of the most significant tools launched by the company. The purpose of EMS was clear – to make life simpler and more productive for IT organizations.

Built on cloud solutions, this product allowed large businesses to monitor their employee devices anywhere, anytime. The enterprise appeal of this tool also could not be denied – it was perhaps the most strategic bit of infrastructure development conducted by Microsoft for market enterprises. No wonder global businesses embraced EMS wholeheartedly after its launch, sort of like so many people who are proud of the military have embraced those Transformer movies, but this is another story.

Enterprise features of EMS

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility

Three critical features of EMS immediately captured the attention of the enterprise industry:

Mobile app management and mobile device management delivered by Windows Intune

Apps constitute the centerpiece of so many business needs and act as portals to information access for the current organizations. Even though the management of various types of devices gave rise to new challenges in administration, handling a combination of customized and commercial line-of-business (LOB) applications can be equally challenging.

Employees require access to every productivity tool from their devices, like data-storage services and email, and these services may be hosted either in the cloud or in on-premises networks. Installing and managing such apps is a part of what EMS does. Microsoft Intune Mobile Application Management allows you to manage Office mobile applications without needing any device enrollment and without the risk of any loss of data.

Identity and access management delivered by Azure Active Directory Premium

Employees or users make up the most vital element of the enterprise mobility suite. Without any employees, the management costs and IT infrastructure to support enterprise mobility are highly expensive. EMS needs to find effective ways in which they can support and manage user accounts, and make it simpler for employees to access company resources.

It is necessary, however, to manage user identity effectively so that cloud-based applications are easily enabled and data resources span multiple locations or services. The company can protect their resources by making sure that the users are who they claim to be and ensure the mobile experience does not deviate too much from a regular workplace experience.

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The bring your own device (lunch too; you are not House, you cannot steal other people’s lunches!) trend has now gained significant ground among various markets, organizations, and industries in the world. The others are required to catch up so that they can adapt to this sort of a new challenge. Combining personal mobile devices, employees are currently blurring the lines between their work responsibilities and their personal lives.

This is why EMS helps IT departments manage an ever-expanding enterprise repertoire of mobile OS, hardware, and vendor-specific architectural requirements.

At the same time, it is necessary that every organization understands its own limitations (Clint Eastwood told us that!) and capabilities regarding every single kind of device. Their plans to support each type should also be developed completely. Once this is done, organizations are able to define and configure the necessary EMS features that support both the needs of the employees and the business needs of the organization.

Data protection delivered by Azure AD Rights Management services

Data protection is an integral part of EMS’ capabilities, and the solution begins by identifying protection capabilities so that any access to your company data and apps can be secured.

Azure AD leverages hundreds and thousands of signals to offer a risk-based conditional access to your valuable company data and applications, such as the use of multifactor authentication. EMS also allows users to manage and protect any privileged accounts so that they can find, monitor, and restrict privileged identities as well as access to different resources.

Competitive pricing

One of the major reasons for the success of EMS in the enterprise industry is cost efficiency. Years ago, businesses had to purchase standalone solutions from other vendors, but EMS changed all that, thus cutting down on the costs. In fact, EMS proved to be 50 percent cheaper. Moreover, the standard EMS package included other tools as well, including System Center Configuration, Endpoint Protection, and Windows Intune Cloud Service.

Equalizing the environment

Microsoft Enterprise MobilityMicrosoft Enterprise Mobility Suite provided a level playing ground across various platforms thanks to its in-depth settings management. More importantly, policies could be applied to numerous operating systems and multiple devices to meet the compliance requirements.

The product facilitated the unified management of on-premises and cloud-based devices. Another way EMS helps create an equal environment is Windows Intune. The IT industry uses Windows Intune to spread its System Center configuration manager and support the cloud management of different devices with the same administration code, where apps are deployed to users with varying devices.

Reliability and security

EMS has been developed in such a way that it provides the highest level of security to companies, identifying all kinds of threats before they can cause any damage to the business output. Thanks to this tool, access is given only to the authorized few. And no, Nina Myers from “24: is not one of them! And neither is Riley from “Fast & Furious 6”! You have to be trustworthy – they were not!

The product safeguards work and corporate data, and encrypts files. If you are an administrator, you will enjoy access to even more powers, like conducting selective or full wipes and confiscating devices from systems.

Identity-driven security is something that EMS can provide your company with. This translates into comprehensive, intelligent protection against the most advanced attacks by hackers and other nefarious entities. EMS also gives a chance to gain selected cloud access.

Accessibility

Microsoft Enterprise MobilityMicrosoft has worked hard to keep EMS as simple and as uncluttered as possible. With this tool, you get as advertised. Setting up this solution is incredibly easy, and it is able to connect seamlessly to onsite data. The product is always up to date, and offers users a level of freedom that has rarely been seen before.

For example, operators can now access and collaborate on work on any device they want and enable access to various workplace resources, applications, and data from virtually anywhere, without compromising the security of the device.

Virtualization

EMS can help with the virtualization of your desktops. The result is that you will now be able to effectively deliver Windows desktops and applications across every single type of device, and manage them as well.

Enterprise Mobility Suite is a salient and sterling tool from Microsoft that seeks to further the cause of digital transformation through freedom while ensuring peace of mind.

This holistic, identity-driven protection helps secure data from attacks on different levels using identity-driven, innovative security methods. EMS offers productivity without any compromise, and has contingencies for comprehensive, flexible solutions. So when a company works with EMS, it knows it is working with the best in the enterprise technology sector.

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