Microsoft Azure Partner Community: focus on EMS – Mobile Device Management


Nick Johnson - Microsoft US Partner Technology Strategist for Microsoft Azureby Nick Johnson, PMP – Partner Technology Strategist for Microsoft Azure

Part 3 of our blog series about Enterprise Mobility Suite. Read part 1, an introduction to EMS, here and part 2, about Azure Active Directory, here.

The Microsoft Azure Partner Technical Community is led by National Partner Technology Strategists from the Microsoft US Partner Team. Partner Technical Community activities include blog posts, discussions on Yammer, and community calls.

We’re continuing the September conversation about Enterprise Mobility Suite, leading up to next week’s US Azure Partner Technical Community call. In my first two posts, I introduced you to EMS and then took a look at one of the components of EMS, Azure Active Directory.

Today, let’s take a look at the next major piece of EMS, Mobile Device Management (MDM). Get an overview of MDM by watching the short video below.

How many of your customers are dealing with scenarios where users are trying to use their personal devices for work purposes? It certainly presents a new set of challenges very few of us were thinking about 5 years ago.

On one hand, when users can use a device they are most comfortable with, they will likely be more satisfied in their work. Add to that access to the apps and data they need on that device and productivity gets a boost.

On the other hand, access to company data and adherence to policy must be maintained. If a device is lost or stolen, or a user leaves the company, IT needs to be sure that the data is secure and access to the application is turned off.

These two scenarios used to be in conflict with one another, but that is no longer the case.

In Enterprise Mobility Suite, the device management is enabled through Windows Intune. Benefits of Windows Intune include:

  • Mobile application management across devices
  • Broad device support for Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Android devices
  • Selective wipe of apps and data for greater security (i.e., you can remove your company’s applications without touching the personal applications that the user had installed)
  • Integration with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
  • Use of the Company Portal App

If you have not tried Windows Intune, it is part of your core internal use rights as a partner with a gold or silver competency, and as a Microsoft Action Pack subscriber. You can also sign up for a 30-day trial and download evaluation and getting started guides here.

I’m looking forward to our discussion about EMS, Azure Active Directory, and Windows Intune, as well as showing you live demos, on our Azure Partner Technical Community call on September 18. Register today to join us!

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