Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite: More than a MDM solution
Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a crucial component of keeping data safe when it’s accessed from various devices and locations, and in use for more than the eight standard business hours of the day. When combining MDM with Identity and Access Management (IAM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), Rights Management (RM) and desktop virtualisation capabilities while managing all from a single console, that’s when you get a unified IT environment that’s true value for money.
And that’s what we believe Microsoft has done with Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). Microsoft combined Identity + Mobile Management + Security into a comprehensive productivity-first solution that enables South African enterprises to be mobile. Here’s how:
1. Identity-driven security: secure devices, apps, and data.
Microsoft integrated the sign-on authentication of over 2500 popular Software as a Service (SaaS) apps, like Salesforce, into a single sign-on experience. This means one username and one password per person for multiple Line of Business (LOB) applications.
2. Managed mobile productivity: access everything from anywhere, securely.
Separating personal and business data is crucial on any device that can connect to the organisation’s on-premise or cloud data centre. Even if your company’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) security policy is enforced, managing it from the same console as your other security policies is often not the case. This is where the Azure Rights Management and Azure RemoteApp components help to keep it all secure and simple.
3. Comprehensive solution: integrate with existing investments and saves you money
As a Microsoft solution, it integrates natively with the Office technology suite and the company’s Active Directory. EMS is well packaged in its features and well priced for its capabilities, especially when bundling the standalone offerings into a single, bundled purchase (standalone offerings could become twice as expensive when combined to deliver the same set of capabilities).