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Empowering enterprise mobility

Nobody said being an IT Professional was easy. And now with the increased use of mobile devices, a proliferation of apps, and users’ expectations to access company data from virtually anywhere, there's more than ever to deal with. IT needs a reliable, complete and efficient solution that takes a people-centric approach to the management of users, their devices and the protection of corporate data. Microsoft has solutions to help organisations harness the power of enterprise mobility, without unnecessary risk or complexity.

We help businesses:

  • Keep end users productive
  • Help with data protection and compliance
  • Unify the environment to drive efficiency
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Introducing the Master of Mobility from Microsoft

Expectations of technology and IT are changing

How can IT provide a consistent and personalised experience for users across a wide range of devices?

How does IT help to keep corporate information protected?

How are these two requirements achieved without adding unrealistic cost and complexity to the business?

Microsoft has solutions to enable enterprise mobility:

  • Hybrid identity management
  • Mobile device management
  • Access and information protection
  • Desktop virtualisation
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Hybrid identity management

With hybrid identity, Microsoft is combining its rich history in identity management from Windows Server Active Directory and Forefront Identity Manager to include cloud-based identity and access management solutions on Azure Active Directory, which drives greater efficiency and unifies the management environment.

Users do not like having to enter multiple login credentials to access the files and data they need to get work done. Beyond user annoyance, the need for multiple authentications can lead to the unsafe practice of post-it notes with a not-so-encrypted list of all the required login IDs and their associated passwords.

Hybrid identity management keeps users productive by providing them with a single sign-on for all their corporate resources. This means that when they can use one set of login credentials to access their company’s line-of-business apps, Microsoft cloud applications, and third-party SaaS apps.

Fewer passwords, means less risk of users losing or forgetting passwords – or creating lists for the world to see. And even if users do forget, they can securely reset passwords themselves, meaning one less task for the IT helpdesk. Happy users. Happy IT.

Hybrid identity provides a rich set of management tools that let IT track usage patterns and identify anomalies. “Did Joe just try to login via his PC in the office in New York while simultaneously trying to access a sensitive file from his tablet in Geneva?” By treating Joe as a single user, versus having a PC version of Joe and a tablet version of Joe, IT is able to better protect corporate data and assets.

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Mobile device management

Users want to use the devices they love, whether it’s the device with the best camera, the device with the largest screen, the biggest this or the thinnest that. But to be really useful, the device needs access to apps and data – wherever the device and its user happen to be. Mobile device management, provides IT with a solution that helps keep users and their devices well managed whether in the office, at home or roaming the world.

Users need access to apps on their devices. IT can use unified device management to create a company portal with applications targeted to users and their devices. Users can then visit the company portal to self-install approved apps, reducing the burden on IT.

Users sometime lose or misplace their devices. They can use the company portal to selectively wipe corporate data from devices that are missing, ensuring sensitive information doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

And mobile device management integrates the management of PCs and mobile devices into a single console, making common tasks such as applying security updates or inventory management a far more efficient task for IT.

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Access and information protection

It is likely that most business users have two or more devices to do their work. A user may be working on a document in the office on their PC and later that day need to access the same document from a client’s network via a tablet.

It’s also possible that IT may not want to make every corporate asset available to every user on any device. Access and information protection enables users to enroll their device using Workplace Join, making it possible to access corporate data from a personally owned device. The solution also allows users to sync data to work folders which then makes files available to any device. Happy, efficient user.

IT can protect sensitive information using Microsoft Rights Management, and can apply intelligent policies that may allow a user to access a sensitive file on a PC while on the corporate network, but would restrict access to that file by the same user from a personal smartphone. Happy, safe IT.

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Desktop virtualisation

For certain scenarios, storing data on a user’s device may not be ideal or practical. Desktop virtualisation provides a secure solution for end users and IT, where data and applications are centralised in the datacenter so the risk from lost and stolen devices is reduced.

Desktop virtualisation provides a rich user experience across devices and simplifies management with a single console – all at a great value. People can be productive using a familiar interface to the applications they know and love while IT maintains data compliance.

The Microsoft solution gives IT the freedom to choose between personal or pooled virtual desktops as well as session-based desktops and applications so IT can customise the implementation to meet its organisation’s needs.

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Toyota deploys cloud-based PC management tool


Automotive retailer avoids $1.3 million in IT costs with cloud-based PC management tool

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) had no tools to manage 3,500 car-diagnostic PCs running outside the corporate domain at 3,000 dealerships. TME chose Microsoft Intune to manage the PCs remotely from a web-based console. It can standardise software deployments to ensure consistent customer service and enhance the security of managed computers to reduce downtime at dealerships. Remote assistance capabilities will also help reduce on-site support costs.

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