Tools & products

Select the right tools and products to support your SAM strategy.

It is important to choose inventory and management tools that are capable of collecting all the required data points to gain a clear picture of the software assets that you have deployed.

  • Choosing the
    right tool
  • Microsoft Enterprise
    Mobility Suite (EMS)
  • Microsoft
  • Microsoft Assessment and
    Planning (MAP) Toolkit
  • System Center
    Configuration Manager
Things to consider when choosing the right tool

Here are some things to consider when choosing inventory and management tools.

Size and the complexity of your organization Multiple tools may be needed to collect from various data sourcesCapable of collecting relevant user and device access dataAbility to deploy and monitor a tool remotely or on-premisesAbility to gather data for all devices that connect to the network remotelyHow the inventory tool is licensed

Find resources on how to choose the right tool for your organization’s needs

Identity + mobile management + security

Software asset management is easier with Microsoft EMS. Keep your company data protected while your employees stay productive on their favorite apps and devices.

Windows 10 is better with EMS

Windows 10 is the best Windows operating system released so far and provides a foundation for protection against modern threats and continuous management while enabling your users to be more productive. To get the most out of your mobile security and productivity strategy, integrate the Microsoft EMS with Windows 10 for greater protection of users, devices, apps, and data.

Our enterprise-grade security

Threat detection: Detect abnormal user behavior, suspicious activities, known malicious attacks and security issues right away.
Conditional access: Control access to applications and other corporate resources like email and files with policy-based conditions that evaluate criteria such as device health, user location, etc. Single sign-on: Sign in once to cloud and on-premises web apps from any device. Pre-integrated support for Salesforce, Concur, Workday, and thousands more popular SaaS apps.

We are more integrated and flexible

Our solutions run in the cloud and work seamlessly with your on-premises investments—taking the worry out of scale, maintenance, and updates.

Our cloud-first approach provides an integrated set of solutions that are designed to work together from the ground up, avoiding the need for costly and complicated integration efforts across point capabilities. It is the fastest and most cost-effective way to meet new business challenges and accommodate new devices, new apps, and new hires.

Better Office integration

Microsoft EMS integrates deeply with Microsoft Office. We are the only solution that brings managed mobile productivity with Microsoft Office across devices enabling you to easily protect email and other sensitive corporate data on mobile devices—without bogging down workers.

Learn more about Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite

Simplify management of apps & devices

Microsoft Intune provides mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC management capabilities from the cloud. Intune supports SAM policies by keeping corporate information secure while providing your employees with access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device.

Device choice

Provide IT with the ability to control registration, enrollment, and management of employee devices as well as the installation of corporate applications from the self-service Company Portal.

Modern BYOD

Utilize Mobile Application Management (MAM) without requiring the device to be enrolled for management. This is particularly important for BYOD scenarios where IT wants to keep corporate data safe but doesn’t want to risk intruding on a user’s personal life.

No infrastructure required

Eliminate the need to plan, purchase, and maintain hardware and infrastructure by managing mobile devices from the cloud with Intune.

Unparalleled management of Office mobile apps

Maximize mobile productivity for your employees with access to corporate resources on Office mobile apps they know and love. Keep your corporate data safe by preventing leakage of company data all without intruding on user’s personal devices.

Data protection

Secure corporate data, including Exchange email, Outlook email, and OneDrive for Business documents, based on the enrollment status of the device and the compliance policies set by the administrator.

Integration with System Center Configuration Manager

Extend your existing System Center Configuration Manager infrastructure through integration with Intune to provide a consistent management experience across devices on-premises and in the cloud.

Learn more about Microsoft Intune

Make it easy to inventory and assess your IT infrastructure and determine the right technologies.

The MAP Toolkit is a FREE, agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments.

MAP Toolkit capabilities

The MAP Toolkit inventories computer hardware, software, and operating systems in small or large IT environments without needing to install software on the target computers. The data and analysis provided by the MAP toolkit can help streamline the planning process for software migration, help assess device driver availability, and allow you to make hardware upgrade recommendations. The MAP Toolkit also gathers performance metrics from computers you are considering for virtualization and includes a feature to model a library of potential host and storage hardware configurations.

MAP Toolkit benefits

The MAP Toolkit is used for multi-product assessment and planning. It assesses a network environment using agentless data collection technologies to gather inventory and performance information. Then provides assessment reports to aid organizations with their IT infrastructure planning. The main areas of planning covered by MAP:

Migration planningConsolidation/virtualizationPrivate/public cloud planningSoftware usage tracking

The MAP Toolkit is a FREE download from Microsoft. To download the current version and learn more about MAP: Visit the MAP Toolkit site

Increase productivity and efficiency

System Center Configuration Manager supports an ongoing SAM management program by providing a unified management console with an automated set of administrative tools to deploy software, protect data, monitor health, and enforce compliance across all devices in an organization.

Key Features that support SAM

Windows 10 managementIn-console updatesApplication deliveryDevice managementVirtual desktop managementEndpoint ProtectionCompliance and settings managementSoftware update managementCentralized client power management toolsOperating system deploymentClient health and monitoringInventory tracking

Learn more about System Center Configuration Manager