The Microsoft enterprise mobility suite influences the existing technology of an organization such that it allows different types of devices to be managed from a unified location using a single console and infrastructure. This is done by bringing together the Windows Intune cloud-based management and the onsite management of SCCM 2012 R2. Below is a review of the Microsoft enterprise mobility suite (EMS):
Key features and capabilities
The Microsoft EMS makes it possible for devices of all types (including mobile devices and PCs) to be managed from a similar environment. This puts any organization in a position to view and manage each and every device that is accessing their corporate resources. This solution has many benefits for any organization and these include:
It provides a unified management infrastructure which incorporates the service of Windows Intune web into the administrative infrastructure and console of the configuration manager.
It allows for the placement of VPN, Wi-Fi profiles and certificates, enabling people to easily get access to internal resources without them calling the help desk since IT has pre-configured Wi-Fi connectivity or VPN on their devices.
It provides a company portal, enabling users to install applications and software on their devices and also view and remove managed devices and be able to synchronize their work data. This provides a seamless experience in installing and discovering corporate applications all over their managed devices.
Compatibility and Integration
The Microsoft EMS consists of onsite management capabilities combined with its cloud-based capabilities of Azure rights management services for data protection, Windows Intune and Azure Active Directory for identity and access. This allows for an easy management of all Apple iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT devices. This integration gives the users a singles identity in all locations.
Management and Usability
The Microsoft EMS solution makes it possible to manage multiple devices from a unified location. Here,
Each device is associated with a given user so the applications are installed according to the needs of the user.
Devices are distinguished as personally or corporate owned and they are managed accordingly.
Typically, each device has its set of policies which keeps it in compliance with the legal and organizational requirements.
Each device has its lifecycle within the given organization which includes discovery or deployment, retirement and application provisioning.
Security and Privacy
SCCM and Windows Intune use jailbreak and/or root detection to detect any at-risk devices and then take necessary action (complete or selective wiping out). These make use of native management APIs to avoid any extra technology to the device, which could affect the user experience or performance.
In September 2014, Microsoft priced EMS at a monthly cost of $4 per user. After that, the standard pricing became a monthly fee of $6.50 per user. The alternative purchase options include:
User Subscription license which includes Endpoint protection, Windows Intune cloud service and system center configuration manager at a monthly fee of $6 per user. A single license can be used to manage up to 5 devices for a given user.
A Windows Intune User Subscription license, which is an add-on for Endpoint protection and system center configuration manager at a monthly fee of $4 per user. A single license can be used to manage up to 5 devices for a given user.