Unified Device Management with Windows Intune in Response to BYOD

Many corporate employees belong to the digital generation, digital natives, who with their enthusiasm for technology tend to favor a growing pace of work, but also the merger of work and leisure, and prefer a smart device instead of a company car. “Consumerization of IT” thus has a significant influence on the distribution of mobile devices in companies. This poses a major challenge for IT administrators: on the one hand, they have to meet the needs of employees for a technically modern working environment, and on the other, they also have to meet corporate security and administration requirements.

They are almost between the fronts or – a bit softened formulated – between the different expectations. Above all, users of IT want an increase in their productivity. You want to be able to access corporate data and applications – anytime, anywhere. They want to be free to choose their own devices, or they may also use private devices, which often have a higher technology level than those used in the company, at the workplace (Bring Your Own Device – BYOD). On the other side is corporate IT with its special requirements for security and compliance. New technologies should be quick and easy to deploy, provide flexibility, provide support, ensure security and compliance, and operate cost-effectively.

Unified Device Management with Windows Intune

Microsoft has unified device management to the extent that users have device and platform-independent access to their data and applications and appscan install yourself. On the other hand, the IT administration infrastructure has been standardized to the extent that all devices are managed via a central console, a user-oriented provision of apps and integrated security and compliance solutions are possible. With the availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Microsoft has unified its systems management solutions for managing hybrid infrastructures and mobile devices, Windows 8 PCs, Windows Phone as well as devices from Apple or Android-based platforms, by integrating the Windows Intune cloud service into the central administration. The Cloud Service feature update and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 now allows enterprise customers to centrally manage a wide range of PCs,

The enhancements to the system management solutions have only now enabled true unified device management, said Adrian Michels, Optimized Desktop Specialist at Microsoft, during the presentation of the innovations. With the feature update of the Windows Intune cloud service and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, enterprise customers could centrally manage a wide range of PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. The clou: The simplified administration beyond the platform boundaries is on the one hand as usual locally possible or – and this is the new – via the web-based console (see Fig. 1). With only one management console, IT organizations could tackle the challenges of BYOD, Michels said.

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