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What is Microsoft Intune?

In the current business environment, many enterprises face Mobility challenges. The work requires that employees have endless accessibility and mobility. They don't want their work to be limited to their desk. They want to be Productive across a variety of devices with constant access to the applications that they need. To this end, Microsoft has upped its Cloud Service portfolio with the inclusion of Microsoft Endpoint Manager aka Microsoft Intune to enable and empower Businesses to leverage mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC Management capabilities. By using Office 365, organizations can provide the employee's access to Data, Resources, and corporate Applications from virtually anywhere to almost all devices, whilst ensuring that the data remains safe and secure.

Microsoft Endpoint Management solution aka Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based unified management solution for mobile devices and operating systems. The aim is to protect the corporate data on both corporate and BYOD equipment. The Microsoft solution includes the services and tools you may use to manage and monitor mobile devices, desktops, laptops, etc.


Intune is now Microsoft Endpoint Manager

After retiring hybrid MDM Microsoft introduces a new combination for co-management which is Intune plus Configuration Manager and this combination is known as Microsoft Endpoint Manager.


Benefits of Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune is helping you keep your sensitive data secure while staying productive. You can setup policies to control access to your corporate data. It provides you flexibility and control for securing your data, no matter whose device it is in.


13 Core benefits of Microsoft Intune


Secure Devices


Choice of Multiple Devices

It helps provides employees with the ability to enroll, register, and consequently manage their devices. It also helps to install corporate applications from the self-service Company Portal – all onto the device of their choice.


Unparalleled Management of Office Mobile Apps

It maximizes productivity by enabling the organization's employees to have access to corporate resources.


Advanced Endpoint Analytics

With the help of integrated endpoint analytics, you can track and improve the progress of your organization to achieve your goal.


Data Protection

It helps keep Data safe based on device enrollment and compliance policies set by the administrator. No matter, whether the Data accessed is via the Exchange email, Outlook email, OneDrive for Business Documents, or wherever.


Maximize return on investment

Get the most value from your Microsoft 365 integrated solution when you use the latest cloud features to help protect users’ privacy and your organization’s data and assets.


Monitor Mobile Devices and Computers

It helps create notification alerts whenever there is a problem with any device. It also has trigger E-mail notifications so that the right people are informed are immediately made aware of the problem.


No Infrastructure Required

It helps eliminate the need to plan, purchase, and maintain hardware and infrastructure because the mobile devices are easily manageable from the Cloud because of Endpoint Management.


Flexible licensing

The licensing plans are based on per-user basis instead of on the number of devices so it doesn’t really matter if an employee accesses 2 devices or 10. Enterprise Mobility Suite also contains Intune; an extremely cost-effective way to acquire Endpoint Management, Azure Active Directory Premium, and Azure Rights Management. The users can also get significant discounts, almost around 50%, when buying the suite over the standalone service.


Available in Multiple Languages

Microsoft has made sure the availability of Microsoft Endpoint Manager in more than 20 different languages to cater to a large and varied customer base.


Supports Multiple Mobile Operating Systems

It supports the Mobile device Management of Windows, MacOS, IPadOS, Linux, Android, iOS devices, as well as Windows Phone devices.


Global Presence with 24/7 Support

With 24/7 support available with every EMS subscription to answers any questions or issues that may arise, all problems are easily resolvable.


Conditional Access

Using conditional access, you can control the devices and applications access your data. You may define the conditions if the device the specific conditions only then it will get access.

For example:

  • If a device is trying to get company data but there is no antivirus installed on that device, you can block access of that device until he fulfills the requirement.
  • You may block access to the data from personal devices.

Creates barrier

Intune app always keep personal data and corporate data separate. Organization has the authority to remove only the corporate data or wipe the device completely. It depends on enrolment type.


3 Stages of Cloud Management Journey

Enterprise Mobility Management shows the three stages of the cloud management journey using Configuration Manager and Intune in a single, unified endpoint management solution.

  • The first stage uses tenant-attach capabilities that provide the most flexible path for Configuration Manager customers to start gaining cloud benefits without necessarily enrolling their Windows clients with Intune. Simply connect the Configuration Manager site to the cloud and gain access to a host of remote actions and analytics.
  • Organizations ready for the next step can use co-management to manage Windows using both Configuration Manager and Intune. The Windows 10 device is managed by both Configuration Manager and mobile device management (MDM) systems in the second stage.
  • Microsoft recommends new customers to go directly to the cloud with Intune. Existing customers can gradually move more workloads to the cloud in the third stage.

Please see the screenshot below to understand how the software works now:

Microsoft Endpoint manager


Conclusion

Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that focuses on mobile device management (MDM) and mobile app management (MAM). You control how your organization's devices are used with Identity management, including corporate devices, mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. You can also configure specific security policies to control applications. Though it is a cloud-based management tool, you can also connect it with your Exchange On-prem or Skype for business on-prem servers using hybrid modern authentication (HMA). Besides the benefits of Endpoint Manager, Microsoft also keeps adding an improved, updated version to Endpoint Management on a rolling basis. Therefore, you can certainly expect Endpoint Management to become even better with time. For more information about Endpoint Management and App protection policies, please feel free to Contact us at Communication Square as a Microsoft Gold Partner can offer your assistance in not only understanding the system. But it also helps in Deploying to enable users to take full Benefit from the features provided by its subscription service.


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(Last Updated On: September 15, 2021)

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About the Author

With a Master’s degree in Information System’s from Griffith University, Awais took up technology to explore his passion for cloud computing and IT security. He has a love for challenges and is fervent about his work.

Awais Khalid

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