Ensuring your IT team are ready to implement the many benefits of modern mobile management
Changes in the way that businesses and their staff use mobile devices – from mobile working to personal devices in the workplace – are forcing changes in the way that IT teams manage them.
To help with managing mobile devices, while keeping up with rapid changes in operating systems, devices and supporting technologies, Bringing together best practices, strategies and cloud-based tools from enterprise mobility management, security and MDM, modern management aims to give IT professionals the ability to manage enterprise mobile devices with relative ease.
Modern management can bring many advantages to a busy IT team, and in this post, we’ll take a look at making sure your team is ready.
Understanding Modern Management
Modern Management reimagines the approach to device, application and user management, taking advantage of cloud technologies to provide a new approach to configuration, control and security.
Users and their devices are more mobile than ever and the traditional ‘Fortress Office’ approach is no longer fit for purpose. By taking advantage of this new approach it is possible to provision, configure and maintain your estate regardless of location, to provide a simplified and cost-effective alternative to
As a whole, the modern management approach allows for much more flexibility and efficiency than previous traditional methods. If your IT team is frequently stretched, particularly by device management, it’s likely time to consider changing your approach.
Utilising Windows 10
The term ‘modern management’ was coined by Microsoft, and Windows 10 has been built with both mobility and MDM in mind.
Today, Microsoft provides a range of cloud-based tools (for example EM+S, which includes Intune and Office 365) for MDM. From device management and security controls through to application delivery, Microsoft has worked to make Windows 10 the obvious choice for IT teams moving towards a modern management strategy, simplifying the support and maintenance of devices, wherever they are.
That’s not to say you must re-engineer your entire end-user computing platform immediately. It’s also possible for businesses to slowly transition to a modern management approach, making use of cloud-based services gradually in areas that make the most business sense first.
For example, it is possible to integrate your existing System Center Configuration Manager environment with Microsoft Intune.
Microsoft calls this “co-management” and provides additional tools that help IT teams to converge their existing and future systems while avoiding conflict and keeping business productivity high. This can be beneficial for many IT teams considering making the move, providing access to new tools without the need to rapidly overhaul an entire business’s systems.
Rethinking Your Approach
Moving towards a modern management approach means rethinking the way that your team currently works. Not only do old systems need to be combined and moved over to new ways of working, but new and legacy devices alike need to be considered and managed.
Security is a key focus of the Windows platform, and adapting those features across a range of devices, both old and new, is a crucial consideration. Microsoft tools allow businesses to manage a wide range of devices and apply the same processes across them, allowing teams to make use of legacy devices and devices using different operating systems and versions.
Adapting your processes is critical to ensuring that you get the most out of your users, the devices they are using and the new features made available to you.
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