The technology available to manage your work devices has improved dramatically over the past two decades. Gone are the days when all of your organisations IT kit were housed in the same building. Whilst the kit was in the same building, it was relatively easy to manage, maintain but it prevented the organisation being mobile and flexible.
The modern workplace can include devices based anywhere in the world. Remote teams can work from absolutely anywhere provided there is a stable internet connection. People also prefer to use multiple devices, such as tablets and phones to check their email or manage tasks.
A recent survey by Microsoft estimates that the majority of devices in use in the workplace are mobile devices. It is thought that they are handling over 80% of the workload! But what does this mean for security? Well, a device management solution is now essential.
At Dara IT, we encourage our customers to use the Microsoft Intune Suite. It includes several must have features into a single platform. If you are wondering whether it is worth taking the plunge, then read on as we uncover the what, the why and the how this cloud-based management solution is a must have solutions for your organisation.
What is Microsoft Intune Suite?
First things first, what is Microsoft Intune? It’s a software tool that helps you manage your company’s devices and apps all in one place. Whether your employees use PCs, Macs, smartphones, or tablets, Intune’s got your back.
Microsoft has been hard at work improving Intune and the latest version brings some exciting new features to the table.
The core capabilities of Microsoft Intune include:
- Cross-platform endpoint management
- Built-in endpoint security
- Mobile application management
- Endpoint analytics
- Microsoft Configuration Manager
Here’s a comparison of the subscription options you now have with Intune:
- Microsoft Intune Plan 1: Microsoft Intune core capabilities are included with various subscriptions. (Microsoft 365 E3, E5, F1, and F3; Enterprise Mobility + Security E3 and E5; and Business Premium plans)
- Microsoft Intune Plan 2: An add-on to Microsoft Intune Plan 1. It offers advanced endpoint management capabilities.
- Microsoft Intune Suite: An add-on to Microsoft Intune Plan 1. Includes:
- Plan 2 features
- Microsoft Intune Remote Help
- Microsoft Intune Endpoint Privilege Management
- Microsoft Tunnel for Mobile Application Management
- Management of specialty devices
- Select Microsoft Intune advanced endpoint analytics features.
Advantages of Subscribing
So, should you subscribe or upgrade to the suite? Before you rush in, let’s consider some key factors to help you decide if it’s the right move for your organisation. First the advantages of subscribing.
Streamlined Device Management
We all know how chaotic device management can get. With the new Intune Suite, you get a centralised dashboard. It gives you full control over your devices.
You can set up policies and enforce security measures. You can even wipe data remotely if needed. Plus, it’s compatible with both Windows and macOS. So, you won’t have to worry about compatibility issues.
Provide Secure Helpdesk Support
Keep your employees productive by giving them help when they need it. Intune Suite includes Microsoft Intune Remote Help. This feature allows you to deliver simple and secure help to your team anywhere, anytime.
The platform reinforces a Zero Trust security model. It also enables fast response to issues. You can address employee device roadblocks no matter where your team is working.
Enhanced Security and Compliance
Data breaches and cyberattacks are real threats to businesses of all sizes. With Intune’s advanced security features, you can breathe a little easier. It offers robust encryption and secure access controls. Including the ability to quarantine risky devices.
Do you deal with sensitive information or have compliance requirements? Intune has got you covered with its auditing and reporting capabilities.
App Management Made Easy
Applications are the lifeblood of modern businesses, and Intune understands that. With its app management features, you can do a lot. Including easily deploying, updating, and retiring applications across all devices.
Intune keeps everyone organised and on the same page. Whether your team is using Microsoft 365 apps or third-party software.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies have become a popular trend in the corporate and education sectors. If your organisation is open to BYOD, Intune can be a game-changer. It enables you to separate personal and the organisations data on employee devices. This helps ensure that sensitive company information remains secure.
The Intune Suite includes Microsoft Tunnel for Mobile App Management. This lightweight VPN solution connects business resources from personal iOS and Android devices. Device enrollment is not required. So, employees can have quick and secure access to company resources when needed.
Scalability and Cost-Effectiveness
As your organisation grows, so do your tech needs. Thankfully, Intune scales effortlessly, accommodating new devices and users without breaking a sweat. Plus, it operates on a subscription-based model, allowing you to pay for only what you need. No more hefty upfront costs, just a predictable monthly fee.
What Do You Need to Consider?
Alright, those are some pretty compelling reasons to consider Microsoft Intune Suite. But let’s take a moment to address some potential downsides you need to consider as well.
One common concern is the learning curve. If your team uses a different management solution, they might need some time to get the hang of Intune. Luckily, we can help you with training and support to ensure a smooth shift.
Do You Have Legacy Systems?
Does your organisation rely on legacy systems or run a large number of on-premises servers? Then integrating Intune into your existing setup may take some extra effort. It’s essential to assess your current infrastructure and compatibility requirements before diving in.
Do You Need Help Improving Security & Operations by Properly Managing Endpoints
Upgrading to the new Microsoft Intune Suite could be a game-changer for your organisation . But it’s crucial to carefully evaluate your specific needs. We can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your unique business goals.
Why not schedule a 15-minute no-obligation conversation with our team today to see how we can help.
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