It’s nearly impossible to do business these days without mobile devices. And why would you? They make innumerable tasks easier and, with their anytime, anywhere accessibility and on-the-go functionality, they can help most workforces achieve greater productivity. But those benefits come at a cost — and not just to attention spans and work-life balances.
In a previous blog post, we discussed how mobile devices come with their own unique set of security concerns. How do you make sure that the data your widely dispersed team accesses and shares — out in the field or at home, across a wide range of devices and operating systems — stays secure? How do you manage what devices and which individuals are able to access internal networks?
If any of these questions have been at the top of your mind lately, or if our last post on the subject piqued your interest, you’re the perfect candidate to begin exploring Microsoft Intune. Microsoft Intune is a powerful enterprise mobility management (EMM) system with enough flexibility and ease-of-use to readily cover most business’s mobile device management (MDM) needs. Let’s take a look in more detail at other factors that make it the right choice for you, right now.
You’re already using Microsoft platforms
One reason Intune is such a ready fit for most companies is the ubiquity of Microsoft Office 365 and other Microsoft software in the business world. Why change a good thing, right? Intune integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Azure and Office 365, so if you’re already using either of those, it’s a good choice for your business’s MDM. Intune grants users access to all the productivity apps they’re already using on their devices — and it works on just about any device and mobile OS.
Your employees love your bring your own device (BYOD) policy
Allowing your team to bring their own devices is great. It saves on capital outlay for the company, and it leverages the familiarity your employees already have with their native devices and mobile OSs. However, it can create huge security challenges. Integrated into Intune’s MDM offerings are options for device enrollment, analytics, and remote wipe functionality, which make implementing BYOD policies a breeze.
But Intune goes beyond that, securing company information down to the app level. Permissions for viewing, saving, editing, copying, pasting, and forwarding within apps can be completely controlled, and the controls can be set by group or tier down to the individual user. For the apps your employees use in their personal as well as professional lives, Intune helps you create separate, corporate identities, so their work accounts on those apps are completely siloed from their personal accounts.
You need a solution that’s affordable yet scalable
Like so many cloud services these days, Microsoft Intune is a subscription-based solution. You will be charged on a per-user/per-month basis, so you only pay for what you need. This keeps the program affordable, and it’s a model that’s both flexible and scalable enough to rapidly adapt to turnover or growth. Plus, you can cancel at any time.
Microsoft Intune is a good choice for any mobile-dependent business that needs a secure and easy way to manage the devices of its employees. Do you need mobile management? If you’re still not sure what Intune can do for you, or if you’re looking for other options out there, our experts are happy to consult with you. Contact us at [email protected] today.