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Is Microsoft Intune the New Guiding Star for Enterprise Mobility Management?

This is the first time I’m writing a blog post about a webinar, but I have a good reason for it. Normally, our hopes are that you’ll find the insights you need in the webinar and strike up a conversation with us if you have further questions.

I wanted to shed some light on a recent webinar from our 10 Minutes with Tangoe series lead by Alex Fajerman, one of our senior Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) engineers. His “Considering Microsoft Intune?” webinar was a standout for 2 reasons in particular:

  1. This was one of our more popular webinars, both by number of registrants, and also by the percentage that showed up to listen live. (Anyone who puts on webinars understands the registration to viewers ratio is always a tell-tale sign of the importance of your topic).
  2. The Intune migration topic seems to be gaining steam with our customer base and the overall EMM market.

Up until recently, Microsoft Intune was considered an also-ran in the Mobile Device Management (MDM)/EMM space. It all began with their classic portal in 2011 that was difficult to use and lacked customization.  But, they now have come a long way with their Azure portal, which went live in 2017.

Microsoft has turned the page and is now a key player (competitor!) in the EMM space with this new platform.  There are a lot of updates and capabilities to thank for this shift:

  • More robust and full-featured than the classic portal
  • Integrated into Azure cloud services
  • Very light on-premises requirements
  • Works directly with Azure resources
  • Active Directory for user authentication, groups, and security
  • Office 365 for mail, apps and app deployment, App Protection policies for Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
  • Conditional access policies to manage access to O365 resources (mail, SharePoint etc.)

For me, though, the key differentiator is the integration with Azure and Office 365, 2 business solutions used by most large organizations.  This integration gives the impression to a lot of these organizations of Microsoft Intune being “free” as the Azure Intune Portal could be included in their O365 license.

I asked Alex the other day his thoughts on Intune vs. the other major MDM/EMM players, he indicated that “moving to Intune from another MDM is a chance to simplify your approach to managing and deploying mobile devices.” Alex also hit on the key opportunity this shift offers enterprises for streamlining and consolidating security policies as well best practices. Enterprises can also shore up common pain points such as users not wanting to enroll, complicated enrollment steps or overly-restrictive policies. He emphasized that these steps can make a difference in getting more users to enroll while helping to maintain the security and reliability of your mobile environment and your data.

The trick though is making sure Microsoft Intune is a good fit for your organization. And as you might have guessed we have the recommendations you need to inform this decision in our webinar, which you can access on-demand right now.

The webinar is only 10 minutes long but chock full of information so be ready to take notes and feel free to reach out to our team with any questions or comments!