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Device Management | Comparing System Center Configuration Manager vs. Intune vs. Hybrid

Device Management | Comparing System Center Configuration Manager vs. Intune vs. Hybrid

In the modern workplace, chances are that your employees are using their in their own devices for work, which often results in unsecure access to company files. This creates a challenge because organizations need to be able to secure their company’s data on these devices without violating personal information. Also, if an employee leaves the organization, it’s important to have a means to avoid wiping their personal information from their devices.

With your company’s valuable data in mind, Microsoft has created two device management services that allow you to secure your organization’s data - no matter what device is being used. Microsoft Intune and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager are both good options for device management, but it can often be hard to determine which option is best for your business. Sometimes it’s better to run a hybrid of them both.

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Matt Scherocman

How Microsoft Solutions Can Help Identify Your Leaked Credentials

How Microsoft Solutions Can Help Identify Your Leaked Credentials

Hackers are dedicated to getting into and compromising your systems. They can use sophisticated coding techniques to get around or break through your security defenses. Unfortunately, many times that type of extensive effort isn’t necessary because organizations make it easy for hackers to steal credentials by failing to have adequate defenses in place.

Nearly two out of every three confirmed data breaches involve weak, default, or stolen passwords.1 In total, according to Microsoft, tens of millions of credentials are exposed every month and are added to growing lists on the dark web. These stolen user IDs and passwords are extremely valuable to cyber thieves since three of every four users re-use credentials across multiple sites and continue to use the same credentials for years.2

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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft EMS Case Study: Interlink Sets G&J Pepsi Free to Innovate, Collaborate and Grow

Microsoft EMS Case Study: Interlink Sets G&J Pepsi Free to Innovate, Collaborate and Grow

G&J Pepsi Cola is the largest family-owned and operated Pepsi franchise bottler in the United States. Over 1,000 of their 1,600 employees are made up of deskless workers, including drivers, salespeople, and merchandisers. Not yet utilizing mobile devices, this sizable workforce did their job based on paper marching orders each morning. Over time, these paper instructions became hefty books that field people lugged around and rummaged for information.

hybrid Use Benefit quoteRealizing the need for change, G&J transitioned from paper to electronic documents and outfitted its deskless workforce with Android smartphones. The move created hundreds of new, unsecure and unoptimized mobile endpoints.

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Here’s just a couple of ways Interlink used the full value of Microsoft enterprise cloud products to meet G&J’s business challenge.

  • Secured the Digital Link with Microsoft EMS
    Using Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), Interlink quickly secured 1,200 smartphones and tablets.

    With the mobile devices secure, G&J corporate offices, distribution centers, and field employees can now communicate and collaborate without having to worry about endpoint security. Management is free to share sensitive data in real time with other business units, decreasing data availability downtime while increasing efficiency of response to changes in operations.
  • Extended Microsoft EMS with Azure Active Directory Premium
    G&J uses several different applications across their IT infrastructure, all deployed with the challenge of needing to be secure and easily accessible. Using Azure Active Directory Premium, Interlink streamlined the management of these applications and improved the secure accessibility of multiple applications.

    By using a cloud-based single-sign-on (SSO), G&J consolidates application management and usage into one simple process. IT no longer needs to spend time and resources configuring multiple sets of credentials, and field employees never need to be concerned about not having access to their suite of third-party applications.

Read the full case study and see how Interlink met G&J Pepsi’s business mobility challenges with Interlink and Microsoft EMS.

hybrid Use Benefit case study

Contact us to show you how we can improve your collaboration, security, and mobility with Microsoft EMS too.  

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Matt Scherocman

Three Ways Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Has Changed Everything

Three Ways Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Has Changed Everything

Looking at how technology has evolved, the cloud has certainly changed everything in terms of how we do business and what’s expected of us as a company. The cloud has created a ton of benefits and possibilitieslike the promise for users to be able to work anywhere on any device. That flexibility also created several challenges. Those challenges include security, device management, and data protection.

 
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Matt Scherocman

What is Microsoft’s Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS)?

First and foremost, it’s a new licensing bundle of products from Microsoft. It can be hard to understand considering it is a bundle of bundles. Moving to the cloud from a traditional licensing plan can be confusing. We hope this brief overview gives you the highlights of this new option. We will look at what is in the ECS Suite, how it is the same, and how it is different than today’s enterprise desktop license model.  

 

 

Here are the four components of the ECS Suite:

 

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What are the benefits of the ECS Suite?

  • Simpler – One sku is licensed by user that includes the most popular cloud offerings.
  • Discounting – Microsoft puts a compelling discount onto the bundle versus purchasing the individual pieces.
  • Licensed by userWith the average employee using more devices for business like tablets, mobile phones, and even home PCs, licensing by user makes sense for most scenarios.  
  • Ability to decrease license count – In the crazy world of mergers and acquisitions, it is important for some organizations to be able to decrease their licensing headcount as their business changes.  Most ECS licensed agreements are able to have their quantity decreased “true down” on the anniversary of the agreement down to a minimum of 250 users.
  • Like all Microsoft agreements, customers have the ability to add licensing at any time.

 

In today’s model you have your CAL suite, plus Office and Windows.

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Tomorrow’s ECS plan encompasses the same items on the left now delivered in a cloud / user model with enhanced functionality.

 

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