Microsoft moving EMS to Azure Portal helps company ‘blow past’ customer usage metrics

Microsoft is baking more of its enterprise mobility roles into the Azure Portal – and it means they have ‘blown past’ their usage metrics for the year.

The move, which has been made gradually over the past quarter, enables admins to operate Intune, Azure Information Protection, and Active Directory, all from one place. As an example video showed, admins can reset or remove data from devices that have fallen out of compliance, protect files, and more through a custom dashboard interface.

“Our goal with EMS has always been to empower IT with a holistic and innovative set of tools that protect at the user, device, app and data levels without compromising productivity – streamlining management of mobility and security workflows in the process,” wrote Andrew Conway, general manager of EMS product marketing in a company blog post.

“This is the driving force behind our move to a unified EMS admin experience, and we are sure that your IT organisation will reap the benefits.”

Another post this week, from vice president Brad Anderson, gave an insight into one Microsoft customer’s extensive device management specifications with Intune. The graphic (below), reveals the sheer number of devices a large organisation with a liberal view on BYOD will have to cater for, with the hundreds of boxes towards the bottom right naturally signifying the multiple flavours of Android:

Microsoft was placed in the ‘visionaries’ section of Gartner’s most recent enterprise mobility management (EMM) Magic Quadrant earlier this month, with the number of leaders going down to four, in VMware AirWatch, MobileIron, BlackBerry, and IBM. The company however did make the leaders’ zone for Access Management with Azure AD, the first of its kind.

Main picture credit: Microsoft

 

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