Intune is Microsoft’s answer to mobile device management for your business. It’s a cloud-based tool that allows you to provide your employees with access to corporate applications, data and resources from the device of their (or your) choice. Office 365 does come with a built in mobile device management (MDM) tool so why bother with an extra subscription to Intune, right? There are some real advantages to going with a separate service for managing your devices, and Intune really covers the whole spectrum of needs for your business, rather than the bare minimum provided by the built-in service. Without further ado, here are our favorite reasons to go with Intune for your mobile management needs!

Top 10 Reasons to Use Microsoft Intune

1. No Need for Device Enrollment
2. Compatible Across All Devices
3. Give Employees Access to Business Apps
4. Centeralised Control
5. Security Management
6. Cloud Based
7. Better Control
8. Deploy Software and Updates
9. Meet Cyber Security Requirements
10. Enterprise Mobility + Security

1. No Need for Device Enrollment

Your IT department doesn’t need to handle every single BYO device to ensure it’s security. Intune enables you to create app protection policies so that you can protect your company data, without requiring employee devices to be fully managed or controlled by you.

2. Compatible Across All Devices

Although obviously a Microsoft product, you aren’t just restricted to Windows. Use Intune’s cloud-based management on all operating systems including Mac OS X, Android and iOS.

3. Give Employees Access to Business Apps

If you’ve created your own internal apps for business functionality, the good news is that Intune will work with you to give your employees access. Admins can deploy your internal line of business apps to all employees across all devices they may use for work purposes.

4. Centralised Control

Intune allows you to manage PCs from the cloud with no infrastructure required. Alternatively, you can connect Intune to the configuration manager to manage all of your devices including PCs, Macs, Linux and UNIX servers, and mobile devices from a single management console. With enrolled devices, admins can perform a number of security functions like remotely reset passcodes, lock or wipe devices, encrypt data and prevent features like cameras or network roaming.

5. Security Management

Microsoft Intune lets administrators implement WiFi profiles with pre-shared keys and resolve certificate chains without deploying certificates individually. In addition, they can deny access to specific apps or URLs. For example, they can restrict access to Exchange Online with device enrollment and compliance policies.

6. Cloud Based

With Intune being based in the cloud, you’re a step removed from needing to maintain on-premise servers, so you can focus on your business instead. Microsoft provides a globally scalable cloud architecture that is always up to date.

7. Better Control

Admins have a great deal of control across all users and devices, for more security and update management. Admins can use Microsoft Intune management to control computers running any version of Windows and can configure anti-malware, firewall policies, and update virus definitions. The best part is that Intune can also manage Office mobile apps meaning admins can restrict actions such as copy and paste, even if a user is trying to paste something into a personal app that IT has no jurisdiction over.

8. Deploy Software and Updates

Save time and headaches in your IT department with no need for dealing with each individual device for updates and software rollouts. Intune enables you to deploy software across all enrolled devices, as well as control updates so every user is running up-to-date apps and software. You can also track licensing, as well as collect information about hardware configurations and software installations on managed computers.

9. Meet Cyber Security Requirements

With extensive security controls and features that can be managed by approved administrators, Intune seamlessly enables you to meet your cyber security goals. With data protection, access restriction, encryption and anti-malware all manageable remotely from the admin console, you have a system that performs safely and securely without any extra work from you.

If you are having trouble working out your cyber security requirements start by checking out Understanding the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme.

10. Enterprise Mobility + Security

Intune has the advantage of being a part of the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security Suite which provides a level of integration that cannot be achieved by standalone products. The EMS suite is another one of Microsoft’s service packages, centred around mobile device management, apps and identity access management. It incorporates much more than just Intune, and can provide that balance between a great user experience and high level security.

Intune is the cloud-based solution for your mobile device management needs. Overall, it provides a much more in-depth function than the built-in MDM service within Office 365, and can also come as a part of the entire Enterprise Mobility + Security package, giving you seamless integration and comprehensive functionality.

With businesses relying on mobile devices more and more, as well as a more popular ‘bring your own device’ approach, you really need a tool that provides a fuller service without draining your time and resources. With remote configuration, device updating, security control and a simplified user experience, Intune really does all that, and makes the most sensible choice for managing your mobile business needs.

Businesses need to be cyber security resilient If your business requires assistance to get on top of your cyber security strategy have a chat with the team at Stanfield IT today.