Microsoft’s infrastructure IT software called Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) is the cornerstone of identity management. This intuitive software bundles together an Azure Active Directory premium account, Intune and Azure Rights management, all of which are explained below. This triad of features can extend the limits of the workplace, and an Affirma Azure consultant can help you seamlessly implement EMS with your existing databases.
Azure Active Directory (AAD) Premium Account
In addition to being a directory that contains all employee information that can be stored either on-premise or in the cloud, AAD has innate compatibility with (Software as a Service) online applications. With cloud-computing functionality, users can sign into their AAD premium account from anywhere at any time to use SaaS applications. Here is an example illustrating SaaS integration with AAD: A company’s social media manager is on vacation for a few weeks and needs to transfer administrative rights to a team of other employees. Rather than providing all of these people with individual sign-in credentials to the company’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter sites, they sign in to their Azure account, and after being granted user permission, have temporary administrative access to the accounts. This eliminates the hassle of needing to personally change the sign-in credentials and notify every administrator of the change.
With cloud-computing functionality now available to users, Microsoft’s Intune is an IT mobile management tool that opens the door for multi-platform access via mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. IT administrators can use Intune to grant access to specific features of applications, and should a device be lost or stolen, sensitive information can be instantly wiped via a separate device that shares the same account.
Azure Rights Management
Today, data-securitization has become a mission-critical issue that, for many companies, has taken on boardroom-level importance. The Azure Rights Management program serves as an air-tight auditor of all sign-in activities. In short, any kind of suspicious sign-in activity is instantly reported to Azure Right Management users. Taking into account geographic location, IP address source and number of failed sign-in attempts, Azure Rights Management helps ensure that a company’s employees are the only ones accessing proprietary information and applications, and no one else. More recently, Microsoft also added another similar feature to EMS called Advanced Threat Analytics, a machine learning program taught to detect irregular client interactions.
Are you looking to transition to the cloud with AAD? Would you like to utilize mobile identity management tools like Intune? If so, contact an Affirma Azure consultant or infrastructure IT consultant for a free consultation. If purchased separately, the total price of these three packages would amount to $14/mo per user, but EMS is only $7.50/mo per user. Simply purchasing this bundle, however, may not be enough. While this package can help accelerate a business’s objectives, it can only deliver maximum value if you know exactly how to implement it with your current databases. Not coincidentally, EMS is easily integrated with other Microsoft offerings like Office 365, SharePoint Online and Microsoft Exchange online. With the help of an Affirma Azure consultant, this bundle can deliver far more ROI than the monthly $7.50 per user cost might otherwise indicate.