Microsoft successfully launched its cloud-based client management system, Windows Intune, in the summer of 2011. Now that it’s been in the hands of small and medium-sized companies for some time, some solid business use cases are emerging.
Eric Main, director of Windows Enterprise Marketing, outlines four specific use cases that he thinks are best poised to take advantage of the easy-to-use, flexible desktop management capabilities provided by Windows Intune.
Organizations with groups of field, off-network and contract employees who are full-time, or have groups of roaming employees who are using corporate PCs that don’t frequently connect to the corporate network, are finding that Windows Intune helps them secure and manage groups of PCs that would otherwise be less secure and not up-to-date.
The “bring-your-own” device trend is another case where people use their computers for both work and personal use and bring their own PCs into the work environment. Windows Intune helps the IT staff simplify management for these PCs, and employees are happy and able to stay productive with their choice computers.
Companies with limited IT resources. A lot of IT departments have limited manpower to deploy and manage on-premise solutions and configure internet-facing infrastructures to manage from anywhere. Windows Intune is simple and quick to set up for IT staff and can be used right away to manage both corporate and mobile PCs.
Companies that do frequent mergers and acquisitions. These organizations need a solution that can be set up very quickly, rolling out management and security to the acquired company rapidly and efficiently.
Has your company deployed Windows Intune? What cases do you find it most useful for?