Recently, Microsoft introduced a new suite of products designed to help organizations better manage their mobile environments.  It’s called Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).

Today I’m going to share details on the products it includes.  I’d also like to share how these products can help IT gain more control and save headaches during our rapidly growing mobile device era.  But first, for the benefit of the reader, let’s define what I mean by “mobile device.”

For the purpose of this blog post, mobile device refers to any device supplied by your organization, or allowed through a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy that enables an end user remote access to an organization’s network, email servers, applications, etc.

Examples of mobile devices may include smart phones and tablets.  For instance, I’m writing this blog from my Microsoft Surface tablet while in flight from Atlanta to Chicago.  My Surface tablet would qualify as a mobile device.

Comprehensive Cloud Solution

The EMS Suite includes three products:  Azure Active Directory Premium, Windows Intune and Azure Rights Management Service.  Each product is designed to offer IT better control of its hybrid environment, while allowing end users the flexibility to work from devices that are most convenient.

Azure AD Premium provides a connection between AD and Azure AD in order to provide a common identity across the multiple devices an end user may be using.  In short, it allows for single sign-on across multiple devices and provides IT with group-based provisioning capabilities.  It also includes multifactor authentication and self-service password reset.

Windows Intune is Microsoft’s mobile device management (MDM) solution.  It allows IT the ability to centrally manage its organizations mobile devices including management of applications available to these devices.  Windows Intune also allows organizations to protect sensitive data through features such as selective wipe, in the event one of these mobile devices is lost, stolen, or an employee leaves the company.  Lastly, Azure Rights Management Service serves as a layer of data protection for your organization’s cloud or hybrid model and allows for connection to on-premises applications such as Exchange and SharePoint.

Enterprise Mobility Suite is currently only available to Microsoft Enterprise Agreement customers (EA, EAS, ESS).  Licensing prerequisites include having active Software Assurance on Microsoft’s Core CAL Suite, Enterprise CAL Suite or Bridge CAL.  It is available as an Add-On to these products or through the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS).

See the recently announced ECS details in Max Alschlager’s blog post.

Microsoft is currently running a promotion through December 31st, 2014. It provides qualified customers with a 40% price discount off the standard monthly price. Contact your CDW account manager for more details.

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