Simon May

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Simon May

  • Last Week in Microsoft Enterprise Mobility, September 8 – 15

    EMM Strategy

    It’s time to get hands on with Enterprise Mobility, at least according to Brad Anderson (CVP Enterprise Mobility and Client Management at MSFT). Over the course of the past week Brad did some great posts to explain our vision

    Real Talk: It’s Time to Get Hands on with Enterprise Mobility

    Secure E-mail

    Episode One of the Endpoint Zone with Brad Anderson.

    Device Management

    Brad announced this week that Intune will support iOS8 on day zero (just as Apple announced new iPhones). What this means: unlike the solutions on the market (like Airwatch) that announced day One availability is you can already add an iOS8 device to Intune without having to apply any upgrades. So unlike with our competitors you won’t have to raise changes, organize a weekend upgrade etc. All the stuff that makes life as an admin bad goes away with Intune.


    Identity, Identity, Identity! Not sure how many times we can say this but identity is important. It’s important for end users but also for Admins and last week we released into preview RBAC: Roles based access control which lets you assign permissions to administrator roles inside Azure AD.

    Productivity (Office 365, OneDrive, Cloud Storage)

    Your personal OneDrive can now hold files up to 10gb in size each. Personally this is super cool for me, it means I can keep my favorite (eval) ISO files on my OneDrive and have them available everywhere I go.

    Gartner recognized Office 365 as a leader in their latest MQ for enterprise social. As always it makes me wonder why you’d even consider the niche point solutions that other MDM vendors knock out to “enable” mobile productivity.


    Apparently Apple announced last week…new iPhones with bigger screens are coming. So are Apple Watches. I’m not going to go into too much depth since the entire internet knows what they announced but Brad’s iOS8 zero day support post highlights some of the best things in iOS8 for enterprises.

    Microsoft also made some announcements in the previous week but I spotted Microsoft Screen Sharing. One of the things I get asked a lot is how to present directly from a mobile device and this is a great tool to present directly from a mobile device.

    Non-Microsoft stuff

    I love this post from David Johnson at Forrester:

    People are always asking me, “What can we do to help people do their very best work?”

    It’s from a great article that outlines why taking this type of approach seems to deliver far better results for a business. It’s something personally I think everyone working mobility should have internalized already.

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  • The Endpoint Zone with Brad Anderson (@InTheCloudMSFT)

    Enterprise Mobility is such a big deal here at Microsoft that we have one our senior leaders on the hook to make sure we deliver on our vision. That guy is Brad Anderson, CVP Enterprise Client and Mobility who’s taking time out with me to bring you a new show on enterprise mobility. Get Brad’s thoughts on iOS 8, Airwatch and VMwares announcements, what we are doing with secure email and hear from one of our customers about how we are making their mobility dreams come true!

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  • New Free Enterprise Mobility Course on MVA

    I’ve already said that productivity should be your enterprise mobility on-ramp, it’s really easy to take your Office 365 subscription and start to enable device management, access protection and identity management. I hit the Microsoft Virtual Academy studios recently to lay down a quick course on just that. You can take part in the course for free at Microsoft Virtual Academy.

    New Free Enterprise Mobility Course on MVA

    As you’ll see there are 8 modules in the course:

    • Course Introduction
    • Get More Information About Your Users
    • Make Your Users Safer
    • Ease Your Management Overhead
    • Get More Information About Cloud Apps
    • Get Control of Cloud Apps
    • Protect Your Customers’ Files: Wherever They Are
    • Give Your Users a Reason to Be Managed

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  • Last Week in Microsoft Enterprise Mobility: Sept 1st to 7th, 2014

    With IFA last week lots of this week’s news was driven around devices rather than the infrastructure to manage them. Some interesting form factors appeared (particularly the crazy curved Samsung device: just shows what we can do with glass today!). More interesting is the price point movement that IT should be keeping a watching brief over.

    Cloud Apps (SaaS)

    I present about EMS almost every week, as I do I continually go into the SaaS apps portal within Azure AD and add applications. Each time the number of apps available for me to connect with is leaping up. This week we announced that there are now over 50 apps supporting federation in Azure AD (as opposed to password vaulting) in our solution. Does your enterprise mobility solution instantly federate you with 50+ apps and over 2000 more?


    Last week was IFA in berlin and we announced a slew of devices including the Lumia 730, 735, 830 with great prices and specs. There were some other great devices announced from some of the leading enterprise hardware vendors too like this great HP ENVY (image below) but also some lower cost devices like the ones announced by Toshiba. As I look at these devices I’m seeing something of a pattern: quality devices that achieve business outcomes at more reasonable price points…I also see these price points driving more “disposability” within IT – which less face it needs to reduce the 3 year purchase cycle in order to stay apace of innovation. I’m also rather loving the gaming PCs produced by Lenovo.

    Last Week in Microsoft Enterprise Mobility: Sept 1st to 7th, 2014

    Virtual Desktops and Apps

    Brad Anderson this week posted about Azure RemoteApp a great piece of our mobility story that becomes really useful when you don’t have time or money to rebuild your apps for a modern platform or architecture, or where things are too bandwidth intensive. Of course it has other uses too.

    The philosophy behind Azure RemoteApp is simple: There are a lot of scenarios and industries where an app-based approach is more efficient than desktops

    Outside of Microsoft

    Finally I found this article about the Digital vs IT divide posing questions about is there a generational gap between IT leaders that defines company success. Very thought provoking.


    Box had their annual BoxWorks conference last week and they had Jared Leto on stage talking about how storage is empowering artists. The main thing to take away is how storage isn’t about storing your stuff anymore (that is almost a given) it’s about what you can do with it once you’ve stored it.

    Share these key points:

    • Over 50 SaaS apps with Federation and 2000+ with pwd vaulting in Azure App Portal

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  • Edge Show 117: Azure RMS (file containers)

    If you aren’t sure what RMS (Rights Management Service) is then I’d like to suggest thinking of it as a secure wrapper for files (all types) that lets you share the file with others securely while maintaining control over what they can then do with the file. In this edition of the Edge show for Channel 9 I interview Dan Plastina, the guy who’s responsible for the product at Microsoft.

    RMS is a core part of our EMM (enterprise mobility management) story at Microsoft since it allows IT to protect corporate data where ever it happens to go. Like a container, but better.

    Who do you want me to talk to next about Enterprise Mobility at Microsoft?

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