First published on CloudBlogs on Jan 27, 2015
this new case study
from the local government of Shropshire County in England.
The county of Shropshire in central England covers over 1,200 square miles – this means that the civil employees responsible for the county are spread very thin.
Compounding this are upcoming county-wide budget reductions of $125 million over the next three years – and these budget cuts come alongside a promise of expanded government services for the citizens of Shropshire.
I know conditions like this sound familiar to a lot of IT Pros!
The county’s IT team had to get smart, productive, and really flexible. That’s where the
Enterprise Mobility Suite
made a huge impact.
When government buildings were closed in favor of satellite offices with Wi-Fi, government employees were armed with Office 365 and tablets/phones. With the number of tablets and phones growing, they added Intune to their SCCM deployment. When budget cuts indicated that the county’s datacenter could be closed, they moved their data to the cloud. With so many devices spread across such a massive area, the identity management from the EMS ensured that only the right data was accessed by each employee.
The case study also notes the speed of these kinds of implementations:
“Just three months after I called my technical account manager at Microsoft, we were up and running with Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager, managing 800 phones, 900 mobile devices, and 4,800 office-based PCs and laptops, all from one console,” says Wilkinson. “But the best thing about Intune was that it was our introduction to the Enterprise Mobility Suite.”
Including three cloud-based services—Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, Intune, and Azure Rights Management—the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite fit the council’s need for user identity and access management, mobile device management, and file and data protection capabilities.
Best of all, using the Enterprise Mobility Suite is saving the county a lot of much-needed cash. The county expects EMS to
save them $788k in the first year
, and even more from the licensing costs for 3rd party apps they no longer need. Other cost saving measures include the reduced help desk time, reduced hardware replacement costs, and the elimination of password reset calls.
To read more about the solutions and benefits in Shropshire, you can read the case study
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