How modern Windows device management solves IT’s imaging problems

mdmIT might long for the days when employees worked on one desktop computer. Too bad the ‘90s are over. Today, employees use multiple devices that should seamlessly integrate with each other and the rest of the environment.

That’s easier said than done, especially for IT managers who are still imaging and deploying devices like they were five years ago. The process can be lengthy and complex, and presents challenges for organizations of all sizes.

But new tools simplify the process, and one that’s getting more and more attention is Windows 10’s modern device management. Here’s how it works and how it can make your life easier.

Why IT struggles with mobile devices

Imaging and deploying one tablet isn’t hard, but configuring 1,000 can be tedious. If you have to physically touch each device for imaging and deployment, the entire process slows down, leaving users waiting for devices and you unable to focus on more strategic matters.

In the past, it was easier; devices from different manufacturers could likely be managed through the same image, generally speaking. That’s no longer the case, as many of today’s tablets and phones run more proprietary software, which prevents the wide-scale rollout of an interchangeable image. That means creating and maintaining images for a variety of devices.

Windows 10 took a different approach: Mobile device management concepts are baked into its programming.

A hands-on approach? No more.

Windows 10’s method of mobile management means IT can push content to identities, not devices. By pushing policies and apps to employees’ digital identities, regardless of their location or device (or VPN access), IT never has to physically touch devices to image them. It also eliminates slow-downs in imaging a replacement or new device.

Some IT managers may be concerned about control, and the illusion that IT is losing power. That’s a misplaced fear, and while it’s true that IT won’t be touching devices, they’ll be tasked with creating images through online web portals. Now, IT can pull resources away from deploying new machines and dedicate them to other projects.

Windows’s mobile management has other benefits as well. Firmware upgrades are completed through standard updates and not built into new images. Plus, dynamic provisioning allows machines to keep existing OEM operating systems, as opposed to a wipe and load.

All of these changes boil down to the biggest adjustment: mentality. The sometimes lengthy process of physically touching devices to image and deploy is stripped away from IT and it now all resides in the cloud, ready to be pushed out to employees. This change in mentality will benefit both your IT staff and employees.

How to maximize productivity

Simply put, this Windows 10 deployment method helps employees be more productive. When they purchase or receive new devices, they’ll be up and running substantially faster because content is deployed to their identity and not necessarily their device; a tablet or phone can be shipped directly to a user without being imaged first. Employees can adopt the newest device – or multiple devices — with the features they need and no delay.

Empowering your staff to work on devices that fit their needs will improve productivity and create a seamless working experience across machines.

Get rid of your scaling and imaging woes

A hands-off imaging and deployment process is still new to many IT managers. But imaging and rolling out devices in a way that requires far less time and capital is incredibly attractive. Microsoft’s modern Windows management controls allow IT to shift resources to pressing projects, rather than constantly imaging and deploying mobile devices. Meanwhile employees get the devices and content they need.

We’ll be demoing Windows 10 mobile device management as part of the mobility focus at our upcoming SHI Summits, which also cover security and data center challenges. We hope to see you there!

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