Here’s what it looks like when your company has their computer network properly set up for the modern workplace.

  1. Email, Contacts, Calendars, Files, Phones are all in the Microsoft cloud:
  • Outlook Email, Contacts and Calendar items are never lost and always available, no matter what type of Internet-connected device
  • OneDrive and SharePoint files are accessible and secure using Delve to find them
  • As Skype transitions entirely into the Teams space, your computer and headset become a phone, as well as the Teams mobile app (you can still connect your desktop IP phone to the Microsoft cloud-based IP PBX (Phone System)

2. Each user has a laptop with a built-in video camera (think Microsoft Teams calls and meetings):

  • Whether connected to WiFi in the corporate office or WiFi in the home office, you can attend company meetings from your chosen comfort zone
  • Collaborate and co-author OneDrive or SharePoint documents in real time with team members or external guests
  • Make phone calls and meet one-on-one with colleagues

3. Security is authenticated via the web with Azure AD and the Microsoft Graph:

  • Gone are the days of a hard perimeter at the office – venture into the world and still remain connected to company data without fear of loss or intrusion

4. You have absolute ownership of your data:

  • Not even Microsoft has access unless express permission granted
  • Option to extract data and take it with you even after your contract ends
  • Always encrypted data at rest and while in motion

5. Your devices are all compliant, connected, monitored and administered with Microsoft Intune as part of Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS):

  • Intune helps you manage and secure devices, applications, and data
  • Azure AD Premium helps you provide employees with secure access and single sign-on to thousands of SaaS apps and almost all on-premises web apps
  • Azure Information Protection helps you keep email, documents, and sensitive data protected and secure anywhere, even when shared outside your organization

What you will NOT have in this perfect world:

  • Mapped Drives
  • VPN’s
  • On-premise Servers
  • Thumb Drives
  • Costly Network Upgrades
  • Unwanted Down Time

Scott Abbotts | https://resolute-it.com | https://office365techguy.com