Microsoft Intune Manages Apps on Unenrolled Devices, Works With SAP
Microsoft hopes to end the tug of war between administrators and mobile users.
On one end are users who don't want to relinquish complete control of their own smartphones and tablets to their employers. On the other end are administrators who want to lock down those devices by imposing security-enhancing restrictions with mobile device management (MDM) platforms.
With the new mobile application management capabilities in Intune, Microsoft's own cloud-based enterprise mobility management offering, the company believes it can placate both sides. Intune now offers mobile application management without enrollment, revealed Dilip Radhakrishnan, principal program manager for Enterprise Cloud Mobility at Microsoft.
The feature "gives IT the ability to secure the applications and the data on the devices without enrolling and managing the entire device itself," explained Radhakrishnan in a video published by Microsoft to announce the new functionality.
The MDM platform allows admins to manage their users' mobile apps without enrolling their devices and brings SAP Fiori apps under their supervision.
The Intune mobile application management portal has been added directly to the main Azure portal, which administrators use to manage their virtual machines, SQL databases, cloud subscriptions and the like. Now IT personnel can use the same Azure log-in to access Intune's controls. For now, mobile application management is available under this new setup, but Radhakrishnan said that more of Intune's MDM features will start filtering into the Azure portal.