The Value Proposition of a Platform: Microsoft Win10/Office365/EM+S

[ Update 20161004: I encourage you to watch Brad Anderson’s keynote session at Microsoft Ignite 2016 – Simply IMPRESSIVE!  ]

As I have written before,  technology management has made an incredible shift over the past few years (maybe the last 3-5 years).    Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service are now the common conversations in most organizations.   Some have wholeheartedly embraced the new trends while others are still thinking about it..

One of the most visible shift changes has been  Microsoft’s move to services offerings.   It has been incredible to see and experience.   The one item I want to briefly call-out today is the combination of:   Windows 10. Office 365 and Enterprise mobility & Security Suite.

Individually, each of these offerings – which is used daily by millions of users –  is powerful on its own.   But the real value is when you put the pieces together to delivery secured and useful services to the end-user without having to build or integrate 3rd party-systems in the back-end to support it, and all managed from a centralized (single pane of glass) console)

The set of products produces a modern work space, which is  continuously morphing (improvement cycles) to insure you have a  protected and secure  environment to work in.   From a users point of view,  it includes:

  • Secure Devices / Managed OS
    • –Encryption / UEIF / Security Management
    • –Device Enrollment
  • Modern Identity Management
    • –Single Sign On
    • –Two-Factor Authentication
    • –Self-service Password Reset
  • Modern Data Security
    • –Document Protection
    • –Proactive Threat Management
  • Application Delivery & Management
    • –Provision Management (MAM)
    • Conditional access and delivery of applications
  • Creation and Collaboration
    • –Document Creation (Office suite)
    • –Document repositories (private, shared and public)
    • –Shared collaborative work spaces
    • –Conferencing / Video / IM
    • –Multi-platform support


As far as the technologies that proved above results:   Please refer to  Microsoft Office 365  E5   or Microsoft Office 365 E3 licensing suite of products.

Windows 10
Create and join a domain (work network)
Encryption: BitLocker
Windows Defender / SmartScreen filter
Group policy management
Remote Desktop
Hyper-V (virtualisation)
Assigned Access
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer
Windows Store for Business
Trusted Boot
Windows Update for Business
Max. supported RAM: 2TB
Direct Access*
Credential Guard*
Virtualization Rights ( up to 4 VDI sessions)*
Office 365 Business Premium
Business class email, calendar, and contacts  (50 GB mailbox / User)
OneDrive for Business: 1 TB file storage and sharing per user (10 GB max size)
HD video conferencing
Office Online
Fully installed Office on PC/Mac (5 Devices /User)
Office apps on tablets and phones (5 phones/tables per user)
 Cloud PBX*
Enterprise Mobility & Security Suite
Azure AD Premium
Self-service password reset to reduce helpdesk calls
Multi-factor authentication options for greater security
Group-based provisioning and single sign-on for thousands of SaaS apps
Machine learning-driven security reports for visibility and threat management
Robust sync capabilities across cloud and on-premises directories
Microsoft Intune
Mobile application management across devices
Broad device support for iOS, Android, Windows and Windows Phone devices
Selective wipe of apps and data for greater security
Use of System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection**
Azure Rights Management
Information protection from the cloud or in a hybrid model with your existing on-premises infrastructure
Integration into your native applications with an easy-to-use SDK
Windows Server Active Directory Rights Management Server CAL use rights**
Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics
Behavioral analytics for advanced threat detection
Detection for known malicious attacks and security issues
Simple, actionable feed for the suspicious activity alerts and the recommendations
Integration with your existing Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems
Windows Server CAL
Windows Server CAL use rights**

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