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I am the Group Chief Marketing Officer at Crayon. My team are focused on driving enhanced lead generation campaigns and nurturing for our sales organisations across multiple geographies though the utilisation and coordination of all online and offline communication channels. We are driving increased brand awareness in the business's core competency areas of Software Asset Management (SAM), cloud and volume licensing solutions and associated consultancy services. I have over 20 years of senior business leadership experience within direct marketing/direct sales and mass distribution businesses, in both the B2B and B2C markets serving on the boards of both private and public multinational corporations.

Experts in Risk Assessment and Technology Optimisation Planning to drive compliance with GDPR for businesses worldwide

London July 10th – Crayon, the global leader in Risk Assessment and Technology Optimisation Planning (RATOP), has launched GDPR services based on Microsoft technology to help ensure businesses comply with the new European regulations arriving next year.

With the GDPR coming into force on May 25th 2018, businesses of all shapes and sizes handling data on EU residents must comply with new rules on the protection of this and its privacy across EU member states. However, this is further complicated by regulations also applying to anywhere where EU resident’s personal data is processed or monitored. Should that data become compromised, then businesses must also report any data breaches within 72 hours. Failure to do so could see them being fined €20,000,000 or 4% of their global annual turnover in the preceding financial year, depending on which is higher. The GDPR also introduces a statutory basis for the role of data protection officer (DPO).

To meet these demands Crayon’s specialist team of GDPR practitioners will advise and assist businesses consuming Microsoft solutions on their strategy and approach when it comes to complying with GDPR via its new GDPR Governance Service, a comprehensive GDPR management and risk mitigation solution. Furthermore, Crayon will offer managed services and training for DPOs around GDPR for clients and partners alike.

Already trusted by many of the world’s leading organisations as the go-to experts for Software Asset Management (SAM), the move is a natural extension for the Crayon business in deepening customer engagement en route to compliance and technology optimisation.

By undertaking a full risk assessment analysis with Crayon and utilising the embedded data governance qualities in Microsoft solutions such as Azure, Office 365 and SQL Server, businesses will be able to address areas of risk in their IT environment, with Crayon’s specialist GDPR team providing the expertise to bring those areas into compliance.

Says Torgrim Takle, CEO, Crayon Group: “By providing businesses with detailed insight into areas of risk and risk mitigation in relation to their IT environments, Crayon’s team of GDPR experts can help make the road to GDPR compliance a smooth journey.

“However, GDPR compliance should be part of an overall governance strategy and not seen as an end in itself. We believe cloud services, such as Azure, can offer a more streamlined way for customers to meet their GDPR compliance obligations.”

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If you want to get a head start on the competition, this guide will show you what you need to know to create enterprise-class database applications with the new software.

Getting started with SQL Server 2016

With the release of SQL Server 2016, Microsoft has added a ton of new features to make it easier than ever to create enterprise-grade applications. These features can help in organising (structured, semi-structure or even unstructured) and transforming data from raw into actionable knowledge.

With that in mind, let’s start by spinning up a virtual machine running SQL Server 2016. This provides an isolated environment that will allow us to get to grips with how SQL Server 2016 works. It is also quicker and easier than running it on local hardware.

Creating a new SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Virtual Machine 

You can create a new virtual machine running SQL Server on Azure. For more details on how to do that, click on this link. Note that SQL VM images include the licensing costs for SQL Server into the per-minute pricing of the VM you create. As we are getting started on SQL Server 2016, we should use the SQL Server Developer, which is free for development/testing (not production) or SQL Express and free for lightweight workloads (less than 1GB memory, less than 10 GB storage).

You can then configure basic settings (i.e. unique virtual machine name, a username for the local administrator account on the VM and provide a strong password). You will also need to type a name for a new resource group in the Resource group box. A resource group is a collection of related resources in Azure. Then you can choose a location for the deployment and click on OK.

The purpose of the virtual machine is to experiment with features, but not assess performance characteristics. Once this virtual machine is created, you can then connect to it through a RDP session or from your local SQL Server Management Studio client.

Uploading sample databases

When getting started with SQL Server 2016, you can use the AdventureWorks sample databases. These have new features already implemented, such as Always Encrypted, Row Level Security, Dynamic Data Masking, and so on. These sample databases can be found here. There are two relational databases and a zip file of samples to be downloaded.

You can then use the SQL Server Management Studio client to restore these backup files to the SQL Server instance running in the virtual machine. The SQL Server Management Studio can help in creating databases, tables, functions, views, stored procedures and other database objects using the GUI or with T-SQL code.

There is also a new Wide World Importers Inc. samples to upload and experiment with. These can be found here.

Working with sample databases

The AdventureWorks samples contain snippets of the following: Advanced Analytics (R Services); Always Encrypted; Data Masking; In-Memory Analytics; In-Memory OLTP; JSON; Polybase; Query Store; Row-Level Security; Stretch DB; and Temporal. There is a readme file that shows you the location of documents that detail how each new feature works and how to use them. These documents and the samples are a fantastic way to get to grips with the new features of SQL Server 2016.

These databases can be useful in testing new functionality. These include: Query Store, which is used to keep track of query performance; Temporal tables to keep track of the history of reference data; JSON to enable AJAX calls to some of the key tables; and In-Memory OLTP to optimise performance of table-valued parameters (TVPs) and consumption of sensor data, to name but a few.

Once you have read through the documents and tried out the features, remember to halt the virtual machine you are working on in order to prevent incurring additional charges.

As a global cloud and software expert, Crayon works with many of the world’s leading organisations to optimise their investment in complex technology. For example, after a 15-year absence, we’re helping Burger King re-establish itself in France by providing the firm with a technology optimisation strategy to support the rapid roll out of over 600 restaurants across the country. To read more about this or other Crayon projects click here or call one of our experts today.  

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We’re very excited to announce that Jan Rylund is now an official Speaker at Inspire 2017 – the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Washington.

On 12th July, Jan will be presenting his thoughts on who we are, our strengths in the international market and our strong position at Microsoft.

Find out how we’re working with customers to form a deeper understanding in Artificial Intelligence and advanced analytics.

Also, be introduced to our project based on Homomorphic Encryption which we are working on with the Norwegian Cancer registry in co-operation with Microsoft Research. The session will be led by Tom Lawry, Director of Health Analytics in Microsoft Corp who will be interviewing Jan.

Looking forward to telling our story!

Register your attendance here

For further info on Inspire, take a look here

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In the count down to Inspire 2017, Crayon are delighted to invite you to the hottest, CRAZIEST event at this year’s Inspire.
Back by popular demand, the winner of ‘Last Comic Standing’, star of ‘Wait Wait…. Don’t Tell me!’, Headline act at ‘It’s showtime at the Apollo’ and previous celebrity guest on ‘The Tonight Show’, Alonzo Bodden will be tearing it up all over again!

Join us on Tuesday 11th July from 9.30pm.

Register your attendance here

Check out our web page here

 

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Join us at Microsoft Inspire and attend our Intelligent Cloud Power Briefing.

Supercharge Your Cloud Business in 60 minutes….. Plus Get Free Office 365 Migration!
Join us for this one hour power briefing specifically designed for Cloud Service Providers, Hosters and SI’s to learn how your enterprise can drive more value, more easily with less hassle from the Cloud.
Register your attendance here
For more information take a look here

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To protect systems from ransomware it really pays to know what’s going on within your infrastructure

Five ways a clear SAM strategy can help prevent you from becoming the next ransomware victim

When the WannaCry ransomware attack started in mid-May, in the UK much focus was on how the malware attacked and locked up computers in the NHS. Many computers within the NHS were still running XP, an operating system that hasn’t been supported by Microsoft for a good few years now.

The ransomware had targeted vulnerabilities within XP to lock up PCs and display a note demanding a ransom in Bitcoins, with the widespread nature of the problem led to Microsoft making the unusual move of offering a patch for computers running XP, the first in many years. Most media reports talked much about the NHS running out of data XP computers and a general lack of investment in IT by the world’s biggest healthcare system. An organisation that stopped paying Microsoft for XP patch support two years ago, due to “efficiencies” imposed by the Department of Health.

But this isn’t the whole story. And what followed is a timely reminder of why organisations need to know just what is going on within their infrastructure.

Not knowing which systems are really affected

As said, the focus was on XP, but it later transpired that almost all (98 per cent) of affected systems were running Windows 7 – an operating system whose end of expected support is not until 2020 (mainstream support for this operating system ended in 2015, but Microsoft still issued security updates).

However, enterprises around the globe were affected too. Indeed, many other organisations (such as Nissan), also suffered from the same attack, but presumably had newer systems in place than those found in the NHS.

Getting to grips with the problem is greatly helped if you have detailed reports of what systems are running where. That kind of visibility is the first step in securing your infrastructure.

Having the time to patch

The vulnerability that enabled WannaCry to wreak havoc was posted in mid-March, yet two months passed without some firms patching. A problem for many organisations (including the NHS) are that they have developed proprietary software that sits on top of XP and other outdated operating systems. Upgrading to Windows 10 would mean unpicking those apps and systems – it’s time consuming, perhaps up to 100 days can be lost testing third party apps at scale.

With a clear Software Asset Management (SAM) strategy in place, organisations have earlier visibility of such problems and this can allow a little more time to have solutions in place to fix or mitigate such proprietary software. At worst, knowing of such software through SAM discovery can allow organisations to quarantine systems on a closed network as a safety stopgap measure until updates take place.

Unlicensed systems download no patches

Another danger for organisations is the problem of unlicensed software. Not only is this a problem when an audit crops up and a vendor imposes fines for unauthorised installations – the same vendors may also prevent such software from receiving updates to those installations.

According to the Business Software Association 2015 rates of unlicensed software installation in the UK were at 22 per cent. Even in very regulated industries unlicensed use was surprisingly high. The survey found the worldwide rate is 25 percent — a full quarter — for the banking, insurance, and securities industries. Nearly half of CIOs identified security threats from malware as a major threat posed by unlicensed software, according to the research.

Much of this unlicensed software never gets updated as businesses don’t want to get “caught out” by vendors, something that leaves them wide open to malware infection by hackers.

While a software asset management system won’t actively sniff out security vulnerabilities, finding unlicensed software in the enterprise is a good indication that it may also be unpatched and vulnerable. This sort of intelligence is extremely valuable to an enterprise’s IT security team who can then use that data to target the potentially most vulnerable software in the infrastructure and remediate. This can significantly reduce the window between knowing of a flaw and patching it.

Avoiding shelfware to avoid ransomware

All too often organisations do have the correct licences to upgrade systems to the latest operating system and applications but for some reason do not. Knowing, through a software asset management system, where you have out-of-date software can allow IT managers to partially block access to the network from vulnerable machines until steps are taken to update them. This approach means that companies can avoid having shelfware and by doing so can also avoid ransomware affecting those PCs.

SAM and Security working together

Deploying SAM strategically alongside a software vulnerability manager allows the IT security team to work with the asset management team and narrow the gap between disclosure and remediation. Indeed, such tools can help in discovering, tracking and fixing flawed applications before they lead to an expensive hack.

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Mit Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise können Sie Unternehmensdaten schützen und die Zusammenarbeit und Produktivität von Mitarbeitern optimieren

Stärken Sie Ihre Mitarbeiter mit Lösungen von Microsoft

 

Sicherheit ist für Ihr Unternehmen ebenso wichtig wie das Bremssystem für ein Auto. Sicherheitsvorkehrungen halten Sie auf dem Weg zum Ziel nicht unnötig auf, vielmehr helfen sie Ihnen dabei, schneller und sicherer ans Ziel zu kommen.

In der Secure Productive Enterprise Suite von Microsoft sind Sicherheitselemente kein Bremsklotz für produktives Arbeiten, sondern ermöglichen Mitarbeitern vielmehr ein besonders effizientes Arbeiten mit Schutz vor Cyberangriffen und Abwehrmechanismen zur Verhinderung eines Diebstahls geistigen Eigentums.

Secure Productive Enterprise umfasst Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise und die Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite. All diese Elemente tragen dazu bei, dass Ihre Mitarbeiter produktiver arbeiten und effektiver zusammenarbeiten können. Außerdem profitieren sie von erhöhter Mobilität und erhalten Zugriff auf wichtige geschäftliche Erkenntnisse. Zudem können all diese Vorteile innerhalb eines sicheren Frameworks genutzt werden.

Secure Productive Enterprise ist aus der Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) hervorgegangen, die vor einigen Jahren von Microsoft auf den Markt gebracht wurde. Damit sollte der Kaufvorgang für Organisationen vereinfacht werden und Mitarbeiter sollten von einem erweiterten Funktionsumfang für optimales Arbeiten profitieren.

Secure Productive Enterprise umfasst Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise und die Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite in einem einzigen Lizenzangebot. Außerdem erhalten Mitarbeiter so stets Zugriff auf die neuesten und fortschrittlichsten Technologien.

Ein großer Teil dieser erweiterten Technologielösung wird über innovative Sicherheitstools wie Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection zur Erkennung von Sicherheitsverletzungen an den Endpunkten, Microsoft Cloud App Security zur Steuerung der von Mitarbeitern verwendeten SaaS-Apps, Azure Information Protection zum Schutz von Daten im Unternehmen und Office 365 Advanced Security Management für mehr Transparenz und Kontrolle über die Office 365-Umgebung einer Organisation bereitgestellt.

Sicherheit ist ein entscheidender Aspekt, doch Mitarbeiter müssen auch über Tools verfügen, mit denen sie ihre Arbeit gut erledigen können. Secure Productive Enterprise bietet Mitarbeitern viele interessante Funktionen wie z. B. Office 365 Delve Analytics zur Analyse der persönlichen Produktivität. Office 365 Advanced e-Discovery ermöglicht Ihren Teammitgliedern ein Auffinden erforderlicher Informationen. Zudem können sie Microsoft Power BI für Datenanalyse und -visualisierung nutzen. Skype for Business PSTN-Konferenzen und Cloud-PBX bringen Sprachfunktionen in die Cloud, sodass Benutzer besser mit Kollegen und Partnern zusammenarbeiten können.

Sicherheit und Mobilität

Sicherheit endet nicht am Netzwerkrand einer Organisation. Mitarbeiter arbeiten zunehmend von außerhalb des Büros und müssen deshalb auch unterwegs auf Informationen zugreifen können. Doch auch mobil muss der Datenzugriff auf sicherem Wege erfolgen.

Microsoft hat die Enterprise Mobility Suite in Enterprise Mobility + Security umbenannt. Diese Version bietet mehr Sicherheit für die Verwaltung mobiler Geräte im Unternehmen.

Zum einen schützt Azure Active Directory Identity Protection das „Eingangsportal“ zu den Apps und Daten Ihres Unternehmens, indem es risikobasiert bedingten Zugriff auf Anwendungen und Daten Ihrer Organisation, inklusive mehrstufiger Authentifizierung, bietet. Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management hilft darüber hinaus, privilegierte Konten und deren Zugriff auf Ressourcen zu schützen.

Microsoft Intune Mobile App Management (MAM) hilft Organisationen dabei, Datenverluste auf mobilen Geräten zu verhindern, indem es die mobilen Office-Apps auch ohne Geräteregistrierung verwaltet.

Attraktive Funktionen in Windows

Windows 10 Enterprise ist nun in den zwei Varianten E3 und E5 verfügbar. Beide Varianten sind auf Organisationen ausgelegt, die sensible Kundendaten handhaben, in regulierten Branchen tätig sind oder geistiges Eigentum erstellen bzw. damit Einnahmen generieren. Beide Varianten verfügen über Sicherheits- und Verwaltungsfunktionen auf Unternehmensniveau wie Device Guard, Credential Guard und Managed User Experience.

Windows 10 Enterprise E5 bietet darüber hinaus Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection sowie erweiterte Verwaltungsfunktionen für die IT-Administration. So kann sichergestellt werden, dass Mitarbeiter vor Angriffen auf das Netzwerk geschützt sind, die ein produktives Arbeiten verhindern können.

Lösungen von Crayon für starke Unternehmen

Microsoft stärkt Unternehmen, indem es optimierte Technologien zur Verfügung stellt. Crayon hat sich darauf spezialisiert, Organisationen bei der Optimierung komplexer IT-Systeme zu unterstützen, um eine Kapitalrendite (ROI) sicherzustellen. Mit Secure Productive Enterprise kann sich Ihre Organisation eine Mischung aus den E3- und E5-Paketen sichern, die exakt auf die Bedürfnisse Ihrer Mitarbeiter zugeschnitten ist. Wir können Sie dabei unterstützen, eine geeignete Mischung für Ihre Organisation zu finden.

Als global agierender Cloud- und Softwareexperte arbeitet Crayon mit vielen der weltweit führenden Organisationen zusammen, um deren Investitionen in komplexe Technologien zu optimieren. So helfen wir beispielsweise Burger King nach 15-jähriger Abwesenheit bei der erneuten Erschließung des französischen Marktes, indem wir für das Unternehmen eine Strategie zur Technologieoptimierung bereitstellen, um ein schnelles Rollout von mehr als 600 Restaurants im ganzen Land zu unterstützen. Wenn Sie mehr über dieses oder andere Projekte von Crayon erfahren möchten, klicken Sie hier oder rufen Sie noch heute einen unserer Experten an.

 

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Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise permettra de sécuriser les informations de votre organisation, mais il permettra aussi d’accroitre la collaboration et la production des employés.

Comment Microsoft peut rendre vos employés plus autonomes

 

Pour l’entreprise, la sécurité doit être considérée comme les freins d’une voiture ; ils ne sont pas là pour vous arrêter, ils sont là pour vous aider à aller plus vite… en toute sécurité.

Avec la suite Secure Productive Enterprise de Microsoft, les éléments de sécurité n’entravent pas la productivité, mais ils aident les employés à faire plus de choses, tout en étant protégés contre les cyberattaques et le vol de propriété intellectuelle.

Secure Productive Enterprise comprend Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise et la suite Enterprise Mobility + Security. Chacun de ces éléments permet aux employés d’être plus productifs, de mieux collaborer, d’optimiser la mobilité et de développer des affaires vitales pour l’entreprise. Fondamentalement, tout cela peut être fait dans un cadre sécurisé.

Secure Productive Enterprise est issu de la suite Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) lancée par Microsoft quelques années auparavant. Il s’agissait de simplifier l’expérience d’achat pour les organisations tout en offrant plus de capacités aux employés, pour leur permettre de devenir plus autonomes dans leur travail.

Il regroupe Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise et la suite Enterprise Mobility + Security en une seule offre de licences. Les employés auront donc toujours accès à la technologie la plus récente et la plus avancée.

Une partie importante de cette solution technologique avancée est fournie par des outils de sécurité de pointe tels que Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection pour la détection de brèche de terminaux, Microsoft Cloud App Security pour contrôler l’utilisation des applications SaaS des employés, Azure Information Protection pour sécuriser l’information au sein de l’entreprise et Office 365 Advanced Security Management pour gagner en visibilité et en contrôle sur l’environnement Office 365 de l’organisation.

La sécurité est une chose, mais les employés ont également besoin d’outils pour travailler. Secure Productive Enterprise permet aux employés de comprendre leur productivité personnelle avec Office 365 Delve Analytics.  Office 365 Advanced e-Discovery est à portée de main pour aider votre équipe à trouver les informations dont elle a besoin. Ils peuvent aussi utiliser Microsoft Power BI pour l’analyse et la visualisation des données. Les fonctionnalités de Conférence PSTN et Cloud PBX de Skype Entreprise apportent la voix au cloud, en permettant aux utilisateurs de mieux collaborer avec leurs collègues et partenaires.

Sécurisé et adapté aux déplacements

La sécurité ne s’arrête pas au périmètre du réseau de l’entreprise. Les employés travaillent, le plus souvent, loin du bureau et doivent donc accéder à l’information même en déplacement, mais ils doivent le faire de manière sécurisée.

Microsoft a renommé Enterprise Mobility Suite par Enterprise Mobility + Security. Cette version ajoute une plus grande sécurité à la gestion des appareils mobiles au sein de l’entreprise.

Pour les débutants, Azure Active Directory Identity Protection sécurise la « porte d’entrée » des applications et des données de votre entreprise en fournissant un accès conditionnel aux applications et aux données de l’organisation basé sur les risques, y compris l’utilisation de l’authentification multifactorielle. Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management contribue également à protéger les comptes privilégiés et leur accès aux ressources.

La gestion des applications mobiles (MAM) de Microsoft Intune aide les organisations à éviter les pertes de données à partir des appareils mobiles en gérant les applications mobiles Office sans nécessiter l’enregistrement de périphériques.

Modification de Windows

Windows 10 Enterprise est désormais disponible dans deux versions : E3 et E5. Les deux sont conçues pour les organisations qui gèrent des données clients sensibles, qui évoluent au sein d’industries réglementées, ou qui créent et génèrent des revenus issus de la propriété intellectuelle. Les deux possèdent des fonctions de gestion et de sécurité d’entreprise, telles que Device Guard, Credential Guard et Managed User Experience.

Par ailleurs, Windows 10 Enterprise E5 dispose de Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection et des fonctionnalités avancées de gestion de l’administration informatique pour garantir que les employés soient protégés contre les attaques sur le réseau qui peuvent ralentir la productivité.

Ce que Crayon peut faire pour votre entreprise

Alors que Microsoft permet aux entreprises de bénéficier d’une meilleure technologie, Crayon est expert dans l’aide apportée aux organisations pour optimiser les complexités de leur environnement informatique pour assurer leur retour sur investissement. Avec Secure Productive Enterprise, votre organisation peut profiter d’un mélange entre les offres E3 et E5, selon les besoins de l’équipe. Nous pouvons vous aider à trouver la meilleure association pour votre organisation.

En tant qu’expert mondial du cloud et des logiciels, Crayon travaille avec de nombreuses organisations majeures dans le monde pour optimiser leur investissement dans les technologies complexes. Par exemple, après une absence de 15 ans, nous aidons Burger King à se rétablir en France en fournissant à l’entreprise une stratégie d’optimisation technologique pour supporter le déploiement rapide de plus de 600 restaurants à travers le pays. Pour en savoir plus sur ce projet ou sur d’autres projets de Crayon, cliquez ici ou contactez l’un de nos experts dès aujourd’hui.

Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise will secure your enterprise data and empower employee collaboration and production

How Microsoft SPE Allows You To Unleash Employee Empowerment

Security for the enterprise should be looked at the same way as brakes on a car; they are not there to stop you, they are there to help you go faster…safely.

With the Secure Productive Enterprise suite from Microsoft, the security elements don’t get in the way of productivity, but do help employees to get more things done, while being protected against cyber-attacks and intellectual property theft.

Secure Productive Enterprise comprises Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite. Each of these elements allow employees to be more productive, collaborate better, optimise mobility and find vital business insights. Crucially, all of this can be done within a secure framework.

Secure Productive Enterprise was born out of the Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) Microsoft launched a few years ago. This was to simplify the buying experience for organisations while delivering more capabilities to employees, allowing them to become more empowered in their work.

It brings together Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite into a single licensing offering. It also means that employees will always have access to the latest and most advanced technology.

A major part of this advanced technology solution is delivered by cutting edge security tools such as Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for end point breach detection,  Microsoft Cloud App Security for controlling SaaS apps employee usage,  Azure Information Protection to secure information within the enterprise and Office 365 Advanced Security Management to gain visibility and control over the organisation’s Office 365 environment.

Security is one part, but employees also need tools to do their jobs. Secure Productive Enterprise empowers employees to do such things as understand their personal productivity with Office 365 Delve Analytics.  Office 365 Advanced e-Discovery is on hand to help your team find information they need. They can also use Microsoft Power BI for data analysis and visualisation. Skype for Business PSTN conferencing and Cloud PBX bring voice to the cloud, helping users better collaborate with colleagues and partners.

Secure and on the move

Security doesn’t end at the organisation’s network perimeter. Employees are, more often than not, working away from the office and so need to not only access information on the move, but to do so in secure fashion.

Microsoft has rebranded the Enterprise Mobility Suite as Enterprise Mobility + Security. This version adds greater security to the management of mobile devices within the enterprise.

For starters, Azure Active Directory Identity Protection secures the “front door” of your company’s apps and data by providing  risk-based conditional access to applications and organisation data, including using multi-factor authentication. Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management also helps in protecting privileged accounts and their access to resources.

Microsoft Intune Mobile App Management (MAM) helps organisations avert data loss from mobile devices by managing the Office mobile apps without requiring device enrolment.

Changing Windows

Windows 10 Enterprise now becomes available in two flavours; E3 and E5. Both are designed for organisations that handle sensitive customer data, operate in regulated industries, or create and earn revenue from intellectual property. Both come with enterprise-grade security and management capabilities, such as Device Guard, Credential Guard and Managed User Experience.

In addition, Windows 10 Enterprise E5 features Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and advanced IT administration management functionality to ensure that employees are protected from attacks on the network that can prevent productivity.

What Crayon can do for your empowered enterprise

While Microsoft empowers firms with better technology, Crayon is an expert in helping organisations optimise the complexities of their IT estates to ensure a return on investment. With Secure Productive Enterprise, your organisation can have a mix between the E3 and E5 packages, depending on the needs of the team. We can help you find the best mix for your organisation.

As a global cloud and software expert, Crayon works with many of the world’s leading organisations to optimise their investment in complex technology. For example, after a 15-year absence, we’re helping Burger King re-establish itself in France by providing the firm with a technology optimisation strategy to support the rapid roll out of over 600 restaurants across the country. To read more about this or other Crayon projects click here or call one of our experts today.  

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Secure Productive Enterprise marks one more step in the journey to modernising licensing, making it easier for organisations to buy what they need from Microsoft. We look at how this solution makes licensing more simple for organisations while increasing security and productivity.

Simplifying licensing with Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise

Secure Productive Enterprise pulls together productivity, mobility and security in one easy-to-understand package. Organisations will appreciate not only the amount of value it brings, but also how it simplifies licensing arrangements. This solution also replaces its Enterprise Cloud Suite.

For employees, this licensing solution allows them to work on the go in a secure fashion, anywhere and from any device, regardless of the device or operating system.

Getting the right licenses in place

With Secure Productive Enterprise, organisations can license on a per user basis option that includes Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10 Enterprise. Secure Productive Enterprise Secure Productive Enterprise is available in two options, E3 and E5. These will be available through an Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Agreement Subscription, and Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), as well as the Cloud Solution Provider program (CSP) for customers with cloud-only deployments.

This means that organisations have flexible licensing that helps them move to the cloud, while maintaining on premise capabilities. As such customers have the right to install, access and use Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business servers in dedicated environments without the need to buy any on-premise applications or server software. This protects existing investments for licensed users while embarking on their journey to the cloud.

It also includes one on-premises install of Office Professional Plus per user. This license helps customers address special line-of-business and mission critical situations that may otherwise effect their digital transformation journey.

With Office 365 E3 and E5, organisations gain Dual Access Rights. This enables access to a comparable on premise server in your own datacentre. The same is true for Enterprise Mobility + Security. The full subscription gives organisations the necessary access conditions for Windows Server Rights Management Service. This means that Secure Productive Enterprise not only grants usage rights for online services, but also the same rights for on-premise licenses, such as Office Professional Plus, Enterprise or Core CAL and Windows Enterprise.

Pure per-user licenses

One of the main benefits of Secure Productive Enterprise is that it enables organisations to move to a pure per-user licensing model for your entire platform EA and cloud services. This

means that organisations can save money by licensing users rather than devices. With most employees often using more than one device this is helpful – further simplifying license management by eliminating the process of counting devices.

What if an organisation is an existing Enterprise Cloud Suite customer?

If an organisation is already an Enterprise Cloud Suite customer, they are now a Secure Productive Enterprise E3 customer and consequently get Productivity Server Rights as a Secure Productive Enterprise benefit. In most cases, customers will not need to continue to buy additional server licenses. If an organisation is on an Enterprise Agreement at mid-term, they must pay for servers until renewal. With the Enterprise Agreement Subscription, organisations can “true-down” servers at anniversary.

It is important to note that if an organisation doesn’t standardise on Secure Productive Enterprise throughout the whole company, an organisation will still need to buy server licenses for users not licensed with the Secure Productive Enterprise subscription.

Overall, the changes made by Microsoft should result in a simpler approach to making sure organisations have access to technology they need to have a productive company that can securely embark on its digital transformation journey.

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