Enabling the modern workplace with Microsoft 365

Creating a modern workplace is one area where businesses can drive company wide transformation. Inspiring employees, engaging customers, optimising operations, and changing the very nature of the company’s products, services, and business models. By bringing Microsoft technology and products together in experiences and solutions, businesses are rethinking how they can unlock value for employees and customers.

The case for the modern workplace

Businesses are facing a continually changing set of employee expectations, a widening skills gap, more diverse and globally distributed teams, and an increasingly complex threat environment. These pressures require businesses to have a responsive, modern workplace to meet their changing business needs. Businesses must now work on providing seamless communication, multi-device experiences, and keeping assets safe with intelligent security.

By using Microsoft 365, which includes Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security to empower employees and present IT as a service. Microsoft 365 offers productivity and collaboration tools that support modern work styles, enable digital transformation, and protect your business assets.

Creating seamless collaboration

In most businesses, work gets done in teams—ad hoc teams, long-standing teams, and dynamic teams. The most basic team is a group of people coming together to solve a business problem. The focus has shifted away from “me-centric” work to “we-centric” work, where people form teams quickly, solve problems, and are empowered to collaborate, early, often, and by default. With Microsoft technologies, businesses can focus on creating experiences and services to help bring teams together, enable productivity, and help drive digital transformation.

With Microsoft, businesses can create a highly productive environment where technology empowers everyone to achieve more while never getting in their way. Create friction-free collaboration, anywhere with anyone, with consistent sharing that protects sensitive data.

Employees can enjoy a secure, highly reliable capability to exchange ideas in real-time or asynchronously, having the flexibility to establish conversations and collaborate using the solutions that best fits their needs using Microsoft 365—all while keeping corporate assets secure.

From mobility to a multi-device experience

Employees do their best work with the devices they love and many now require a multi-device experience. With Microsoft your employees can enjoy both personal and corporate devices using Microsoft mobile application management and mobile device management solutions to help minimise complexity, both on-premises and in the cloud.  For example, manage security as a centralised IT service with identity at its core. Businesses can provide employees a single, hybrid, sign-in credential for multi-factor authentication using Azure Active Directory. The credential works across both cloud and on-premises assets and is at the center of the multi-sense experience.

To build upon a mobile device strategy, we are focusing on the user experience. The user experience is no longer bound to a device—it travels with each individual. A common scenario may be starting a meeting on one device such as a Surface Pro and seamlessly ending on another. Another scenario might be using multiple input devices like text, voice, pen, or even mixed reality. Businesses need to consider understanding the single user experience and making it span multiple devices.

Intelligent security to protect the enterprise

IT has always focused on protecting corporate assets and has kept tight control of our network perimeter. With the shift to an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge, businesses can no longer think in terms of securing the perimeter. Microsoft’s security posture has evolved. 

Microsoft 365 protects identities, apps, data, and devices with comprehensive enterprise security. And the cloud compels businesses to look at security from a user perspective. The Microsoft 365 security stack gives us the insights to proactively defend against advanced threats, such as malware, phishing, and zero-day attacks. Businesses can rely on the Microsoft 365 security stack to address business challenges around intelligent security, such as:

  • Identity, app, data, and device protection with Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Intune, and Windows Information Protection.
  • Advanced threat protection with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.
  • Data archiving, governance, and discovery with Advanced eDiscovery.

Using threat intelligence curated from Microsoft 365 will give your business visibility, context, and relevance for security events. No longer think in terms of managing an asset or device¾rather, think about using an intelligence system to respond to threats. With Microsoft, you can have a broad sensor net of rich intelligence, signals, and data that can be gathered from multiple Microsoft platforms, which feeds into the Intelligent Security Graph that other Microsoft 365 services can tap into. In terms of preparing for the future, with Microsoft you will use big data analytics and machine learning to achieve true scale while widening sensor aperture to detect anomalous patterns and behaviors. Automation is critical and will focus on enabling more enriched incident data, faster human triage, and automated incident prioritisation and classification.

Orchestrating technology solutions for the modern workplace

CDW focus on removing complexity and providing services to enable your employees to take advantage of productivity improvements and the modern workplace.

To discuss, how Microsoft 365 can help your businesses rise to the challenge, speak to your Account Manager today. 

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