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April 24, 2015

HP and Microsoft join forces on mobility

Power to the IT department to manage mobile users

By Alexander Sword

HP added Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite to its mobility portfolio.

The move creates a set of end-to-end services for the Microsoft ecosystem, HP said claiming ‘the IT department will be able to manage the user environment and data security at the user rather than device level.’

With service delivery now available for EMS, organisations have access to a single common management platform across multiple operating systems and devices the firm said.

Features include single sign-on to apps, self-service password resets and rights management.

The move follows a recent agreement for HP to offer Office 365 and H)P service delivery, with HP now considered a ‘Preferred Partner’ for Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite, Office 365, Skype for Business and Windows 10.

"When deploying mobility and workplace solutions in the enterprise, our customers want a simplified, consumer-grade experience that empowers employees to be more productive anytime, anywhere on any device they choose," said Mike Nefkens, executive vice president, HP Enterprise Services.

Nefkens added: "Implementing EMS into an existing Office 365 environments allows customers to realise the full potential of both solutions while providing a lower cost on-ramp for Windows 10 upgrades in the future."

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"HP’s position as a Preferred Partner, combined with our 30 year relationship, provides a strong foundation to help enterprise IT embrace our mobile-first, cloud-first world," said Scott Guthrie, Executive VP of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group.

He continued: "By adding EMS to HP’s offering we’ll provide a simple and natural extension of the benefits already experienced by over 6 million devices currently managed by System Center Configuration Manager and HP Managed Desktop."

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