- Changes are trending broader; greater fundamental shifts (identity systems, core infrastructure)
- Low awareness/understanding of modern ecosystem (things changing so fast, people don’t have time to keep up)
- Divergence between knowledgebase and products (pace of change!!)
- We exist to equip our organization for success
- Help Great People do Greater things
- This is a reference point for Modern Microsoft – workplace enablement
- How to digest all of this (so much change, tools have such a broad scope!)
Results matter more than tools!
- Modern solutions are results-focused
- Not tools-focused; we don’t serve tools, tools serve us
Setting the Stage - Where is MS Coming From?
- Microsoft seeing significant failures…
- failure to build mobile platforms
- Windows losing market share
- Exchange -> Google apps
- “Less Cool”
- Focus on:
- Culture, people, results (instead of tools)
Modern areas of focus
- Trust, collaboration, mobility, inteligence
Update in 2018
- creativity, teamwork, simplicity, security
- MS basically doesn’t care about selling servers and/or Surface Books anymore…they want to sell 👆
- There is tension between these results!
- Tools that don’t actively deliver results will be changed or replaced
- Classify by complexity: simple / moderate / complex
- There is time to deliberately migrate over a reasonalb eime period, but we need to be looking more like “Modern Microsoft” in the next 3 years
- No need for on-prem servers, except local NAS
- No Windows server, traditional AD
- Purely modern SaaS solutions!
- Less than 10 non-microsoft SaaS in use
- Little use for Windows machines other than user-allocated
- M365, Windows devices managed with Microsoft 365 device management
- Using Microsoft Update for patching
- Windows Hello for auth
- Autopilot for provisioning new Windows machines
- Mac/iOS/Android enrolled/managed w/Intune
- SSO for third-party devices…
Differences from simple environment
- No need for on-prem servers, except local bulk storage
- More need for Windows server, other uses for Windows devices
- Users have M365E3
- M365F1 licenses shared devices (Kiosks, conference rooms, etc.)
- Adding Windows analytics + Azure storage for patch monitoring
- We do have some Active Directory needs (Domain Services)
- Virtual servers in Azure/storage in Azure
- Azure update manager
- Azure managed SQL
- Azure backup for Servers/storage/SQL
- PowerBI reports and alerts on everything!
- Options for on-prem if needed
- Still need on-prem servers and Windows Server
- Need traditional AD
- Mix of modern/traditional apps
- Windows machines for more than just direct users
- Regulatory/internal policies compliance and significant security demands
- Users licensed with M365E3 + E5 security, or going straight to M365E5
- Windows devices managed with Intune, Hybrid AD enrolled
- Still have VMs on-prem
- Need specific solutions for connectivity to Azure
- AADConnect w/federation services
- Backup on-prem, duplicated to Azure
- Realtime protection/replication to Azure (or replicate to another datacenter)
- High availability and fast failover!!
- PowerBI again, with local gateway for analytics
Modern Environments - Results
- Automated and fast workstation deployment
- Best-in-class data security
- Availability baked in
- Sharing built-in
- Passwordless future
- 60 to 70% reduction in management!! 🎉
- Things increasingly moving away from VLSC
- Licensing can be purchased yearly or longer, so this helps
- Planning for cost/budgeting is important!
- These are results you want, these are what you need to pay to get them
- If we can’t afford this, we need to adopt a different plan
- Justify budgets on value delivered!
- …is inevitable!!
- Avoiding change isn’t good…
- Disruption isn’t good, but we can’t stay still
- We need to focus on affecting change for the better!
- We need to understand our organizations needs and our solutions to meet them
- Provide change that delivers meaningful results!!
- Practical Learning
- Learn being better at something you already to
- Learn something directly related to what you already new
- Exploratory Learning
- different ways to do what you aready do
- something brand new
- Challenging Learning
- Learn something that will challenge you!
- What ever you do – be consistent!
- Regular improvement will lead to someplace better
Be ready to let go
- everything has a lifespan
- recognize when that lifespan passes
- let it go!!
- We are stewards of change
- Results of tools
- Simplify environments whenever possible
- Build complexity responsibly
- Budget well, justify on value/results
- Accept change as inevitable, make sure it’s for the better
- All good ideas have a live, be attuned to its end
- Self-holding encryption keys
- Not applicable for almost everything
- Windows Virtual Desktop Service
- Virtual desktops in the cloud, at scale, and relatively affordable
- SSO for third-party platforms
- Can enroll third-party platforms in Intune
- Some asterisks there…
- Company Portal App provides launching pad for this