In this 4th blog in a series of posts about Endpoint Analytics we’ll continue with Recommended Software, which one of the four main pillars (Startup performance, Proactive Remediation, Recommended Software, Application Reliability) of Endpoint Analytics.

As mentioned before Endpoint Analytics aims to improve user productivity and reduce IT support costs by providing insights into the user experience. The insights enable IT to optimize the end-user experience with proactive support and to detect regressions to the user experience by assessing user impact of configuration changes.

Independent of your hardware estate, which may very per organization, there are a number of fundamental principles underpinning to achieve an optimal score with Endpoint Analytics. Your hardware, applications & services largely determines how end users experiences their workplace. With new hardware, imperfections can go unnoticed without negative effect, however as hardware ages, this will change and become more tangible.

Therefor it’s important to have your fundamentals in order. But what we do we mean by this? In order to guarantee optimal functioning of a workplace, a number of preconditions must be in place, which form the foundation. In order to guarantee optimal functioning of a workplace, a number of preconditions must be in place, which form the foundation.

  • Windows 10 (percent of devices running Windows 10)
  • Cloud Identity (percent of device registered in Azure AD)
  • Cloud Management (percent of devices enrolled in Intune)
  • Windows Autopilot (percent of devices enrolled in Autopilot)

Understanding score measurement

Endpoint Analytics computes the Software adoption score for all your Intune and co-managed devices, regardless of whether they’ve been configured with the Intune data collection policy or not. For Configuration Manager-managed devices, scores are only computed for enrolled devices.

Windows 10

Windows 10 was developed with modern management at its core. It’s designed to be managed anywhere, whether connected to a corporate network or out on the clear internet. Wherever the device is connected, the device is managed. Support for modern management is baked right into the operating system – so no additional agents are required.

If you’re on Windows 10, then you’re already benefitting from Windows-as-a-Service and its regular security and feature updates. Moving your device management to the Cloud means that you’ll similarly benefit from any new improvements and updates Microsoft make to Microsoft Endpoint Manager automatically. Therefore no doubt Windows 10 provides a better user experience than older versions of Windows. This metric measures the percent of devices on Windows 10 versus an older version of Windows.

There a various strategies moving to Windows 10, if you haven’t already migrated to windows 10. With Windows 10, you can continue to use traditional OS deployment, but you can also “manage out of the box.” To transform new devices into fully-configured, fully-managed devices, you can:

Another good starting point for moving devices from older versions of Windows is to create a deployment plan using Desktop Analytics.

Windows Autopilot

Microsoft Autopilot provides a simpler initial provisioning experience for Windows 10 PCs than the native experience by reducing the number of screens in the Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) and providing defaults, to ensure the employees device is correctly provisioning from the factory or on reset.

This metric measures the percent of Windows 10 devices that are registered for Autopilot. The recommended remediation action is to register existing devices in Autopilot using Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Cloud Identity

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) provides users with numerous productivity benefits including device-wide single sign-on to apps and services, Windows Hello for Business (Hybrid) sign-in, self-service BitLocker recovery, and corporate data roaming with Enterprise State Roaming. This metric measures the percent of devices enrolled in Azure AD.

Your Microsoft Endpoint Manager managed devices are already enrolled in Azure AD. The recommended remediation action for devices managed by Configuration Manager is to either enroll them in Azure AD (Hybrid Azure AD Joined) and co-manage them. Co-managing devices also improves your cloud management score.

Cloud Management

Microsoft Endpoint Manager provides users with several productivity benefits, including enabling access to corporate resources even when they are away from the corporate network, and eliminates the need for and performance overhead of Group Policy, resulting in a better end-user experience. This metric measures the percent of PCs enrolled in Microsoft Endpoint Manager. See how Microsoft is enabling this for our employees.

Monitor your co-management readiness using Microsoft Endpoint Manager (cloud-attach).

The recommended remediation action for devices managed by Configuration Manager that aren’t yet enrolled in Endpoint Manager is to co-manage them.

Doing the math

Certain software is known to improve the end-user experience, independent of lower-level health metrics. For example, Windows 10 has a much higher Net Promoter score than Windows 7. The Software adoption score is a number between 0 and 100 that represents a weighted average of the percent of devices that have deployed various recommended software. The current weighting is higher for Windows than for the other metrics since users interact with them more often.

Endpoint Analytics series

In a series of blog posts I’ll show you the possibilities of endpoint analytics, where to start, how does it works and most important to get the most out of it for your end-users and (IT) organization. Stay tuned!

Sources

Recommended software in Endpoint Analytics https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/analytics/recommended-software

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Ronny works as principal consultant for InSpark, the #1 Dutch Microsoft Partner specialized in Datacenter & Apps, Modern Workplace, Data/AI, Security & Managed Services. As principal consultant Ronny is member of the Technology Board, which is responsible for technology innovation, strategy & vision of InSpark. Ronny’s primary focus is on Microsoft 365 (Identity-, Modern Workplace-, Security & Threat protection. He‘s responsible for a great team of highly skilled consultant’s helping customers to accelerate by innovation. In his role as Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP) he’s working closely with various Microsoft product groups to provide (customer) feedback, product improvements & most important, his contribution to the community by sharing knowledge & experience. His presence at various international (community) events like Tech Summit, Expertslive Europe, TechDays & various user group meetings are dedicated by meeting people & again sharing knowledge.

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