Sunday 30 April 2017

What’s the best operating system for your business?

A good operating system can make a huge difference to your business. So what’s the best choice for your company?

While most people never give their operating system much thought as it runs in their computer in the background, its importance cannot be underestimated and making the right choice is essential.

The operating system is the most important software that runs on a computer.  It manages the computer’s memory and processes, as well as all of its software and hardware. 

The business landscape is intensely competitive and for success it’s essential to get ahead and future-proof with the right operating systems, devices and technology that provide every possible edge.

If you just use your device for personal use, your priorities are most likely to be speed, communication and making sure your photographs and videos are adequately backed up so Windows Home is the perfect fit for you. But for business it’s an entirely different story.  Security, reliability and dependability are all vitally important, particularly in sectors that are highly regulated.   Windows 10 is one of the most secure operating systems available today, but did you know that there are different versions depending on what your needs are? 

If you’re buying a new device for yourself or your business, if you’re upgrading existing devices or if you’re working with your IT partner about upgrading or modernising, then it is essential to research well before you buy.  There are massive management and security benefits, particularly if your industry has privacy or data considerations or you are an IT or Finance Manager and want to eliminate risk.

So which Windows 10 is best for you? We look at the options here:

Windows 10 Pro – Meeting the Needs of SME’s

Why should you go Pro? If you are a small to medium business, you now have the chance to use the same operating system that Fortune 50 enterprises use every day. Windows 10 Pro is designed to meet the needs of business with essential features that don’t come with the home edition.

If you have a small to medium business and are using an old device or an old version of Windows and are considering upgrading or buying a new device, there’s no better time. The biggest advantage is the defence against modern security threats, plus you’ll have seamless integration with the cloud and the defences that you need.

Years of security advancements have now been developed and your business will have added defences with Windows Defender and Windows Firewall. Bitlocker is built in, so that nobody can boot up your PC without your pin and the innovative Windows Hello recognises you from your face or fingerprint.

Snap Screens allows users to see two different screens at the same time and you’ll have all the tools for the modern workplace with multiple ways to get things done from voice, touch and pen to the traditional keyboard. You can access your desktop from virtually anywhere and IT can make fixes and changes no matter where the machine is located.

Windows 10 Enterprise (E3) – Privacy and Security Across Devices

For larger SMEs, particularly in highly regulated industries or those where privacy and security are at the forefront when dealing with sensitive data needs to be managed and secured, Windows 10 Enterprise E3 offers peace of mind.

Most companies are managing multiple devices and now is a good opportunity to work with your Microsoft partner to upgrade to Windows 10 E3 with simplified licencing with per-user, per-month pricing.

So what’s the difference with Windows 10 E3?  You get enterprise grade security and control. This option is ideal for businesses that process sensitive data, operate in regulated industries with strict compliance requirements. You can ensure that employees see highly-sensitive data only on a need-to-know basis and that accidental leaks are prevented.

It’s a thoroughly comprehensive approach to helping protect your business information, customer data, employee identities and ultimately – your reputation.

Windows 10 Enterprise (E5) – Advanced Threat Protection

Windows 10 Enterprise E5 is the newest offer for customers who want to take advantage of everything in E3 with the addition of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) – a new service that helps enterprises detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on their networks. 

Building on the existing security defences in Windows 10, Windows Defender ATP provides a new post-breach layer of protection to the Windows 10 security stack. With a combination of client technology built into Windows 10 and a robust cloud service, it can help detect threats that have made it past other defenses, provide enterprises with information to investigate the breach across endpoints, and offer response recommendations

The other great benefit of Windows 10 Enterprise, is that it you have the option to purchase it on a subscription basis meaning it can be treated as an operating expense rather than a capital expense for accounting purposes.  Designed to be delivered as a cloud service and managed by a trusted partner, your business can reply on comprehensive management and support around implementation, users, subscription ordering and configuration of services and devices.

So what does this mean?  You’ll eliminate the need for device counting and audits, while getting a simpler, more consistent process for managing licences and staying compliant with per-user licencing. 

The routine tasks of onboarding new employees and re-assigning licences from one user to another will be handled and you’ll have the flexibility to scale as your business needs change.

You may not have thought about it before but choosing the right operating system for your business devices is key. There are many different operating systems with lots of different features that can help you to run your business. So, choose wisely to stay secure and up to date with the latest technology.

Find out more about Windows 10 for Business here

 

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