Windows Defender ATP helps detect sophisticated threats (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
To respond to the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, Microsoft IT implemented a new cloud-based service, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Focusing on the small number of attacks that originate from advanced adversaries, Windows Defender ATP draws on machine learning, big data, and security analytics to help us detect, investigate, and respond to advanced, targeted attacks on our network, without building costly, on-premises solutions.
Windows Defender ATP helps detect sophisticated threats (Technical Case Study)

Streamlining application compatibility testing at Microsoft (Business Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
Microsoft relies on Microsoft IT to maintain stable, consistent performance for line-of-business applications. As platforms move from product to service, more frequent product updates require a shift in our application compatibility testing methodology. We centralized processes, rationalized our application portfolio, and leveraged virtualization and automation to rapidly deploy products and updates. Streamlining our processes increased our testing efficacy—reducing the time, cost, and effort of each test cycle.
Streamlining application compatibility testing at Microsoft (Business Case Study)

Adopting Windows as a service at Microsoft (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
Windows 10 introduced a new way to streamline operating system updates—Windows as a service. Microsoft IT uses in-place upgrades and agile methodology to promote Windows adoption. We’ve streamlined application compatibility testing, established pilot deployments with early adopters, tracked progress through visual workflows, and made data-driven decisions using Upgrade Analytics. As a result, we were able to quickly deploy Windows 10, Windows 10 November update, and Windows 10 Anniversary Update across the company.
Adopting Windows as a service at Microsoft (Technical Case Study)

Azure resource inventory helps manage operational efficiency and compliance (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
For Microsoft IT, conventional processes for managing Microsoft Azure resources weren’t providing good visibility into self-provisioned cloud usage. To overcome this challenge, we created and maintain an inventory of the Azure subscriptions and resources across the enterprise. It includes detailed resource and usage records for resource management and auditing. With the inventory, we developed a system for Azure usage management that helps us realize efficiency and value from our Azure resources.
Azure resource inventory helps manage operational efficiency and compliance (Technical Case Study)

Analyzing Azure inventory data to optimize resources and reduce risk (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
To better manage and secure our Microsoft Azure resources, Microsoft IT created an Azure asset inventory that provides a consolidated view of all the Azure subscriptions and resources at Microsoft. Key data in the inventory helps us analyze Azure resources and configurations to optimize the environment and ensure compliance. Having the ability to analyze the Azure resource inventory for resource and configuration data has helped reduce costs, improve security, reduce risk, and manage resource ownership.
Analyzing Azure inventory data to optimize resources and reduce risk (Technical Case Study)

Certifying Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book as standard devices at Microsoft (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
To provide employees with a choice of work computers, Microsoft IT maintains a list of standard devices that meet our requirements for performance, user authentication, secure connectivity, and information security. Built to support Windows 10, standard configurations of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 meet our device criteria for deployment. For ease of device management, we use standard tools and utilities that help us manage, configure, and protect Surface devices within the enterprise.
Certifying Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book as standard devices at Microsoft (Technical Case Study)

Insights in Windows Upgrade Analytics accelerate Windows 10 upgrades (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
With a faster release cadence for Windows 10 upgrades, it’s important that we quickly identify potential deployment blockers and issues. Microsoft IT implemented Windows Upgrade Analytics to help us gain a better understanding of the Microsoft environment and insights about our upgrade readiness. Upgrade Analytics provides computer, application, and device driver inventory—along with guided workflows we can use from pilot to deployment, and tools to help us make data-driven decisions about our application portfolio.
Insights in Windows Upgrade Analytics accelerate Windows 10 upgrades (Technical Case Study)

Data analytics and smart buildings increase comfort and energy efficiency (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
For workplace comfort, the equipment in cooling and heating facilities needs to work properly. Accurately predicting when this expensive equipment is likely to fail helps lower operational costs and increase efficiency. It’s also important to reduce the carbon footprint and save energy. The Real Estate and Facilities organization in Microsoft and Microsoft IT use data analytics, smart buildings, the Internet of Things, and Azure Machine Learning for predictive maintenance, climate control, and HVAC optimization.
Data analytics and smart buildings increase comfort and energy efficiency (Technical Case Study)

Using IoT devices and data analytics to create a safe workplace at Microsoft (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
For workplace safety in more than 800 buildings and 190 countries/regions, Microsoft Global Security and Microsoft IT take advantage of the Internet of Things and monitor the health of 25,000 smart devices—like security cameras, panic buttons, alarms, access control systems, and sensors. If any device fails, physical security, productivity, and company assets are at risk. With data analytics on performance and likelihood of failure, we proactively manage risk, do predictive maintenance, and boost device uptime.
Using IoT devices and data analytics to create a safe workplace at Microsoft (Technical Case Study)

Propelling digital transformation in manufacturing operations with Power BI (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
To avoid costly problems in the supply chain and production line, manufacturers must monitor and optimize their operations. For Microsoft, hardware manufacturing for Microsoft Surface, HoloLens, and Xbox is a multibillion-dollar business. But curating production data took time away from proactive decision-making. Microsoft IT and the Microsoft supply chain used Microsoft Power BI and data analytics to transform operations in one factory, which led to higher productivity and faster anomaly detection.
Propelling digital transformation in manufacturing operations with Power BI (Technical Case Study)