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The Bahraini Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs turns to Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite to enable a secure and comprehensive BYOD strategy for 250 employees. The move enables flexible and location-independent working and, to a greater degree, powers its strategy to encourage the Kingdom’s youth to attain high levels of achievement in various fields.

Business needs

The Bahraini Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, founded in 1983, is an important organization within the Kingdom. It offers young people training programs and opportunities to compete at professional levels in the national and international spheres. It employs approximately 250 people and has 52 clubs, 35 youth centers, and nine sports facilities.

Its high profile work reflects the country’s wider aspirations and also enhances the Kingdom’s global reputation. The Ministry’s workers spend a lot of time outside the office as they coordinate and implement sports activities and programs. To make it easier for employees to fulfill their roles, the Ministry wanted to introduce a BYOD policy that would enable them to work from any location and securely access important applications.

Solution

The Ministry previously took the first steps towards a mobility strategy when it implemented Microsoft Lync 2013. The initiative cut communication costs and provided integration with its Exchange email platform.

His Excellency Mr. Hisham Bin Mohamed Al-Jowder, Minister of Youth and Sport Affairs adds, “We are the first organization in Bahrain to adopt Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite. This is definitely a forward-looking and innovative approach that, in recognition of the potential of young people, places their needs at the center of our activities.”

“Most of our employees are young people for whom using mobile devices is second nature. We already had Lync and were impressed by it. So to drive wider usage and empower employees with mobile working, we decided to implement Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite,” says Nani Butti, Chief of Information Technology at Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs.

Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) provides a wealth of features to securely enable BYOD, which can be managed from the cloud or on-premises:

  • identity and access management for most apps or devices with single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, self-service passwords, and more;
  • robust security including sophisticated, automated behavioral analytics that help identify suspicious activities and advanced threats in near real time; and
  • enterprise mobility management with controlled employee access, via virtually any device, to corporate applications and data.

Benefits

  • EMS delivers cross-platform management that allows Ministry employees to use a wide range of devices running on Windows, iOS, and Android.
  • It provides controlled access to applications with policy-based conditions that are set by the Ministry.
  • Identity management for all users ensures secure access to the Ministry’s network while also protecting the network.
  • Email rights management is set up with a single action making it extremely easy to add new users.
  • EMS enables the Ministry to push its e-services apps to users so they can freely and flexibly work, regardless of where they are.
  • Access control guarantees that if a device is lost, it can be remotely locked down to protect the Ministry’s information.
  • EMS pushes maximum use of Lync which cuts communication costs.
  • It supports the Ministry’s drive to encourage the Kingdom’s youth by allowing employees to use mobile tools they are already familiar with.
  • The use of Microsoft EMS is a flagship implementation – the first of its kind in Bahrain, and is set to be adopted by other government organizations.

Abdulredha Almosawi, Organizational Development Advisor at Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, says, “The Enterprise Mobility Suite makes a big difference in how we communicate as an organization, while at the same time, sets an innovative example to other organizations about the power of mobility.”