Unified Endpoint Management

What it Can do For Your Business

Understanding the Potential of Unified Endpoint Management

Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) will make the life of admins so much easier. This blogpost gives an insight of the benefits of UEM and ventures an outlook on the promising development of the UEM market.

What is UEM about?

UEM is a dynamic new approach to securing and managing user devices (desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets) in a connected, consistent manner – from a single console.
As a result, IT teams can:

  • Remotely control, change, and secure devices across various platforms
  • Lockdown hardware when security or access policies are compromised
  • Secure the sensitive data held on such devices

As a result, organizations will no longer need separate tools to manage their PCs and mobile devices. That, in a nutshell, is the potential of UEM, and market analysts now believe the tool maturity is in place to make it a proven reality. Indeed, Forrester stated in January 2018 that ‘UEM finally arrives!

Easy handling

The reason UEM is growing in reputation is that with Cloud computing, mobile devices, and IoT, the attack surface of modern businesses has dramatically enlarged – with IT policies struggling to keep pace.

This all changes with UEM: every aspect of a corporate architecture can be easily managed – from the hardware inventory to patch updates for both Windows and Apple MacOS devices.
What’s more, as your network continues to grow, UEM makes it simpler for IT teams to gain visibility across all endpoints, analyze this activity, and where necessary apply a fix.

More benefits

Not that the focus is exclusively on security. Productivity also gets a significant boost. This is achieved by simplifying device management and removing the use of disparate point solutions which only help increase costs, tie-up resources, and decrease operational efficiency.

Or put another way, productivity is increased by enabling users to focus solely on the tasks they have to complete, and where:

  • Business apps, data, and services are accessible in a consistent and predictable way
  • The same restrictions and access requirements apply across every device and location
  • IT services are directly aligned to business needs to deliver a more effective approach to client lifecycle management

Where the journey goes

As Forrester notes, ‘UEM is now practical’ for organizations already utilizing Google Chrome OS, MacOS, and Windows 10 – through a combination of Master Data Management (MDM) and client management tools.

Gartner agrees, stating that modern OSs favor UEM-only management, while IDC is already factoring UEM into its analysis of EMM software. In fact, there is a clear consensus among analysts that UEM is a direction most organizations will inevitably head toward (the UEM market, estimated at $1.4 billion in 2017 is expected to reach $7.06 billion by 2020).

The emphasis today is therefore on delivering features that bridge the gap between client management tools and UEM, though such capabilities will become less important over time as most devices and OSs entering service will be ‘UEM-ready’.

Transforming your business with UEM

For many organizations, UEM will undoubtedly form part of wider business transformation projects – such as migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Yet, demand will also be driven by a desire for modern management capabilities, and the prospect of long-term savings – particularly when larger deployments that support 1000s of devices on multiple platforms are involved.

The benefits of UEM for IT are significant. Operationally, the value extends from eliminating redundancy of process to allowing faster time to market for new apps. Whereas at the strategic level UEM looks set to be a catalyst for freeing up resources and turning IT from a support function to true business drivers.

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