Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is an approach to securing and controlling desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets in a connected, cohesive manner from a single console. Simply stated, it lets organizations use a single platform to manage desktops and mobile devices.
UEM is definitely not a new concept, nor is it just the latest buzzword. But what’s driving all the buzz?
- ABI Research’s latest Internet of Things (IoT) data predicts over 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet by 2020.
- Research and Market data states the UEM market was USD 1.40 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 7.06 billion by 2022.
- Forrester study predicts more than 80 percent of organizations will leverage artificial intelligence or cognitive computing to analyze endpoints by 2020.
To help you along the path to digital enterprise transformation, here are some benefit highlights of UEM: for IT, for users, and for the enterprise.
UEM Improves IT Security Administration
Over the past years, organizations have invested significant time, money and resources to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks. But despite the investment, we probably did not plan enough. We now realize IT Security has become one of the most time-consuming, difficult, and costliest administrative practice for an organization.
So how can UEM help? A modern-day UEM solution includes fully-integrated support for security assurance coupled with these important controls:
- Authorized/unauthorized devices inventory
- Authorized/unauthorized software inventory
- Secure endpoint configurations
- Administrative privileges control
Adopting a UEM solution will reduce organizational fragmentation, leading to reduced operational costs while providing increased visibility into suspicious activity across all endpoints, making it easier for IT managers to analyze these activities and take corrective action.
UEM Benefits Users
If you were to ask your users what they expect from their IT organization, it would be this: I want access to any app, any content, from any device or location at any time of day. UEM provides just this “self-service” experience.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering if providing this will stop employees from seeking answers and resources from outside, unsecured, and non-compliant sources-a situation that’s only going to get worse as IoT continues to grow in the workplace.
Well, not only is UEM beneficial for IT Security, it will also benefit users by offering them flexibility, access, and efficiency. Using a cloud-based unified endpoint management solution will allow your IT organization to provide business teams and users:
- Push-based and instant delivery of policies, apps and updates
- Self-service access to any app in its unified catalog across any device -from the latest mobile-cloud apps to legacy enterprise apps
- Fully automated enrollment, pre-configuration and retirement for any device
UEM Secures Email
Today’s UEM tools provide enterprises with a fully integrated UEM platform across all iOS, Google Android and Windows 10 devices, including desktops and notebooks.
While UEM tools are helpful in providing a seamless, productive experience for the enterprise user, we must also be sure to provide consistent, necessary protections, in particular, secure Email. Applying UEM tools to Email means all corporate email, contacts, and calendar items can be stored on a device separate from personal applications and data. IT organizations can now enforce restrictions on email attachments, plus printing, and cutting and pasting information from other applications into emails. Furthermore, you can now start to integrate your existing data leakage prevention (DLP) tools which monitor and restrict content sent out in enterprise emails.
The clock is ticking on traditional Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) solutions. Their fragmented approach to EMM limits their efficiency and effectiveness. UEM brings a comprehensive and effective solution to endpoint management that enterprises absolutely require-management from a single pane of glass, and not by multiple incompatible tools, technologies and devices. If you have any questions about implementing a UEM solution at your organization, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d love to help you out.
Senior Mobile Strategist & Digital Transformation Leader at Propelics
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