A unified endpoint management (UEM) system streamlines devices with one server and one interface, saving your organization money and your IT team time.
It’s common for a company to have disparate systems to manage mobile devices, desktops, laptops, tablets, and other technology on various operating systems. Users expect a similar experience when accessing apps and data across devices, so ultimately, this demand puts a strain on IT providers as they use multiple disconnected tools to manage and control the devices.
Some of the challenges of managing numerous devices and operating systems:
- - It’s difficult to assess vulnerabilities or what activity might pose a security risk.
- - It’s a challenge to monitor the utility of apps and programs to identify the ones that are most popular.
- - You’re unable to use data to guide decisions about where to make further IT investments.
A unified endpoint management system, with one interface and server, can solve those problems. Tech Target, in its article “Get to Know the United Endpoint Management Market,” argues that the “tangible administrative efficiencies, security benefits, and overall network visibility improvements that unified endpoint management can bring may be well worth it.” UEM will not only streamline the traditional wireless products, but it will also prepare your organization for the future of IT devices, including wearables, IOT-powered products, and even what’s being coined “BYOD,” bring your own device.
Need more convincing? Here are three reasons why your business needs a unified endpoint management system:
- Automation maximizes your IT team’s time and resources through streamlined initial device onboarding, automated actions and remediation, and self-service tools, that allow the team to focus on other strategic, big-picture projects. And it’s good for the organization’s bottom line as well. The software company LANDESK recently implemented a unified endpoint management system. According to LANDESK, UEM empowers your IT team with features that “automate the rollout process of both large and small software projects, including software deployments and patching. This feature simplifies repetitive software distribution projects by automating staged rollout processes to progress from smaller pilot groups all the way up to enterprise-wide distributions.”
- Your IT team can maintain security across devices for full compliance by implementing the same set of consistent processes. These processes should include recording device information, keeping software components up-to-date, and ensuring applications are installed and functioning. According to Ivanti, “a single set of user profiles defining access rights, privileges, and default configurations can be maintained for all supported device platforms to ensure consistency and eliminate duplicate management efforts.” UEM is a fundamental shift away from traditional endpoint management processes.
- Your mobile workforce’s productivity is bolstered when they can work on the tasks at hand with their preferred devices and know that they’ll be able to easily access the information they need in a predictable way. “User productivity is significantly boosted when they can focus on the job tasks they need to perform rather than how to access them,” according to Enterprise Management Associates.
“When business application, data, and services are accessible in a predictable way, with the same restrictions and access requirements for all devices, users are liberated to employ any device they find most appropriate to their current location and the tasks they need to perform.”
A unified endpoint management system provides CIOs a clear, holistic picture of how devices are being utilized, potential risks, and data needed to make informed IT business decisions. By aligning IT offerings with business needs, you can successfully meet the unique challenges of your workforce. Seek out external IT support to help transition disparate system management to unified endpoint management, and provide staff with user ready IT. Find a partner with proven experiences, so you can devote your team’s time and energy towards embracing digital technologies that drive the success and ensure the sustainability of your company.
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