As your organization scales, it will need to manage a variety of devices for your growing number of employees — including all the data attached to them as well as the data that has yet to be created. This is a challenge for any business. Unified endpoint management eases that burden, as it offers greater control and oversight of devices and the ability to streamline policies across desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and now, even wearables.
UEM is viewed as the first step in an organization’s digital transformation: a new way to think about IT strategy. As Matt Louden of MOBI writes, “at its core, UEM is about viewing all IT assets as part of a broader business strategy rather than a separate technology category.” Viewing your IT assets via UEM means you’ll be better able to strategize your business plan for the long term and have a smoother transition to new technologies and business models that drive the Internet of Things (IoT).
Furthermore, UEM provides a consistent user experience and accommodates what end users prefer on their devices. Here are four benefits to transitioning to UEM:
- Greater visibility and simplified management. Having centralized IT endpoints means your organization has just one source to monitor usage, cost, security, and more. “This visibility provides not only opportunities for cost savings, but also the ability to troubleshoot, diagnose, and resolve issues remotely,” according to MOBI.
- Increased security and compliance. Encryption, multi-factor authentication, security credentials, and other applications are enabled remotely and even before your employee receives the device and begins work.
- Consistent user experience. No matter the device or operating system, UEM is a universal platform, which benefits the user as their experience is standardized, managed, and optimized across the organization.
- Improved operational efficiency. UEM makes content and collaboration tools easily accessible across all platforms. As AirWatch writes, “content and collaboration management is critical to the overall management of devices within UEM.”
Ready to make the shift to UEM? The following three points will guide your transition to a UEM mindset:
- Consider the risk profile. What’s best for your organization’s needs, and how does UEM fit strategically into the bigger picture? As Ken Beaver of Tech Target asks, what are your organization’s endpoint configuration standards, what specific policies do you want or do you have to follow, and what information are you responsible for protecting?
- Evaluate how UEM will affect the technologies already in place. Can existing malware, network access controls, and security information fit into the UEM system? Transitioning to UEM should smooth the management and controlling of multiple devices rather than add on — or introduce — pain points.
- Purchase for today, plan for tomorrow. Technologies are changing by the day, which is why making the transition now is beneficial down the line. UEM is considered the tool of the future for mobility management as organizations seek to empower their employees through programs like Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and as organizations seek a smoother management system.
Unified endpoint management won’t replace IoT management or other middleware platforms. But if your organization is already dedicating time and resources to manage smartphones and tablets, UEM can certainly lower operational costs.