Managing mobile devices is more complicated than ever. Instead of company-provided computers, tablets, and phones, users want to use their own devices to access corporate applications and data on and off the workplace. To make this possible, strong management tools are required to monitor and secure both devices and the business data stored on them.
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Fortunately, there is now a wide range of suitable tools to choose from. It starts with traditional Client Management Tools (CMT) like Microsoft System Center Configuration Management. There are also management systems for mobile devices (MDM), mobile applications (MAM) or even mobile content (MCM). Let’s not forget the Access and Identity Control (IAM) systems and host security systems either. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) combines all these tools in one product, so that several scattered building blocks no longer have to be provided and monitored.
EMM was a big step forward, but bypassed fixed and portable workstations. In response, Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) technology emerged with the much-needed ability to unify workstation and mobile device management into a single tool. And it goes even further, with connected objects or even wearables.
With the UEM tools, companies can distribute, configure and provision endpoints, but also manage the applications, data and content located there. They can be useful in different types of environments, whether they are BYOD-type security policies or those that have strict security policies in place to protect sensitive sensitive data that prohibit the use of personal devices. UEM’s tools are equally useful for securely provisioning and managing corporate devices, whether the company authorizes personal devices or not.
But the topic of IoT and wearables is also important. Is it really possible to prevent users from receiving email on their Apple Watch? Does the company have associated objects in its uses or stores? The WWU can standardize all aspects of the management of mobile terminals and gradually adapt to the emergence of new devices. UEM platforms serve as a single entry point for myriad functions that can help increase employee productivity and generate long-term savings by avoiding the proliferation of management platforms.
You can use UEM tools to configure and provision all endpoints – personal or corporate – on the network. You can also configure, manage, deploy, and secure enterprise applications by cataloging them in controlled groups or compartments. UEM tools allow administrators to create and set policies to perform the same tasks in detail. For example, this applies to Wi-Fi and VPN networks so that personal devices can securely connect to corporate resources, including using certificates to verify connections.
Many UEM tools also support policies based on location, device model, operating system, and user group, and offer a wide range of options to meet specific needs. Organization. This flexibility is especially important for multinational companies that need separate applications, data and types of devices for different international locations to accommodate regulations in different countries.
The WWU also makes it easier to share new devices and decommission other, old or irrelevant devices by enabling the remote removal of sensitive and confidential content. This feature also applies to lost or stolen devices.
With the UEM tools, administrators get a single dashboard that can be used to view all devices in real time, whether they are on premise or in the cloud, whether they are running Windows 10, Unix / Linux, macOS or Windows 10 iOS , Android, Chrome or IoT systems. With such a central platform it is possible to transfer and enforce updates and system guidelines on many different devices. It is also possible to manage and track bulk purchases of apps and licenses for different devices.
These tasks can be a real problem for IT departments without a consolidated, unified solution. And all that without forgetting about remote troubleshooting to help users more quickly in the event of an incident.
Disadvantages of EMU
The list of advantages is impressive, but UEM tools have a few drawbacks that should be considered before committing to an implementation:
UEM tools do not perform best with legacy systems. Older Windows systems can be supported, but EMU can be fully used with Windows 10. The organizational structure may not allow all devices to be managed within a single department or country, and the features available may vary by device and operating system. Costs. In addition to investing in the tools themselves, resources need to be dedicated to adequate training and upgrading infrastructure to replace technical debt equipment.
The decision to invest in EMU must be based on a careful analysis of current issues affecting user productivity, the number of full-time positions (full-time equivalents) required to manage the environment, security concerns, and security. the company’s ability to manage the arrival of new personal devices and connected objects that can be challenging for any business. Prohibiting access to corporate data on personal devices is not necessarily a sustainable policy.