Let's Be Honest: You Need UEM Now

With the number of connected devices across the globe – predictions go as high as 50 billion by 2020 – the need for management of those devices is at an all-time high. Additionally, the number of endpoint management solutions – EMM, MDM, MAM – are growing in a similar fashion.

So while supply is keeping up with demand, IT administrators and mobile centers of excellence are facing a number of disparate challenges, deploying management capabilities for untethered devices while overseeing firewalls and other security measures for desktops and office printers alike.

Information technology is always looking for the next innovation, and while it’s not necessarily new, there’s a reason Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is gaining steam as the explosion of enterprise mobility continues.

“EMM platforms are evolving from tactical device management tools to broader unified end-user computing management (UEM) platforms, crossing mobile devices, apps, and data, as well as traditional computing platforms such as laptops and PCs,” according to Strategy Analytics. “As mobility grows in the enterprise, EMM solutions will become centralized control points for how employees and devices connect to enterprise data and IT resources.”

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Oftentimes market value growth is a key indicator of why a technology is being adopted so quickly, and the UEM market is a prime example. Forecasts indicate the UEM market will see unprecedented growth through 2020, boasting a 42.9% compound annual growth rate and leaping from $624.9 million in 2015 to $3.73 billion by decade’s end.

So why does an enterprise IT team, or the mobile group specifically, need to implement UEM? Here are a few reasons that may peel back the layers of confusion associated with the all-encompassing solution.

  • All For One, One For All
    Now that your enterprise has fully embraced mobile transformation, it’s also embraced a large amount of solutions needed to control and manage those devices. Unified Endpoint Management can harness mobile devices, legacy equipment like PCs, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, all from the same dashboard. Ask any IT administrator or manager what they’d appreciate most when it comes to the solutions they deploy, and visibility and consistency will rise to the top of the list. The time for a separate solution for each of your enterprise’s technology management may be coming to an end.
  • Security Isn’t Going Away
    What’s the point of device management, whether it be tethered or not? Security, of course. Any enterprise that says it’s not considering security as a priority is either lying or trying to cover up the fact they’ve already been breached. Anyhow, just like EMM or MDM secures mobility specifically, UEM is enhancing that practice and then some. Now that your office of the future includes wireless printers or biometric-capable building entry points to go along with your team’s mobile devices out in the field, the threat vectors are innumerable. Putting a clamp down on those from a singular management standpoint is invaluable to administrators.
  • Money, Money, Money
    The IT department isn’t exactly strapped with cash in most enterprises, so finding calculable ROI is a mega win for any company. Replacing existing management solutions for on- and off-line equipment with one system will obviously cut costs from the beginning. Additionally, the lower cost of management could relate to time savings and enhanced productivity for administrators, and, arguably the biggest line item, is knowing tighter security protocols are in place. Thwarting a breach isn’t so much about money saved, rather, money lost.

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Just as enterprise mobility has become the focal point of how business-critical work is accomplished, and IoT is beginning to force itself on each industry, unified endpoint management is now the turning point for management solutions. This isn’t a breakdown into what works best for BYOD, COPE, or legacy systems – it’s the next step in enhancing a solution that encompasses all the enterprise needs.