The Top 3 Reasons For UEM

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 04/04/2018
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The easiest way to visualize the change would be to watch a spider web grow wider and wider, then see its endpoints come back together to create a full, three-dimensional circle.

That’s the mindset behind Unified Endpoint Management, or UEM, and its incoming presence to the enterprise mobility market. At the center of the spider web is the IT team’s entire fleet of devices – mobile equipment, tethered hardware in an office, even servers filled with data and compute capabilities.

From there, each specific device or fleet of equipment has its own management and security solutions and dashboards which go in a separate direction from one another – creating the actual web – and continue on perpetually so long as the equipment or software is in use.

That, clearly, has grown chaotic, and enterprises will need to reign that in, or connect all those stretched areas to a single pane of glass. And that’s where UEM comes in – to be the center point for all management and security across an enterprise.

See related: Let's Be Honest, You Need UEM Now

So what are the business benefits of UEM? It’s simple to see, and we’ve outlined here:

Security, Security, Security

Ask any enterprise IT executive what their top priorities are, and there’s a 100% chance they say security is high on the list, if not at the top. Add to that the proliferation of mobile devices and connecting “things,” and security has now become the core foundation of digital transformation. So what’s the deal with UEM and security? Consider this: a single employee may have a tethered workstation, a work-specific laptop, and one or two other mobile devices, including a smartphone and a tablet – all of which connect to the enterprise’s backend data. There’s a good chance all of those devices were deployed to the employee at separate times, and have different management systems – if any – that the IT team is overseeing. Multiply that by hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of employees across several campuses, and the organization is staring at millions of available endpoints and a threat landscape as far as the eye can see. Now, managing all of it under a single security protocol reigns in dozens of disparate systems and gives single control to the IT and security teams – which they’ll thank you for.

So Much Savings

The majority of security executives will likely say their needs are underfunded to protect the enterprise. The same response would come from the CIO, as well as the mobile administrators. So what’s one way to find savings? Paring down the number of systems in place being licensed or sought annually is a great place to start. 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.

No More Mobile Environment Angst

The U in UEM is an underestimated component of the incoming management system. There’s a reason it’s been unified – to encapsulate all endpoints under one control. So how does that change an evolving enterprise mobility-first mindset? As IT teams weigh the security and management concerns around BYOD or COPE, and how either will make users feel, incorporating a UEM platform will create a seamless user experience for employees at all levels of the business. Rather than containerization on certain devices, versus MDMs or EMMs on other equipment, the push and pull of IT security needs and employee comfortability won’t be compromised.

See related: For Security Needs, UEM Is Poised To Soar

According to a recent MarketsandMarkets forecast, the UEM market value is set to soar, jumping from $1.4 billion in 2017 to $7.06 billion prediction by 2022, a CAGR of 38.2% over the next decade.

“The need for a single UEM solution that can manage traditional and non-traditional endpoints is one of the most significant factors projected to drive the growth of the unified endpoint management market,” the report stated. “In addition, increased awareness regarding the importance of data security in organizations is also contributing to the growth of the unified endpoint management market.”

If unifying the incredible amount of wireless and tethered devices in your enterprise isn’t on your IT’s strategy roadmap, unfortunately the company is already behind.

Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt