What is Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)?

What is Unified Endpoint Management?

Unified endpoint management is the method of centrally managing endpoint devices from a single location. These endpoints include mobile devices, desktops, laptops, tablets, wearables and other smart devices used for accessing networks or resources within an organization.

UEM Elements

Network Configuration Management

An ideal Unified Endpoint Management solution should allow you to securely manage, monitor and control endpoints throughout the organization. By integrating various bulk enrollment methods formulated by different platforms, like Apple’s DEP and Android’s ZTE programs, the IT department can ensure the new users have received the required configurations from the start.

Application Management

A key feature of a UEM solution is Application Management. With the help of this feature, applications can be deployed, updated, tracked and removed from a target device. A unified app catalog can be created to streamline app deployment at an enterprise level. This means that apps can be grouped and pushed to devices on the basis of departments in the organization. Only apps relevant to the user would be available on their device.

Content Management

Sharing data over-the-air, especially sensitive corporate data, is risky. Malicious entities like hackers, phishing bots, etc. are always on the lookout for such unsecured data transfers. A Unified Endpoint Management solution can enforce strong authentication mechanisms to ensure such sensitive data is delivered securely.

Identity and Access Management

A Unified Endpoint Management solution allows you to seamlessly integrate corporate directories for user authentication, identity, and access controls.

Security Management

A UEM solution should be capable of implementing sturdy security controls to protect sensitive corporate data. These security controls can be applied to a multitude of endpoints hailing from various platforms.

BYOD Containers

BYOD support is essential for any Unified Endpoint Management solution. Bringing personal devices to work can increase employee productivity and decrease operational costs. Through containerization, enterprises may create a secure space within the employee’s personal device.

UEM use cases

Unlike MDM and EMM solutions, Unified Endpoint Management aims to integrate all the endpoints coming under an organization’s purview. This widely increases the scope of the scenarios in which it can be used. Some of the key use cases of UEM solutions are as follows:

Rugged Device Management

Rugged devices are a godsend to industries which employ a large number of field workers. These industries include construction, transportation, logistics, healthcare, military among several others. Their sturdy design and construction make them withstand extreme conditions. These characteristics make rugged devices a perfect partner for the growing mobile workforce.

CMT integration

Client Management Tools represents a bygone era in device management. In its hay day, CMT was used to manage configurations in client systems. The key issue with CMT was its inclusivity and the fact that it took too long to enroll, provision and audit devices in an organization. But at that time, it got the job done. As time passed mobility became a huge component of device management. With the introduction of mobile devices in the workplace, CMT quite frankly became obsolete.

IoT management

At present, UEM solutions have already dipped their toes into IoT management. Devices like smart TVs, landlines phones, scanners, wearables, all need to be managed and secured. With the integration of UEM with IoT devices, IT can manage and secure all these devices from a centralized location. This could vastly improve device security for the devices involved.

Why does your organization require a Unified Management Solution?

Controlling endpoints present across the organization through diverse management solutions are not optimal for a modern organization. Unified Endpoint Management essentially provides a singular solution that combines features of CMT, EMM and Identity and Access Management. It simplifies the work IT has to do in many ways, one of which being the deployment of manpower. When you employ multiple solutions in your organization, you are also required to train different sets of staff for these solutions respectively.

Hexnode MDM is an award winning Enterprise Mobility Management vendor which helps businesses to secure and manage BYOD, COPE, apps and content.