In its design, unified endpoint management (UEM) is a single tool with the appropriate levels of productivity and security functionality needed to support your entire environment of smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Expanding beyond the high-growth MDM and EMM markets, UEM is growing at a staggering rate of 38.2% per year and expected to surpass $7 billion in 2022, according to MarketsandMarkets Research. The top reason: “The need for a single UEM solution that can manage traditional and non-traditional endpoints,” the researcher says.1
What Can UEM Do for You?
For IT and security leaders: Reduce spend on new technology investments; speed up deployments; cut down on the number of human resources tasked with management; simplify migrations; strengthen security and policy enforcement; leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technology; manage user identity and access to corporate apps and resources; reduce risk through advanced threat detection; deliver remote control for smartphones, tablets and laptops.
For your end users: Increase flexibility to use their devices of choice; reduce risk if they lose a device; simplify their enrollments; ensure they are using current versions with the latest patches; benefit from faster, more reliable access to their work, apps and data—at any time, from any location, on any device.
For your enterprise: Reduce costs (Capex and Opex); support bring your own device (BYOD) programs; empower a more mobile workforce; securely enable new technologies such as IoT and wearables; move to a cloud model to enhance and support agility, responsiveness, accelerated development and business transformation.
Choose Your UEM Wisely: A Top 10 Checklist
Of course, not every UEM solution is created equal. Many, in fact, will not be quite as adept at delivering maximum value to your organization. What should you expect? Here are the top 10 items to look for in your UEM investment:
- Single console management, reducing dependence on point solutions to address endpoint and mobile security.
- Support for any device type,e., smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, wearables and IoT.
- Support for all OS versions—everything from legacy (Windows 7, which is facing end of life in 2020) to the latest (Chrome OS, HoloLens).
- Secure container for email, contacts, calendars and separation of data from personal device content.
- Unified application catalogs offering one app catalog across all supported devices and OSes.
- Simple over-the-air enrollment and patch and update management for low-touch, no-touch laptop and desktop deployments.
- Identity and access management with single sign-on.
- Mobile threat management for devices, apps and the network.
- AI/cognitive insights and contextual analytics.
- Management and security for specialized use cases, such as wearables, ruggedized devices and the IoT.
A UEM that Checks All the Boxes
IBM MaaS360 with Watson is the first and only UEM solution that delivers on all the criteria outlined in the top 10 UEM checklist. MaaS360 provides consistent visibility, manageability, security, reporting and analytics across all endpoints—whether through MDM APIs or traditional client management—delivered from a single management console.
MaaS360 offers the added advantage of being exclusively a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. That means you can get up and running faster, shift to a more predictable—and lower—cost model, minimize your management footprint and ensure that endpoints are always running the latest software version, including updated code as platform vendors release expanded APIs.
MaaS360 is yours to try free for 30 days. Gain full production access to its best-in-class cloud platform, begin enrolling a broad assortment of devices, and start familiarizing yourself with the features and functionality that the industry-leading cognitive UEM has to offer. Try it today and experience the difference by visiting IBM.com/MaaS360.
1 “Unified Endpoint Management Market: Global Forecast to 2022,” MarketsandMarkets Research, March 2018