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Explore the features of unified endpoint management

Introduction

For endpoint management, the past was simple; IT typically managed a group of PCs that were designated for the workplace. Then, mobile devices entered the game.

Employees began to use their work devices for personal tasks and personal devices for work purposes, raising the issue of device ownership and making it difficult for IT to retain control. Will IT need to protect employee data if it's viewed on a smartphone? Do company-wide IT policies extend to BYOD devices? Enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile device management (MDM) helped to answer those questions -- but because mobile devices and traditional PCs are managed differently, a gap still remained.

Enter unified endpoint management, or UEM, which is available within EMM tools and other endpoint management offerings. UEM software attempts to offer IT pros organization, visibility and control over their end users and devices -- all through a centralized management console.

UEM software can simplify an organization's mobile strategy, but it could also add complexity depending on whether the company uses it correctly. It's important for IT pros to take a high-level approach first and evaluate the pros and cons before using UEM.

Let's take a look at what unified endpoint management is before diving into how to manage it correctly. Then, we'll take a step back to review how the unified endpoint management market has changed, and what's driving it forward.

1The benefits of UEM-

Review unified endpoint management's advantages

As the IT landscape becomes more complex and, subsequently, less secure, the benefits of unified endpoint management have become more obvious. UEM offers increased security against potential attacks, integration with desktops to simplify IT infrastructure and more. An organization should explore every pro -- and con -- before adopting this technology.

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In a mobile-driven workforce, UEM keeps track of devices

Mobile devices make it hard for admins to retain control over their users. Now, unified endpoint management enables admins to manage multiple devices in a centralized location and discover how users accomplish tasks. Continue Reading

Blog Post

Unified endpoint management offers integration, security

While some unified endpoint management systems offer additional layers of complexity, VMware's AirWatch tries to keep things simple. AirWatch offers integration with traditional desktop software, as well as advanced security features. Continue Reading

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Risk factors increase the importance of UEM

As standards and threats around mobile IT evolve, unified endpoint management has become increasingly vital. UEM helps address compliance issues and provide the visibility necessary to combat security threats, such as breaches and risky shadow IT initiatives. Continue Reading

2Choosing UEM-

What to look for in unified endpoint management

It's true that unified endpoint management has a lot of benefits, but organizations shouldn't blindly jump on the bandwagon without evaluating some crucial factors first. Companies should find the best fit, and then take a long, hard look at their overall IT strategies to see how UEM fits into place.

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Ensure a smooth transition into unified endpoint management

Before organizations begin research to purchase a tool with unified endpoint management, they should determine how UEM will change their current technologies, such as data loss prevention. They should also evaluate whether UEM software will integrate smoothly with single sign-on, identity management tools, user email and other features. Continue Reading

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Features to seek out in UEM

Although it's complicated to manage endpoints, organizations that select the wrong UEM capability could add further complexity. Look for features that will simplify and solve IT problems, such as support for different platforms, usability and expense management. Continue Reading

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Machine learning expands capabilities of UEM

UEM tools that integrate with machine learning can produce analytics to uncover business insights. Machine learning-driven UEM can automate security recommendations, detect threats and help IT pros discover best practices within their organizations. Continue Reading

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Close security gaps by asking the right questions

Even with unified endpoint management in place, it's essential to stay cognizant of the latest mobile security risks. IT pros should ask themselves whether there are any security exposures and how the internet of things and big data will affect mobile security, among other key questions. Continue Reading

3UEM adoption-

The evolution of the market

Mobile trends are constantly shifting, but unified endpoint management has proven to be a vital part of an enterprise mobility strategy. UEM features address the concerns of most modern IT pros, such as security and device management.

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UEM will top trends of 2018

IT pros can expect unified endpoint management to increase as remote laptop usage increases. Experts predict that Microsoft's UEM features will make their way into the spotlight. Continue Reading

Opinion

Enterprise mobile devices continue to bring threats

Mobile devices used for work have complicated the role of an endpoint administrator, and will continue to do so. IT pros should adjust their mobile strategies, and use device management to bring back control and increase security. Continue Reading

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Widespread adoption for UEM hasn't arrived yet

Although UEM software isn't widely adopted yet, there are signs that it's primed to take off. Both Windows 10 and macOS now include unified endpoint management capabilities in their operating systems. Continue Reading

4Terms to know-

UEM-related terms

Before an organization makes the decision to take advantage of unified endpoint management, it's important to be familiar with the terminology first.

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