Why Unified Endpoint Management is More Important Than You Realize

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If you’re an IT manager at a large company, it should come as no surprise to learn that 90% of IT managers surveyed by 451 Research reported using eight or more solutions to secure endpoint data.  Fragmented endpoint management is risky and inefficient, and it’s more expensive than having a single platform for the device, app, and IoT endpoint management. It’s this recognition that’s behind the projected explosion of growth in the Unified Endpoint Management market.

The number of connected devices in today’s enterprise is projected to continue to grow as the types of devices diversify. The endpoints in an enterprise now range from traditional devices (desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets, etc.) to Internet of Things devices (office heating systems and coffee pots). Using traditional PC management tools such as VPN is expensive and often requires heavy IT support. Mobile Device Management (MDM) and EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) technologies are not equipped to manage the emerging set of IoT devices in today’s workplace. Gartner has projected that more than 20 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by 2020. As enterprise networks continue to expand and grow, IT requires a centralized, unified approach to endpoint management to address the security landscape.

A fragmented endpoint management system is risky because it makes it more difficult for IT to quickly assess the security status of the enterprise’s devices and apps. It hampers the ability to integrate BYOD/COPE policies with other connected devices. Does it really make sense to roll out a new device management system for each class of connected device? Definitely not – particularly with the exponential growth of connected devices.  This patchwork approach to endpoint management results in:

  • Higher IT costs from multiple vendors and contracts, multiple infrastructures, increased staff and training requirements
  • Security risks that arise from inconsistent policies, groups and users, point solutions create gaps and expand cyberattack surface
  • Inconsistent user experience on different platforms, no universal sign-on, multiple help desk requests, IT constantly battles with complex provisioning process and multiple admin consoles
  • Inefficient compliance process, increased chance of errors due to multiple approaches for each regulation and no unified view of compliance status

An endpoint management system that allows IT to streamline administration and enhance compliance while offering employees with best-in-class productivity is desired.

It’s no wonder that enterprises are migrating en masse to UEM platforms. But as they do so, many are slow to dismantle legacy MDM and EMM frameworks. This is a mistake – in order to get the real value of a UEM solution, it’s far more cost efficient to consolidate all endpoints onto that new platform.

Read this white paper to learn more about the 10 key reasons to bring all your endpoints under one roof in a UEM solution.

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