Let’s get straight to the point.
What is a Unified Endpoint Management System?
Gartner defines UEM as “tools that combine the management of multiple endpoint types in a single console.”
In other words, it can be described as an approach to secure and control laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones in a connected, cohesive fashion from a unified or single console. The UEM tool is designed to rely on the MDM or Mobile Device Management APIs or Application Performance Indicators in desktop and mobile operating systems.
Functions of A UEM System
UEM tools are developed to perform some of these key functions:
- Set up, manage and track iOS, Android, Windows 10 and macOS, and manage some IoT or Internet of Things and wearable endpoint security
- Bring all application of configurations, management profiles, device compliance, and data protection onto a unified console
- Offering a unified overview multi-device user, boosting the efficacy of end-user support by collecting in-depth workplace analytics
- Act as a point of co-ordination to choreograph the activities of related endpoint technologies, for example, security infrastructure and identity services
Regardless of its name, the benefit of using UEM is not limited to using a UEM tool only. It is a complete UEM solution with capabilities that simply go beyond a unified system to manage mobile devices.
Major Benefits of Unified IT Solutions
Provisions for Operating Systems: Automate updates via a quick migration or deployment of the latest operating systems in Windows, Android or Mac.
Software Distribution: Now downloading software automatically to the appropriate devices is a seamless experience for target user groups.
Mobile Device Management: The most obvious and noteworthy benefit of a unified IT solution is to bring together all endpoint management tools and mobility management solutions. This enables users to operate their iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices within a secure environment.
Desktop Configuration: Ensure deployment of context-aware actions rather than using logon scripts and GPO setting that are quite slow.
Automation: Make sure that your entire IT infrastructure is automated minimizing manual and repetitive tasks that are prone to human errors.
Access & Sync Files Securely: A UEM solution offers users the flexibility to access, sync, share files securely from a unified dashboard for all devices deployed across the organization, be it for on-premise or on cloud-based storage.
IT Reporting: Generate visually appealing IT reports for every tool that is being used as part of the endpoint management solution.
Self-Healing: Deploying Unified Endpoint Management solution ensures that you can hyper-automate the system to self-heal, self-secure, and self-service as and when required.
Application Control: Track and monitor every individual business device and all applications operating on them or via networks to prevent risk of security attacks and threats.
Privilege Management: Control user rights at various levels to balance access and security on the system on a need only basis.
You can consider a Unified Endpoint Management System like a ‘self-service’ experience. Not only does it empower employees but also minimizes the burden on your IT team. Moreover, the end user with a single solution will no longer look for resources which may be unreliable and unsecured from external sources or platforms.
In the larger context, the integration of Unified IT Solutions with endpoint security is not only beneficial to the company but also to its end user by offering them more flexibility, access, and efficiency.