To talk basketball is to instantly think of the National Basketball Association (NBA), one of the most popular leagues in the world. Yet travel back to 1976 and you’ll find a merger that fundamentally re-shaped the sport – when the NBA joined forces with the American Basketball Association.

This was a union that saw 4 new teams enter the NBA. But equally, there were other contributions adopted from the ABA that led to a vastly different game, including the 3-point line, the Slam Dunk Contest, and press defense.

A combination of great ideas often delivers a new and improved experience. All of which leads us to the topic of Unified Endpoint Management (UEM).

The best of both disciplines

Why does this particular merger make sense? Well, let’s take a look at the promise. UEM is a dynamic new approach to securing and managing user devices (desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets) in a connected, consistent manner – from a single console.

As a result, IT teams can:

  • Remotely control, change, and secure devices across various platforms
  • Lockdown hardware when security or access policies are compromised
  • Secure the sensitive data held on such devices

As a result, organizations will no longer need separate tools to manage their PCs and mobile devices. That, in a nutshell, is the potential of UEM, and market analysts now believe the tool maturity is in place to make it a proven reality. Indeed, Forrester stated in January 2018 that ‘UEM finally arrives!’

Spreading the floor on defense

The reason UEM is growing in reputation is that with Cloud computing, mobile devices, and IoT, the attack surface of modern businesses has dramatically enlarged – with IT policies struggling to keep pace.

This all changes with UEM: every aspect of a corporate architecture can be easily managed – from the hardware inventory to patch updates for both Windows and Apple MacOS devices.

What’s more, as your network continues to grow, UEM makes it simpler for IT teams to gain visibility across all endpoints, analyze this activity, and where necessary apply a fix.

Help your players perform better

Not that the focus is exclusively on security. Productivity also gets a significant boost. This is achieved by simplifying device management and removing the use of disparate point solutions which only help increase costs, tie-up resources, and decrease operational efficiency.

Or put another way, productivity is increased by enabling users to focus solely on the tasks they have to complete, and where:

  • Business apps, data, and services are accessible in a consistent and predictable way
  • The same restrictions and access requirements apply across every device and location
  • IT services are directly aligned to business needs to deliver a more effective approach to client lifecycle management

Knowing the right time to hit the court

As Forrester notes, ‘UEM is now practical’ for organizations already utilizing Google Chrome OS, MacOS, and Windows 10 – through a combination of Master Data Management (MDM) and client management tools.

Gartner agrees, stating that modern OSs favor UEM-only management, while IDC is already factoring UEM into its analysis of EMM software. In fact, there is a clear consensus among analysts that UEM is a direction most organizations will inevitably head toward (the UEM market, estimated at $1.4 billion in 2017 is expected to reach $7.06 billion by 2020).

The emphasis today is therefore on delivering features that bridge the gap between client management tools and UEM, though such capabilities will become less important over time as most devices and OSs entering service will be ‘UEM-ready’.

Get ready for the rebound battle

For many organizations, UEM will undoubtedly form part of wider business transformation projects – such as migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Yet, demand will also be driven by a desire for modern management capabilities, and the prospect of long-term savings – particularly when larger deployments that support 1000s of devices on multiple platforms are involved.

The benefits of UEM for IT are significant. Operationally, the value extends from eliminating redundancy of process to allowing faster time to market for new apps. Whereas at the strategic level UEM looks set to be a catalyst for freeing up resources and turning IT from a support function to true business drivers.


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To help you get ready to "shoot the hoops" of Unified Endpoint Management, COMPAREX offers expertise on all of the factors connected to IT security and device management. In addition, we partner with many of the leading UEM technology providers and can help you build a roadmap for future success.

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