Unified endpoint management (UEM) is a set of technological tools that allows businesses to manage and secure the wide range of devices their employees use to access company systems and data. UEM rose to prominence during the COVID pandemic when employees began working from home in much greater numbers. It allows businesses to see the data and apps being used on all the devices they monitor in one convenient place. UEM is an evolution of tools such as mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) that enables more thorough device monitoring than these earlier innovations.
As the name suggests, mobile device management was designed to configure and manage mobile devices. In recent years, however, workers have begun to use laptops and other devices to access company platforms and data, and these also need to be monitored.
Enterprise mobility management encompasses a wider range of devices and services, including mobile devices, wireless networks, and other mobile computing services. It allows for a much greater scope when monitoring and more control over endpoint data. Companies began using EMM when the BYOD movement brought more and more employee mobile devices into the workplace. Businesses could use EMM to monitor mobile devices to ensure proper usage. EMM suites have since evolved to encompass more than just mobile devices, but it can be difficult to sort out what services are included in each of the variety of EMM products currently on the market.
A lot of people aren’t aware of the many benefits of using UEM. Below are just a few of the most important.
One of the biggest benefits of UEM is self-service access to any app on any monitored device, giving businesses full, easily accessible visibility into what apps are being used and on which devices. This can help managers understand how the apps are being used, whether additional training is needed, how efficiency might be increased, and more.
UEM can enhance the security of company data on employee devices. Without UEM, businesses typically have to monitor devices individually. This can become overwhelming for IT personnel, leading to less than optimal security. When the IT department can monitor all devices at once, their jobs become much easier, and security can be more robust.
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