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Convergence: Explaining the UEM Trend

As you already know, technology has more acronyms and terms than anyone can count. So it should come as little surprise that enterprises and vendors have struggled for years to explain the difference between Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).

Which solution is the better fit for your IT security policies? Which software product aligns with your strategic business goals? In today’s environment of technology convergence, the answer is definitive: neither.

What is Unified Endpoint Management?

If you haven’t heard this term before, don’t panic. Believe it or not, it’s the only one you’ll need to know going forward. That’s because Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) combines the best of both these products with traditional desktop security and client management tools.

Within the context of convergence, UEM makes everybody happier – and safer. Modern workers can enjoy the constant and secure connectivity, immediate access to information, and a lack of complex, heavy-handed rules and policies they’ve come to expect. And organizations have a scalable, cost-effective security solution for any and every device type they manage.

While MDM and EMM used to be the end-all, be-all tools to manage mobile device configurations, patches, updates, and reports, convergence of these technologies into the traditional IT environment created the need for a singular security solution usable by both desktop and mobility teams.

As mobile technology grows more important than ever to enterprise operations, it makes less and less sense to manage different device security policies in the same platform. After all, nobody likes trying to compare apples to oranges…

By incorporating UEM, organizations are able to simplify device management across their entire technology management environment, spot any issues, and apply fixes with one simplified process rather than potentially dozens – giving them universal control, new insights, and safety reporting mechanisms that work for advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables.

How Convergence is Fueling the Future of Technology

Convergence came to a tipping point when Microsoft announced Windows 10. For the first time, organizations had a widely used and deployed desktop platform with powerful, built-in device security controls. Traditionally complicated desktop user management capabilities could be moved to an MDM-like policy style instead.

Since then, Microsoft’s success has transformed enterprise security management by inspiring others to follow in its footsteps. Hundreds of vendors have followed suit, and today’s technology management marketplace is filled with solutions that make desktop security products and services more mobile-friendly – effectively narrowing and bridging the gap between these two separate worlds.

However, these traditional providers aren’t the only ones making convergence and UEM possible. As this shift occurs on the IT side, mobile operating systems like Samsung Knox are designing products with the enterprise management environment in mind, too.

Today’s mobile operating systems feature new capabilities like firewall controls, VPN capabilities, next-gen data encryption methodologies, and secure booting – all basic components found in enterprise client management systems desktop technologies have used for years.

For organizations looking to achieve digital transformation, UEM is a step in the right direction. As the number of enterprise endpoints grow and converge into one technology management initiative, you need a smarter approach to ensure efficiency, productivity, performance, and security.

Our Telecom Security Management Specialty Certification is the perfect place to start.