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Unified endpoint management tools strive for one-size-fits-all
The concept of one-size-fits-all makes sense. But as a relatively small man who can fit into a kids' XL basketball jersey, it never quite works for me in practice.
And after living with a roommate who was a full foot taller than me and whose basketball sneakers made my work boots look like baby shoes, I can say with a great deal of confidence that one size absolutely does not fit all.
Even so, unified endpoint management tools are built on the idea of one-size-fits-all management consoles that span mobile devices and traditional PCs. To be fair, every unified endpoint management (UEM) option is a little different, so one-tool-manages-all might be a slightly more appropriate term. But you get the idea.
The reason the unified endpoint management market formed is fairly obvious. Mobile devices invaded the enterprise, and managing them is completely different from managing PCs.
One big difference is that mobile devices include both corporate and personal information, so IT needs to protect the business side without interfering with the personal side. Most traditional PC management tools can't help them. Instead, admins have to turn to mobile device management (MDM) or enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools with features, such as containerization, that keep the information separate.
Of course, while adding in MDM or EMM helps with security, it doesn't make the overall management picture any clearer for admins. Now they have to use one tool to manage users' PCs and a completely different tool to manage mobile devices.
That's where UEM comes in. It gives admins a single location to manage all the different devices and operating systems users work with. UEM really came into its own when Microsoft opened Windows 10 up to MDM APIs.
In this three-part handbook, learn more about unified endpoint management tools and decide whether the technology is right for your organization.