The IT industry loves buzzwords and acronyms. We we have RAM, SOA, EMM, VM, AJAX, HTTP… luckily we have Glossary‘s available to help us decode what we’re talking about!
I suggest there is another acronym that is growing in popularity, UEM or Unified Endpoint Management.
In the past, organisations ran “traditional” server management tools, which extended to managing Windows PCs. These are the traditional on-premises solutions such as IBM Endpoint Manager (IEM/BigFix), Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) etc. Some solutions such as IEM did a great job to manage a variety of new devices, even when the devices were disconnected from the office network.
As smartphones arrived, IT needed a way to provide visibility and ensure devices were secured if they were lost or stolen. So independently, new mobile device management (MDM) solutions emerged.
Some MDM solutions have since evolved to provide advanced device and data security management. These advanced solutions such as MaaS360, include secure container solutions which separate business from persons personal data. MaaS360 provides a secure container across a range of mobile form factors such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone. These solutions are what Gartner, and the industry have termed Enterprise Mobility Management or EMM solutions.
However very few EMM’s are also providing a true Unified Endpoint Management or UEM solution. Integrated solutions which can manage new and old PCs, Macs and mobile devices. Many claim “we manage PCs and Macs”, but when you scratch below the surface, you soon realise it’s only the latest operating systems and via an initial set of management API’s in Windows 8 or Mac OS X.
MaaS360 has been managing PCs and Macs for over 10 years. So it provides a set of more advanced PC and Mac management services. Even those running Windows XP SP3!
So you can implement a SaaS solution in minutes, that can manage a wide variety of form factors from old Windows XP PCs to Microsoft SurfacePro 3, iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows Phone and Blackberry.
I conducted a Webinar on Thursday 27th 2014. You can register here and see a replay of the recording plus slides.