Technology is changing speedily, and IT teams need management tools to keep up with this pace of change. Traditional endpoint management tools that focus on desktops, laptops, and servers are no longer adequate to manage today's complex IT environments. Now, we have virtualization, cloud infrastructure, mobile, and IoT devices to manage along with traditional endpoints. A new generation of endpoint management tools is required to meet this need. These tools must enable you to manage all devices and IT environments, from on-premises to the cloud to IoT and more, from a single console.
What is Modern Endpoint Management?
Modern Endpoint management is an organization's process to centrally discover, track, provision, troubleshoot, and update endpoint devices. Organizations deploy endpoint management solutions to help them, monitor, manage and secure all their endpoint devices from a single console.
A comprehensive endpoint management solution enables you to enhance efficiency by automating routine IT processes such as patch management and server maintenance. It provides your IT team with complete visibility of your environment for more efficient IT management and quicker detection and resolution of incidents.
In addition, modern endpoint management provides enterprise-wide monitoring, alerting, and automatic incident remediation. It shortens resolution time and improves system and service availability. You can monitor all infrastructure components, performance metrics (CPU, memory, disk space, uptime), processes and services, event logs, application and hardware changes, and more.
Modern endpoint management helps IT teams discover, monitor, and manage more than just traditional endpoints. It provides visibility and control over your network devices (SNMP), virtual environments, cloud, mobile, and IoT. This technology enables you to "manage everything," streamline your IT operations and do more with less.
How Important is Modern Endpoint Management?
Modern Endpoint Management (MEM) 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
- Secure the sensitive data held on such devices
- Lockdown hardware when security or access policies are compromised
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 MEM, and market analysts now believe the tool maturity is in place to make it a proven reality.
Endpoint Management is growing in reputation because 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 Endpoint Management: every aspect of a corporate architecture can be easily managed – from the hardware inventory to patch updates for Windows and Apple macOS devices.
What's more, as your network continues to grow, MEM makes it simpler for IT teams to gain visibility across all endpoints, analyze this activity, and, where necessary, apply a fix.
Not that the focus is exclusively on security. Productivity also gets a significant boost. It's achieved by simplifying device management and removing 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 practical approach to client lifecycle management
The benefits of MEM for IT are significant. Operationally, the value extends from eliminating redundancy to allowing faster time to market for new apps. Whereas at the strategic level, MEM looks to be a catalyst for freeing up resources and turning IT from a support function to valid business drivers.