By Shivesh Vishwanathan, Product Marketing, Accelerite
Mobile phones have grown in prominence as productivity devices, and enterprises are increasingly using them to execute various business functions. In the early stages of mobility adoption, some enterprises have experimented with separate systems to manage mobile devices. However, this has proved to be untenable. IT departments are increasingly realizing that there are many benefits to having a unified way to manage all endpoints, such as: holistic visibility and integrated reporting, lower licensing and infrastructure costs, sharing of resources and people, better policy management, and improved policy compliance.
While there are dozens, or even hundreds, of legitimate parameters for evaluating endpoint management solutions (including mobility management solutions) there are a key set of principles that are non-negotiables in this fast-evolving landscape.
As you evaluate tools that provide management of your endpoints — however narrowly they are defined — consider these four core aspects as most critical to base your decisions on:
1. The real power of unification is in its comprehensiveness. Endpoint management needs to be grounded in fundamental principles of support for varied endpoint platforms that fit your organization today and many years to come. Unified management that restricts to only “all mobile operating systems” or “all modern PCs and mobile devices” that some solutions espouse falls short. As you evaluate tools based on their depth of functionality within a narrowly defined space, don’t forget to look at the vendor’s capability and realistic intent to support a breadth of capabilities across a varied set of endpoint platforms — including mobile, traditional computing devices, and even custom devices.
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