Big TCO savings with unified endpoint management
In the last few years, many organizations have tried to procure, pilot, trial and implement MDM, MAM and EMM solutions in a bid to use mobile devices for business workflows and other corporate processes. In our conversations with our customers and companies that have deployed and evaluated multiple solutions, one of the recurring themes that has emerged is that mobile device, application and content management technologies are part of a whole that is “enterprise endpoint management”, and that it is economical to solve them in a unified manner.
Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) of all enterprise devices leads to great simplification and cost savings. With UEM, IT departments get:
- One tool to setup and manage for mobile and PC devices
- One set of policies that eases implementation, changes and reporting
- One set of reports, so IT doesn’t have to run around collating information from disparate tools
- One vendor and support across PC and mobile devices
- One IT team for mobile and PCs instead of silos and separation
The mathematics works out handsomely in favor of cost savings if you have a single solution. The infrastructure, licensing and management costs of using a single solution is drastically lesser than using multiple point tools, the overheads are far fewer, and the teams are well-integrated. The savings in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) that IT can realize from unified management of endpoint platforms and performing various endpoint functions from a single pane of glass is immense.
Disruptive technologies introduce many new management activities, workflows, processes and new ways of doing things in an organization. Consequently, the first few attempts at incorporating and internalizing these disruptive forces into an organization are through separate tools and different teams. The goal is to isolate problems, create various hypotheses to test, and separate out real-life test environments for piloting a solution.
Enterprise Mobility Management has gone through this initial phase of trialing, and the time for isolation, hypothesis testing and independent piloting is behind us. The need for bringing PC and enterprise mobility management into a single unified management paradigm is clearer than ever.