The concept of “mobile first” has long been regarded as one of the maxims of the modern digital workplace, and it still is today. The market researcher IDC estimated total sales of smartphones worldwide at around 1.4 billion units in 2018. With 260 million PCs sold in the same period, that's just over five smartphones for every traditional PC.
In addition, complexity within companies themselves is also constantly increasing. In the future, the number of terminal devices will be increased by the Internet of Things (IoT). This include smartwatches and other wearables. As a result, IT administrators face ever-greater challenges in digitizing their operation across a wide variety of mobile devices and PCs. Suitable ERP solutions are becoming increasingly important.
By 2009, the number of mobile devices used for business had already led to the development of systems for mobile device management. By around 2015, these had evolved into systems for enterprise mobility management. These also allow for the operation of heterogeneous pools of end devices across different operating systems and platforms.
In many companies, however, the original goal of mobile, integrated processes and cross-device use of apps is yet to be achieved – as is efficient enterprise mobility management of the end devices themselves.
With Windows 10, stationary and mobile terminals can be managed from a single source. This means that no company has to operate both an EMM for mobile devices and a client management system for traditional devices such as laptops and PCs in parallel. UEM unites these two worlds under one roof.
Companies themselves see the potential of UEM very clearly. According to IDC, 61 percent want to manage IoT scenarios via UEM. Sixty six percent plan to merge their mobile and client management.
Thanks to Unified Endpoint Management by Workspace ONE, all end devices, operating systems, and apps can be intelligently managed. In IoT scenarios, smartwatches, mixed-reality glasses, machines, handhelds, and many other devices are all integrated into digital workstations.
Analysts see UEM’s efficiency advantages as giving rise to a clear trend in its favor. However, they still see the concept as being located at an early stage in its development. According to market researchers, by 2022 around 30 percent of all Windows 10 PCs used for business
purposes will be managed via EMM or UEM systems.