What’s the difference between Mobile Device Management (MDM), Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), and Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)? Many consumers with average IT knowledge would probably know one of these terms and understand that remote mobile management technology exists. However, barely a few would understand the difference.
Back then, companies simply needed MDM to remotely locate, lock, erase or master reset a device. However, as technology advances, the cybersecurity standards of businesses have become more complex than before.
To better cater to the levelling-up demand, MDM evolved into EMM. Eventually, after enhancing both technology features, UEM encompassed both solutions. Get to know how the evolution took place and how each differs in this blog.
Mobile device management (MDM) arose from the need to manage dispatched mobile devices. MDM became the solution that allows the administration of mobile devices predominantly driven by iOS and Android operating systems. It also ensures full device management, security controls, and application management while operating within set policies and guidelines.
In a modern office, MDM solutions can be a solution for deploying corporate-owned tablets or cell phones for employee use. MDMs can also administer to self-service kiosks, digital signages, single-app mode devices, as well as point of sale (POS) machines.
As portable smart technology gets adopted into daily operations coupled with the risks the BYOD (bring your own device) trend brought to various organizations, MDM grew in adoption. Various IT departments made use of MDM solutions to secure and troubleshoot organizations’ mobile devices.
Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is an umbrella of solutions that enables organizations to manage and control mobile devices for corporate use. EMM extends MDM’s capabilities to support BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) by allowing employees to enroll their personal devices as corporate IT resources.
Usually, mobile devices used within the organization contains sensitive business information. With that in mind, EMM gave more control and capabilities to corporations to limit users, devices, and apps interactions within the corporate network.
EMM provides companies with encrypted, policy-controlled, and tailored databank that contains specific applications, messages, data, and on the employee’s device. Also, with EMM, organizations can support and respond whenever a device violates compliance policies.
In fact, the manufacturer has an option to implement device control through EMM. For example, if a company purchases devices in bulk, the manufacturer can provide the buyer with the capability to limit the reactivation of lost or stolen devices.
Overall, EMM strives to maintain the right balance between productivity and business data security. Here are some of the modules under an EMM cluster of solutions. See the list below.
MDM can only manage users’ devices based on policies and compliance rules. On the contrary, Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) can solve more problems and control more while consolidating its own unique features with traditional MDM and EMM capabilities.
In short, UEM is a collective approach in managing all the endpoint devices within an organization from a central location. What’s more, these endpoint devices include cross-platform to lockdown hardware, software, and data. As UEM allows IT teams cross-platform devices. Hence, UEM can manage a wider family of devices no matter its operating system — Windows, Mac or Linux.
Generally, a typical unified endpoint management (UEM) solution provides a wide spectrum of functions. UEM features and capabilities includes the following: