Why Do You Need an Endpoint Management Solution!

By CIOReview | Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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With the rise of mobile workforce and cyber attacks, managing endpoints with stable employee productivity has become a pain point for most CIOs. To Tackle this issue, Endpoint management solution- an innovative device management solution focusing on cost saving and reduced complexity of managing devices with better security was introduced. The solution is gaining popularity among administrators due to its safety and ability in assisting users in device management with ease. According to a report by Deployment Mode (Cloud, On-Premise, Hybrid), Vertical, Region - Global Forecast to 2020, the endpoint management market is expected to grow to USD 3.73 Billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 42.9 percent during the forecast period.

Endpoint Management Solutions

The rapid increase of mobile devices and gadget in office premises are forcing CIO’s to concentrate more on security systems with organizational safety in priority.

"While security continues to be a top concern for enterprise IT, most organizations are focusing most of their efforts on perimeter security including firewalls and intrusion detection. However, as employee mobility has increased and the number of mobile devices in use has exploded, an increasing number of breaches are occurring at the device level," said Matt Eastwood, SVP, Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacenter, IDC, as reported by PRNewswire.

Endpoint systems not only assists in management but also makes network devices comply with security oriented policies prior to accessing the resources. As most security strategies are handled using policies, the strain of computing and overlapping technical security solutions are reduced.

The basic idea behind adopting an endpoint security solution is to implement a system that can analyze any security vulnerabilities for the devices that are trying to connect with the organizational network.  Since “prevention is better than cure,” preventative measures against vulnerabilities are often found more effective in organizational security. Modern End point management system offers administrators a better chance to review and manage potential threats even before they access the organizations network. As reported by PRNewswire, "Customers have told us they want to consolidate vendors to ease the manageability burden while enhancing their security,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman, Operations, and president, Client Solutions Group, Dell.

Select the Right Solution

As technology is developing with an unprecedented pace, selecting the right solution will be a challenging task. Before choosing a solution, prepare a detailed report and analyze the organizations current technology, and the effective utilization rate of the technology. The third party applications installed and devices running in the organization should also be analyzed for a better conclusion of the choice. Collecting the employee reviews and suggestions for improvements or additional requirements for the current system are recommended best practices. Not only the technical aspects, but also the financial state of the organization as well as the road map plays a vital role while choosing an end point management solution.

Identify the compatibility with current applications and organizational network infrastructure with the available products in the market. If an offering vendor is found with an emphasizing open architecture and adaptability in the history, it is almost sure that they will maintain the standard, even as the technological landscape changes. Make sure that the solution integrates well with Mobile Device Management (MDM) as it is facing a rapid growth today. Always consider Support Momentum- the quality of a vendor's traditional customer support. The best practices found in reviews of organizations assistance are valuable when it comes to support issues.

Leading Endpoint Management Vendors

Some of the prominent endpoint management solutions available today includes, Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), IBM's United Endpoint Management, Landesk’s Management Suite, Symantec’s Client Management Suite, and Dell’s Kace Appliance. While the Microsoft SCCM offers a consolidated management of all System Center products, IBM's offering that focuses on the large businesses, comes with a patch management solution and is more technology heterogeneous. The Landesk Management Suite is a fairly complex solution with unparalleled patching capabilities and peer-download capabilities specialized for the companies with remote offices. The Symantec’s solution offers a comprehensive endpoint management solution particularly targeting large customers. Dell offers one of the best solutions for small and medium sized businesses. Even though the solution comes in an appliance form and requires only minimum maintenance, the solution is not recommended for an organization with advanced future plans.

End point management solutions play a vital role in solving real customer pain points when it comes to purchasing and deploying security solutions. These solutions not only deal with deployment but also manage the organizational security with ease. Any organization with a modern roadmap will require an Endpoint management solution for efficient safety and security of the data.