End-user computing and support organizations use client management tools (CMTs) to automate endpoint management tasks. CMTs perform the following technical functions: • OS deployment • Hardware and software inventory • Software distribution • Patch management • Configuration management (e.g., scripts) • Security configuration management • Remote control Organizations primarily use CMTs to manage PCs running Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS. Although most organizations still leverage separate management approaches for mobile devices and PCs, unified endpoint management (UEM) supports the convergence of enterprise mobility management (EMM) and CMT functionality. Organizations are increasingly looking for a single vendor and management platform to support PCs and mobile devices.
Gartner defines unified endpoint management (UEM) as a tool that provides agent and agentless management of computers and mobile devices through a single console. Modern UEM tools: Provide a user-centric view of devices across device platforms Offer agent and/or agentless management through native Windows 10, macOS and Chrome OS controls Offer agentless management through native Apple iOS/iPad OS and Google Android controls Aggregate telemetry and signal from identities, apps, connectivity and devices to inform policy and related actions Aggregate and analyze technology performance and employee experience data Integrate with identity, security and remote-access tools to support zero-trust access and contextual authentication, vulnerability, policy, configuration, and data management Manage nontraditional devices, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, wearables and rugged handhelds