It is increasingly common for companies to adopt bring your own device (BYOD) mobile policies. And even if employees only use items provided by an employer, they often switch between products depending on their needs.
These realities highlight the need for decision makers to use a unified endpoint management (UEM) tool. It allows the IT team to manage all the devices used within an organization by accessing a single interface.
See below to learn how five organizations solved mobile problems and experienced success by deploying unified endpoint management products:
Delta Airlines decision makers had three main goals that encouraged them to pursue UEM solutions:
- Replace legacy gadgets with those with smart capabilities
- Offer services requiring real-time credit card processing and validation
- Improve communications between flight crews and other Delta entities
The company chose VMware AirWatch to achieve these three goals. The UEM solution has enabled Delta to provide flight attendants with cellular-connected devices which enabled them to accept immediate card payments from passengers. Along the same lines, they could sell things that were previously impossible to offer, such as seat upgrades to people already on the plane. This change helped Delta’s bottom line and provided more options for passengers.
Delta has also used the UEM product to improve communication between flight crews and company personnel on the ground. Users could access their corporate email accounts on the same smart devices used to accept payments. This made it easier for them to stay connected and get up-to-date information, regardless of their schedules or locations.
Industry: Commercial air travel
Use case: Manage mobile devices and associated means of communication used during flights and launch a cashless initiative for in-cabin purchases
Result: Increased sales opportunities between flight crews and passengers and improved communication options for staff during air travel
2. Leeds Library Service
Leeds City Council oversees an initiative called 100% Digital Leeds, which increases digital accessibility and inclusiveness for residents of West Yorkshire, England. The Leeds Library Service trained people in the use of the tablets and allowed them to borrow them. However, this was time consuming due to the need to erase personal data before loaning a tablet to someone new.
Using IBM MaaS360 with Watson Unified Endpoint Management helped overcome these challenges.
Jason Tutin, Head of Digital Development and Learning for Leeds Library Service, explained the process before using Unified Endpoint Management.
“Every time a customer returned a tablet, we would perform a factory reset to erase all personal data,” Tutin said. “But which also erased everything that was useful that we had preloaded on the iPad, such as the link to our online catalog to help customers borrow books.
Staff members had to manually reload the necessary content, which was far too time-consuming with 20 tablets to manage. The library service began researching UEM options after planning to expand to 150 devices.
Now they can erase user data without getting rid of preloaded content. Unified endpoint management also helps track, lock, and wipe data after the device is lost or stolen. Additionally, the organization can access tablet usage metrics that help gauge program effectiveness.
Industry: Government services
Use case: Streamline tablet distribution and management for library users while maintaining necessary data protection
Result: Significant reduction in tablet turnaround time between users without sacrificing privacy
3. Rinnai Australia
Manufacturers and retailers often explore many ways to stay competitive, such as automated inventory solutions and a UEM product that can improve workflows by helping team members stay productive while working remotely.
Rinnai Australia is one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of heating and cooling systems. One of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic was the need to manage endpoints as the work environment shifted from onsite to remote. The UEM solution chosen by Rinnai enabled the company to create a library of software allowing workers to access and download the necessary packages to put them on their personal computers.
Additionally, despite the new distributed work environment, these improved endpoint management processes accelerated remediation and protected the company’s infrastructure from potential cyberattacks. The IT team could perform software patches remotely every month, reducing overall risk.
Use case: Improve remote device management during the pandemic
Result: Efficiency improvements associated with managing endpoints and giving employees the software they need at home
Howard Kennedy is a UK-based law firm providing legal advice to various sectors including media, retail and sport. A survey within the organization revealed that employees no longer wanted to use separate devices for their work and personal needs.
However, meeting this demand required finding a way to secure product information and a way to maintain a private connection between internal and external infrastructure.
After researching several UEM options, the company settled on BlackBerry Secure Connect Plus. It turned out to be a beneficial decision.
“We have equipped our users with devices they can use for just about anything, professional or personal,” said Clive Knott, CIO at Howard Kennedy. “Most importantly, we’ve locked down these devices in such a way that we have complete control over most of what we do.”
UEM also simplifies requests from people in various departments to get new apps on their devices. The tool allows IT team members to select, purchase and add apps to selected gadgets.
Use case: Changing the device deployment approach for organization attorneys when migrating older products
Result: Enable law firm employees to use a single device for business and personal use without compromising data security
5. Hartley Independent School District
The Hartley Independent School District serves K-12 students in Northwest Texas. Larry Franks, the IT administrator and social studies teacher within the system, needed a way to help teachers self-manage the tablets they were given to facilitate classroom learning.
This was particularly important because the organization does not have a large IT department. Franks wanted a solution to help manage and deploy content to tablets.
After trying many options, Franks settled on Hexnode UEM. For five years prior, he had manually updated tablets or instructed teachers to do so. But it was getting more and more complicated, especially because specific notes used different apps.
However, Hexnode UEM made it possible to send certain applications to predefined groups, such as classrooms, teachers or grade levels. This has helped teachers get applications faster while eliminating administrative headaches.
“The product worked as advertised,” Franks said. “I think the most important area I have treat is the support. Tech help was stellar. I have never had a negative experience with Hexnode.
Industry: K-12 Education
Use case: Improve the management of tablets provided by teachers
Result: Faster, hassle-free deployments of apps to teacher devices