Oliver Pytel (Head Of Mobility Department) released an article in the ICT journal Edition March 2016, detailing the impact of the coexistance of smartphones and laptops within a business.

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It seems a long time since we provided only one type of PC for our employees. Faced with a significant increase of devices to manage, IT departments must use new choose. But how to choose?

Nowadays, most employeed connect multiple mobile devices to the company network. From their laptop, smartphone, tablet or a hardened terminal, they want to use the same services, access the same data and maintain optimal user experience.

Manage everything with one solution…

MAC or PC? iOS or Android? BYOD or corporate? By allowing users to choose on which devices they work, the company makes comfort a priority. This means IT departments have to establish a way to integrate all of its devices. Until recently, it was necessary to have duplicate tools and infrastructure management. The emergence of UEM solutions (Unified Endpoint Management), promoted by the arrival of Windows 10 and alignment of mobile OS and MAC by Apple, now permit a unified management of these devices. Administrators and support work from a single console, to configure devices remotely, install and manage apps and deploy comprehensive security policies on all devices.

...or with several..

These solutions are young, and it is sometimes necessary to keep several. The publishers recognised for managing PCs as like Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) market leaders, still have shortcomings in some areas. For example, native containerisation functions (iOS or Windows) will only be available on the latest handsets. This means that a park will need to be renewed in order to consider a unified solution. Another limitation concerns server management which until now has often been carried out by the traditional management tool: Today it cannot be supported by EMM solutions.

The choice will not be easy, between a player from the “Laptop Management” world, such as Microsoft Intune and SCCM, and another player rather more oriented “mobile” such as AirWatch by VMware.

The user is as important as the device

When we talk of “mobility”, we often think of terminals, but basically it is the user who is mobile. A couple of identity management solutions for mobile device management functions promotes end users acceptance through a single authentication for all enterprise applications. In a catalogue, it is possible to group SaaS, mobile, and fat clients. These will run intelligently, depending on the type of terminal used. It is also a comfort for IT, which may, in one action, deploy applications to all devices of a user. The control of access rights will only deploy the applications for which it is authorized. The unification of workstations is a logical response to user and businesses expectations.
In the future, these will probably include other connected objects. The question of the integration of PC and smartphone will then surely seem trivial compared to watches, glasses or clothes.