Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) attempts to simplify a complex system. DZone informs us that UEM is about ensuring that all devices within a connected network can be controlled from a single dashboard. If you’ve worked in any enterprise setting, you must realize how complicated it is to get devices to even connect to one another, much less to a single connected dashboard. Operating systems, file formats, and even data connectivity all have their native formats that require a dashboard to be an interpreter and a connector. There is a way around this, however, and it comes to us from Bangalore, India.
42Gears and the Things Connector
In 2009, two employees of Motorola left to open their own business. Onkar Singh and his co-worker Prakash Gupta realized the need for a connectivity solution for enterprises that could link disparate devices into a single overview system. Back then, their solution targeted mobile devices and focused on Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).
Today, the tech landscape has changed significantly. After eleven years, emerging technology like Big Data and internet-of-Things (IoT) devices have mostly phased out the idea of EMM. Instead, the goal of most businesses is to have a unified management module, UEM. To deal with this change, 42Gears developed a “universal translator” which could be installed on any device, regardless of the operating system. They call it the Things Connector, and it immediately makes the system usable with SureMDM, 42Gears flagship product.
42Gears has made quite a name for itself in the industry. The company was too small to appear in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management 2020 report, but due to their significant impact on the UEM industry, they were given a favorable mention. While the company does boast massive corporations such as T-Mobile, DiDi, Pfizer, Toyota and Flipkart as clients, they’re still an affordable provider for small and medium enterprises.
Changing Business during COVID
In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused businesses around the world to halt production. However, companies that relied on connected devices still needed humans to set up and activate those devices. Samsung Knox developed a method that allowed for the deployment of devices that did not require physical contact to activate them. Termed Knox Mobile Enrollment (KME), the system provides for devices to be pre-enrolled into a business database. When the device finds a connection, it comes online and updates the database to show that it’s transmitting and generating data.
42Gears recently entered into a partnership with Samsung Knox as a certified partner for KME. This partnership means that 42Gears proprietary software users now have a direct, seamless way to integrate KME devices into their system. For businesses that have been struggling with putting human crews in danger by installing remote devices, this could be a real game-changer.
Dealing With a New Reality
Emergent technology will continue to improve as time goes by. We can expect to see increasing adoption of UEM since it adds a level of automation that keeps employees safe while still allowing businesses to maintain their efficiency. For now, small businesses that want to have ease of use with KME now have a provider in 42Gears.