UEM vs. EMM: What's the Difference?

Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) are solutions for organizations with personnel who are increasingly working at locations other than the office. But while both solutions have features to help companies achieve similar goals, key differences set them apart.

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) enables employees to connect to enterprise resources using their mobile devices. It simplifies the management of mobile devices so that IT can easily control and manage devices, applications, and content. 

EMM helps companies implement BYOD programs, making it even easier for users to be productive by using devices they are familiar with. EMM also helps manage sign-on authentication and certificates so only trusted users can access an organization’s information. 

EMM automates tasks such as device enrollment, security provisioning, applications, and data based on users’ roles and responsibilities within an organization. EMM increases uptime and prevents onboarding issues with mobile devices. Many organizations choose EMM to manage their remote workforce and their devices. 

Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) helps organizations manage, control, and secure their endpoints and connected devices via a centralized platform. UEM represents the evolution of Mobile Device Management (MDM). EMM closed many gaps afflicting MDM; UEM takes it to the next level. 

UEM helps manage and control devices through a centralized platform, but it also incorporates security features like threat detection, mitigation, remediation, patch management, compliance, and device lifecycle management. It incorporates tools and technology to configure DNS settings or the technology that enables connectivity on the internet, along with other device and application settings. 

UEM incorporates EMM principles with client management tools to offer a more effective endpoint management solution. UEM eliminates the need for additional tools and processes because it includes everything IT administrators need to provision, monitor, and protect data remotely on any device in an organization. 

The Difference between UEM and EMM

While EMM focuses on each device’s applications, access, and content, UEM is cloud-based and incorporates every user, device, application, and policy. UEM is the next generation of endpoint management, surpassing EMM in security, automation, and configuration. 

While EMM supports devices such as phones, laptops, and tablets, UEM also supports PCs, printers, smartwatches, kiosks, and other IoT devices. Another thing that sets them apart is the security features they offer. And though EMM offers security features similar to MDM, UEM also enables secure IP connections for all devices. Furthermore, UEM has improved device management features such as multiple OS provisioning and remote device access control. 

The main difference between UEM and EMM is the scale at which they manage worker devices and enterprise endpoints. EMM enables IT administrators to edit users and profiles and update their permissions. But UEM also enables bulk user import and can manage multiple company directories. 

What's Better: UEM or EMM?

When it comes to endpoint management, UEM is the more formidable system. Organizations that rely on in-office workers, remote teams, and third-party vendors can benefit from UEM’s all-encompassing approach. EMM might be a good option for smaller organizations with fewer devices and endpoints to manage. For scalability, security, and comprehensive device management, opt for UEM.
BlackBerry® UEM securely enables the Internet of Things with complete endpoint management and policy control for your diverse and growing fleet of devices and apps. With its single management console and trusted end-to-end security, BlackBerry UEM provides flexibility and security to keep your employees connected and protected so they can work from practically any device, anywhere.