The push for Unified Terminal Management (EMU), a technology strategy that emerged a few years ago and became particularly vital during the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to remote work, is likely to play a significant role in the coming months. Many workers have started returning to their employers’ offices at least part of the time, and after the pandemic a new hybrid work model appears.
EMU, an approach that unifies and centralizes the way companies manage devices such as smartphones, tablets, PCs and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, is an extension of mobile management technology that has evolved from mobility management platforms. (EMM), which in turn resulted from mobile device management (MDM) products. EMU offers a comprehensive approach to managing all types of devices in the enterprise, making it a natural fit for the hybrid workplace.
«Across the world, the way people work has changed significantly,» says Adam Holtby, senior analyst at Omdia Consulting. «Mobility has been at the heart of this change, with companies around the world adopting remote and flexible working styles at an unprecedented speed and scale.»
For many, the transition to seamless and remote work styles will be permanent, says Holtby, and companies must act now to ensure that the right technologies, services and processes are in place to support new ways of working.
«Workplace mobility is nothing new, but in 2021 it will increase its priority, as companies want to invest in skills that ensure security and allow a more flexible workforce,» says Holtby.