The move of many employees to the home office has made the management of end devices more demanding for IT security and initiated some developments that are changing endpoint management permanently.
In the past few months, an unprecedented wave of digitization has rolled out, which has particularly affected the workplace. Many companies have purchased mobile devices and introduced new providers to enable their employees to work from home. As a result, their IT securities have faced some challenges because they can no longer access all devices as easily as before. The home office therefore also makes it necessary to update endpoint management.
Home Office Flexibility
Even if the home office was born out of necessity in many places, it has firmly established itself in everyday business life and will remain with most companies after the pandemic. Employees appreciate the flexibility, and even managers who have long been careful of working from home have now found pleasure in it. For IT, this means that they urgently need solutions with which they can manage employees devices, even if they are not connected to the company system. Since the devices are unlikely to return home to the company in the near future, they must be able to flexibly adjust configurations remotely and reliably distribute patches.
Cloud Services Are Replacing Software
With the home office, companies have also introduced new clouds that support collaboration among a distributed workforce. This trend will continue in the months and years to come, as cloud services offer a lot of flexibility. They will often replace installed apps and thus simplify management because IT’s only need to maintain a lean system. In return however, they should invest more time in the selection of cloud providers so that they meet the highest security and information protection and offer interfaces that allow integration into other cloud offerings and corporate apps.
Companies Are Increasing The Digital Workplace
With the acquisition of devices for home work and the switch to cloud networks, companies have started to increase their digital workplaces. In principle, they determine how their employees will work and exchange opinions over the next few years – a good opportunity to the work processes. When selecting cloud providers for the future, companies should definitely consider the wishes and needs of their employees, otherwise they could be dangerous of the workplace not being accepted and shadow IT with other cloud providers being created.