For years, mobility has been at the forefront of IT innovation. It’s developed quickly and unpredictably, as the latest handsets and the best practices to manage them continue to evolve and shift with changing tastes. As we look toward 2019, however, that pace seems to finally be slowing.

The newest devices are starting to look remarkably similar, with Apple, Samsung and Google’s flagship smartphones almost impossible to distinguish. The EMM market has also reached maturity, and you’d now be hard pressed to meet a technologically mature enterprise that still has yet to adopt one.
With this level of stability reached, it makes sense that mobility has edged closer to traditional IT practices. This is reflected in research published by Gartner in 2018, which switched out the EMM (enterprise mobility) label in favor of UEM (unified endpoint) in its assessment of the market. This change is designed to acknowledge the reality that organizations have a desire to manage all endpoints the same way, from desktops running Windows 10 to iPhones running iOS 11.
The leaders, according to the Magic Quadrant, are IBM, VMware, MobileIron and BlackBerry, all of which integrate tightly with Wandera’s mobile security and data policy solutions, whether that’s through streamlined deployment options or with deep, omnidirectional security and policy functionality.  
Yet there’s something bigger; something more important that we have to share in the UEM space.  

UEM for mobile data

Historically, Wandera data management customers have been able to set usage caps, implement filters and apply other policy controls across their mobile fleets. With Exten, these features are now available for any device running Windows 10.
Form factors have begun to converge, with ever-larger and more powerful phones starting to blend into the desktop category, which has conversely seen the release of ever-smaller and more nimble machines. With the boundaries more blurred than ever, the emergence of UEM has become even more important.
Exten now means that no matter the device (mobile or laptop), no matter the connection (4G or WiFI) and no matter the location (domestic or roaming), enterprises can enable remote working without the associated risk factors.
With this release, Wandera offers organizations a means to manage data across all of their endpoints as a natural counterpart to UEM solutions.

What does Exten do?

When laptops are connected to tethered devices, metered connections or internal SIMs, it can be difficult to manage and understand where the data is going.
The lack of insights into how data is being used can be frustrating for both the user and the IT administrator. Exten provides features that give back control when using cellular connections with Windows 10.

  • Cap data usage by network

Set smart limits on the amount of data that can be used by each specific network. Powerful allow list and block list features mean essential services can still be accessed

  • Block unwanted services from using data

Set policies that prevent background processes from consuming your cellular data plan, such as cloud storage syncs or system updates

  • Get usage alerts for both admins and users

Take advantage of a customizable range of alerting features that notify users when they are approaching data limits or if services are draining data quickly

How can I use Exten?

Exten supports all devices running Windows 10 connecting to cellular networks, allowing for the creation of policy to manage the data consumption using these connections.

Portable WiFi, dongles and MiFi products

Many organizations make use of hardware that allows SIM-free laptops and tablets to connect to cellular networks on the go.

Tethered connections

Employees often use work-assigned phones to create local hotspots, enabling online work to be done on their more powerful laptops when WiFi isn’t available

SIM-enabled tablets and laptops

A wide variety of laptops, such as the Lenovo Thinkpad, offer an optional SIM card slot or embedded SIM, providing a 24/7 online connection for users without the need for external devices.

Always-connected PCs

These always-on innovative devices are designed to couple all the benefits of mobile working with the power of traditional desktop environments.

Starting using Exten today

If you’d like to learn more about Wandera and our new offering for always-connected laptops, get in touch with one of our mobility experts today. Existing customers should contact their Wandera account manager for more information on Exten.
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