Article by Edoardo Bellocchi

The six advantages of centralised management of PCs

What are the main benefits of centralised management today?

Undoubtedly very useful as a tool for IT teams, centralised PC management allows to get a lot of benefits. In fact, today it is no longer a matter of centrally managing only classic personal computers, but also a number of other devices, so that it may be more appropriate to talk about centralised endpoint management.

Multiple endpoints

As is well known today, any company can differentiate the endpoint according to individual needs, ranging, in addition to the classic desktop PC, from the workstation to the laptop, and from the thin client to the tablet or smartphone. And if the range of clients available today is so wide, it is a direct reflection of the vastness of work styles, increasingly typical of the transformation in place in many companies. But it is a fact that PCs, both desktop and laptop, are still the majority of the devices used, and this is why we are referring to them when examining the advantages of centralised management.

Online benefits

Companies relying on centralised management of PCs solutions are typically middle-sized and big ones, or those that are not of considerable size but have distributed workstations in many physically distant places. In these two cases, the benefits can be such as to justify the adoption of ad hoc solutions.

But we can see more in detail what are the six main benefits of the centralised management of PCs.

1 – Greater efficiency

The first advantage is to have a great overall efficiency, even with respect to the information that the IT manager can have on the devices he controls, as he is able to know at any time what devices are connected to the network.

2 – Remote monitoring

Secondly, having a centralised management tool avoids the IT manager being physically present on users’ desks to provide assistance. Likewise, in the case of a company with a large number of affiliates spread across the territory, it avoids IT employees to move from one place to another to handle the various devices.

3 – Productivity without interruption

In addition, thanks to the constant monitoring of installed PCs, it is possible to resolve immediately, or at least very quickly, any assistance requests, with significant benefits in terms of lower operating costs and time savings. This last aspect of time saving also has a direct reflection on the productivity of users, who are no longer forced to wait for a technician to arrive, resulting in adverse impacts on operation.

4 – Real-time visibility   

Continuing in the analysis of the benefits of centralised management, it should be pointed out that there is a constantly updated visibility of the status of corporate PCs, also in relation to possible malfunctions and their causes.

5 – Uniformity of configuration

Another advantage is the ability to have a uniform distribution of software on each machine, even with the ability to make a custom template for use by different user groups, with a set of apps and software specific to the different targets.

6 – Security in the foreground

Finally, in the sixth position of this ideal list, we highlight an important aspect: the PCs security which results from this type of management. Keeping the systems in constant efficiency and constantly updated completely avoids potentially risky situations in which the user may be seek help from “do-it-yourself” methods, in the event of malfunctions or delays in upgrades. This is because the user operates on an always efficient PC and will never have the need or the temptation to intervene personally. And that can only reset at least one of the pipes that potentially endangers business data and reputation.

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