We have added lot of features and enhancements in 9.x platform releases. We would like you to note the recently made announcement regarding the end of support for 8.1 and 8.2. Customers using version 8.x of the platform are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible to continue receiving product support. Please note that in addition to the many improvements in 9.x platform releases, many of our latest application offerings use functionality that is not compatible with 8.x and older platform versions. Upgrading is the best way to take advantage of all of the latest product capabilities of Endpoint Manager.
Here are the list of key features you would get if you upgrade to 9.x.
64-bit server components: Windows Server Components (Server, Console, Web Reports, FillDB, and BESAdmin) are now 64-bit Windows applications. This improves performance for large IEM deployments.
Expanded OS support: Debian 6, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Windows Server 2012, RHEL 7
Enhanced Security: Disable SHA-1 signatures in favor of SHA-256, Support for TLS 1.2 and root certificate key strength increased from 1024 to 4096 bits
Common Criteria security certification: Increased server audit logging and configurable attributes for Console and Web reports
New agent inspectors: SSID for WiFi inspector, SQLite inspectors, JSON inspectors, SHA-2 inspectors, TCP/UDP port inspectors (supported on Windows 7+, Windows Server 2008+), Inspectors for tracking long fixlet evaluation times, SHA-2 inspectors
Granularity of Access Control: This allows NMO users to manage actions
Improved relay resiliency: Relay recoverability from errors and data corruption has been added
Manual upgrade instructions are available here
Upgrade Fixlets for previous versions of IBM Endpoint Manager are available here
Version 8.1 of Tivoli Endpoint Manager effective end of support March 31st 2015. IBM official announce letter 914-182:
Version 8.2 of Tivoli Endpoint Manager effective end of support April 30th 2016. IBM official announce letter 915-114: