2017 Gartner EMM Magic Quadrant: What’s Changed

2017_Gartner Magic Quadrant Enterprise Mobility Management
Gartner recently released their latest Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and not much has changed since last year’s version.

Gartner calls EMM suites the “glue that connects mobile devices to their enterprise infrastructure.” The report states that the following five core EMM technical capabilities help IT organizations perform functions such as provisioning, auditing, support and more:

  • Mobile device management (MDM)
  • Mobile application management (MAM)
  • Mobile identity (MI)
  • Mobile content management (MCM)
  • Containment

“There are diverse vendor approaches to managing the mobile life cycle, with many focusing on identity and access, content security, and containment. To be classified as an EMM suite, Gartner requires inclusion of MDM, MAM and at least one of the following: MI, MCM or containment technologies. The most advanced suites will include all five technologies,” according to the report.

The latest version of the quadrant only features 13 vendors: VMWare, MobileIron, IBM, BlackBerry, Microsoft, Citrix, Sophos, SOTI, Ivanti, Matrix42, NationSky, Snow Software, and Cisco.

Vendors are included in the report based on the following criteria provided by Gartner:

  • The vendor must have at least $8 million in 2016 EMM revenue.
  • There must be at least five new references, with a maximum of 10, from organizations using the EMM product in production, with at least one that has multiple operating systems under management and one with 10,000 or more installed seats.
  • The vendor must offer EMM support for at least iOS, Android and Windows 10.
  • The vendor must provide an EMM suite that contains MDM, MAM and at least one of the following: MI, MCM or containment technologies.

There were no new kids on the block this year; however, LANDESK has been dubbed Ivanti since its merger with HEAT Software. So, while you haven’t seen Ivanti, you have seen LANDESK on the quadrant before.

VMware AirWatch, MobileIron, BlackBerry, and IBM were all named leaders in the latest version of the report. Citrix was part of the leader’s section last year and fell to the visionary category this year. SAP was the only name to be removed completely from the tech giant’s report as they no longer meet the including criteria.

Microsoft was transitioned to the visionary section from the challenger’s bucket. VMware was put at the top due to their completeness of vision and ability to execute.

According to Gartner, “AirWatch has proven large-scale deployments across most vertical markets.” Plus, the provider drives innovation with cero-day support for new OSs and Workspace Once positions VMWare AirWatch as a “broader solution to expand past EMM-only installations.”

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