VMware, MobileIron, IBM, BlackBerry and Citrix top IDC EMM rankings

VMware, MobileIron, IBM, BlackBerry and Citrix make the top of the pile in IDC’s latest report examining enterprise mobility management (EMM).

The study, published for the first time by IDC, puts VMware at the top of the tree, with the 14 vendors overall being ranked on ‘capabilities’ and ‘strategies’ – not too dissimilar from ‘ability to execute’ and ‘completeness of vision’ from a rival analyst firm – and being categorised as either leaders, major players, contenders, or participants. Microsoft found a place in between the top two categories, with only VMware outrunning it in terms of strategies but falling however in capabilities.

As this publication has previously reported, vendors are moving from EMM to the term unified endpoint management (UEM) – something which IDC identifies in its report. UEM capabilities within EMM platforms are mainly focused on Windows 10 management, the researchers note, with IT buyers looking at EMM software today focusing closely on solutions featuring UEM as well as Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities.

“EMM is evolving beyond its original scope of mobile device, app, and content management,” said Phil Hochmuth, enterprise mobility research program director at IDC. “EMM is extending into unified endpoint management – combining EMM functions with PC and laptop client devices, from both a company-owned device and BYOD perspective.

“EMM platforms are also extending to non-traditional connected endpoints, such as wearables, digital signage, kiosks, and other IoT-related scenarios such as connected offices and workspace,” Hochmuth added. “EMM platforms that will succeed in the short term, and survive long term, must meet all of today’s enterprise mobility requirements and be in position for the UEM/IoT future.”

For the victors, it will represent another trinket to add to their collection. The most recent Gartner Magic Quadrant, issued in March, had all bar Citrix in the top right box. Like IDC, Microsoft was seen as the next best challenger after the leaders. Similarly – and as many companies pointed out in their analysis – IoT was considered a major strategic area.

You can find out more about the report here (registration required).

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