Gartner recently published its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Tools. UEM tools combine the management of multiple endpoints like iOS, Android, Windows 10 and macOS devices in a single console. Like last year, Microsoft was recognized as a Leader with highest ranking in the “Ability to Execute” axis. During the last earnings call, Microsoft announced that ConfigMgr and Intune are now managing more than 175 million Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. Going by the numbers, Microsoft now owns the most widely used endpoint management solution in the market. Gartner mentioned the following as strengths and weakness of Microsoft’s OEM offering.
- Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers that fully buy into the Microsoft 365 vision will find that extensive integration across products exposes capabilities that are difficult to replicate piecemeal.
- Exclusive integration with ConfigMgr and incremental migration capabilities for PCs to Intune and ConfigMgr co-management can reduce the complexity of the transition to UEM.
- There is full integration with Office 365 mobile apps; Intune is required for implementing app-level access to full DLP controls such as controlling “save as,” restricting “copy/paste” and enabling multiidentity features.
- Organizations with significant investments in some popular identity management products (for example, Ping Identity and Okta) should carefully evaluate whether Intune’s lack of full integration with such products allows for full exploitation of the identity-related features they intend to deploy, particularly on mobile devices.
- Support for macOS is evolving quickly in Intune but lags many competitors. macOS shops should confirm that support for all required features for managing this platform is available prior to deployment.
- Support for Chrome OS device management is currently unavailable with Intune.
You can read the full Gartner report here.