IBM Named Leader in 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

We’re excited to announce that for the fourth year in a row, IBM has been recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites.

Information technology and security professionals have held the Gartner Magic Quadrant as one of the most influential research tools for budgeting and procurement. At IBM, we feel it’s another high benchmark to our commitment in innovation and execution with our MobileFirst Protect solution.

Enterprise Mobility Management Continues to Evolve

Previously focused on mobile device management (MDM), the report broadened focus last year to include enterprise mobility management (EMM). This change reflects the needs of organizations facing today’s rapidly evolving mobility challenges, with apps, content and access to corporate resources being considered as much as standard device-level configuration and security policy management.

This year, Gartner added mobile identity to the ever-broadening definition of EMM. That seemingly small addition is very important for security’s need to easily enable access to the right user and block out the wrong ones. How important will identity and access become for EMM? Gartner states the following:

“Over the next three years, Gartner expects contextually based mobile identity to become standard functionality within EMM products.”

At IBM, we anticipated the need for these capabilities. Earlier this year, we integrated MobileFirst Protect with Security Access Manager to offer our customers advanced identity services for single sign-on and authentication, access management and policy enforcement.

Mobile Security Moves to the Forefront

As mobile devices, applications and content are enabled for all organizations and most employees, the ability to manage everything becomes more complex. Broader security policies are also coming full circle in each and every use case.

No longer are companies simply giving users access to corporate data without ensuring they are properly protected and in compliance with corporate policies. IT professionals and users have realized that a complete native management approach to a device is good for some employees, but providing a clear separation of email, calendar, contact, content and apps is required for many. This separation is made exponentially easier thanks to evolutions in user interface friendliness and more granular privacy controls at both the app and data levels.

EMM Is Staying Around for a While

If there was any doubt whether the purchase of EMM is necessary, Gartner states the following:

“EMM is the starting point if you are planning to opt into managing anything on a mobile platform. Since it is the presumptive foothold agent, EMM is the logical choice to broker policies for other services and tools on the platform.”

EMM is how security gets delivered in the mobile era so users can be productive on the device they choose. MobileFirst Protect has been supporting our customers throughout the evolution of MDM and EMM and will continue evolving to ensure the solution is providing organizations with the ability to fully leverage mobility in order to quickly and securely support mobile operations.

Read the Report

Gartner’s report also covers:

  • Current mobility concerns and future considerations;
  • EMM cloud maturity examination by vendor;
  • Mobile identity and access management options;
  • Why IBM MobileFirst Protect was named a Leader for EMM.

Download your copy of the “2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant to Enterprise Mobility Management Suites” report to read more.

Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


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