Mobile has become a common tool for the vast majority of business workers. Over the last three or four years, instead of being considered an emerging technology, it has essentially transitioned to a mature solution that has been accepted almost universally.

This does not mean that the mobile does not have its challenges. Peripheral diversity, unequal security capabilities, user ownership, and relatively short life cycles often make it difficult for IT departments. The MDM / EMM (Mobile Device Management / Mobile Enterprise Management) suites have been deployed by most organizations to manage the mobile device and workforce. Of the dozens of vendors offered three or four years ago, we are now in a handful of relevant solution providers. But do traditional EMM vendors have a future? Below, we will discuss some future trends / forecasts that our firm (J.Gold Associates, LLC.) Has studied.

The evolution of EMM / MDM suites

I expect most EMM / MDM suites to migrate to complete unified endpoint management (UEM) suites that not only manage PCs, but also mobile devices, but also integrate tools to to handle the very fast deployments of Enterprise of Things (EoT), most companies will undertake in the next two or three years. Many providers have already moved in this direction (BlackBerry, Citrix, VMware, for example), but most of their business remains in the mobility space. And to counter the shift of mobility providers to EMU, most traditional PC management providers (eg Microsoft) have implemented mobility management features (for example, Microsoft System Center with Intune), which makes more difficult migration of providers from MME to UEM, as there is already an installed base of PC management tools so important that many companies get free or almost.

With the overlap and diversity of installed tools, the IT department needs to be streamlined and I expect that virtually all companies will adopt an EMU approach within two to three years by eliminating the overlap between solutions. management for mobile and those for PC.

Increased competition in the MDM / EMM space

In addition, traditional MDM / EMM publishers will see increased competition from companies focused on empowering cloud EoT infrastructure solutions, such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS). ), etc. ., as well as platform providers such as SAP, IBM and Oracle. The management of strategic EoT devices and future leading computing assets, which will far exceed the number of smartphones and PCs in the next two to three years, will be difficult but necessary for businesses to maintain security and minimize threats.

On the basis of these market forces, companies will have to re-evaluate their EMU suppliers over the next two years in order to find an optimal solution for the future, with a likely migration to new solutions / suppliers.

Use artificial intelligence to improve EMM / EMU suites

All these changes / diversity make the situation almost too complicated to manage for IT teams with limited resources. Over the next two to three years, it will be virtually impossible to deploy a manageable and secure solution for the broad range of devices and components in the enterprise without the improvements available by integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into the products. Almost all EMU vendors are adding such features, and within one to two years, I expect a major migration of companies that upgrade their suites with the artificial intelligence technology needed to both protect and defend additional terminals. perhaps more importantly, alleviate the growing IT burden by eliminating much of the complexity of management. Companies need to evaluate new solutions not only based on their management capabilities, but also on the IT burden, which ATI will help to significantly reduce.

Adding security features to EMM / EMU solutions

In the longer term, it will be impossible for EMM / EMU providers to offer a viable solution to endpoint management without having a strong ability to secure these endpoints. This means that EMU suppliers acquiring more and more security products (eg BlackBerry, acquiring Cylance) and new security providers (Cisco, Dell, HP, Microsoft, etc.) are increasing their acquisitions by increasing their security capabilities. management by acquiring more traditional EMU solutions with emphasis on security features.

This will require companies to think about the best way to choose a composite security / management solution provider, but this will be facilitated by the continued shift to cloud-based SaaS solutions that add to the burden of changing features / components, and even reduces the burden of switching suppliers.

The bottom line

What does all this mean for you? If your company is currently running an MDM / EMM solution, or even if it has already migrated to an EMU product, prepare for significant changes over the next two to three years. You need to start planning now how your business will evolve into a new era of device management. The products and / or suppliers that you currently have in place may become obsolete.

If you do not view endpoint management strategically and do not prepare for the next phase of functionality, you risk putting your business on the path to reduced productivity, a threat surface. increased and a higher TCO.