Gartner for Technical Professionals has released a new In Depth Assessment: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)
. This EMM suite has generated a lot of interest lately (especially our clients asking about a Microsoft Intune review) and we thought it would be helpful to set some context (and encourage you to read the entire IDA!). It’s important to understand the ways in which EMS is strong and ways in which it is catching up—as well as understand the situations in which EMS is a good fit for organizations.
It is important to dive into the IDA, and I’ll call out one area in particular that merits further reading: You’ll see that Microsoft EMS scores quite low in the Mobile Content Management (MCM) category. At first glance, this can be a bit confusing, since Microsoft does have MCM capability in OneDrive for Business and Gartner has researched and written an IDA on OneDrive
. Here’s the catch: OneDrive for Business is not included within EMS. However, we anticipate that many organizations will not find this to be a stumbling block, as there is a strong correlation between interest in EMS and interest in Office 365 (OneDrive is available in O365). Gartner’s commitment to consistent evaluation meant that while OneDrive for Business exists, it isn’t included in the EMS package and thus cannot be counted.
The second important reason to read the entire IDA is the large differences between what a cloud-only deployment will enable vs. a hybrid deployment with SCCM. The deployments are quite different and we were careful to indicate where this impacts a particular feature. It’s a decision that organizations will want to make with their eyes wide open, so grab some coffee and dig in!