Gartner has predicted that by 2024, 70% of enterprises will adopt Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) tools.

Analyst house Gartner, Inc. released the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Tools, where they analyzed 11 enterprises. In the analysis, six of them were identified as leaders. As per the research, UEM tools are ‘a set of offerings that comprise Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Modern Management of Traditional endpoints (PCs and Mac).’

Gartner has also stressed on the significance of Client Management Tool (CMT) integration in UEM tools. UEM provides enterprises with a single console for MDM and CMT and a console for monitoring IoT devices and mobile devices. Strategic planning assumptions by Gartner state that by 2024, almost 70% of enterprises shall adopt UEM tools due to the proliferation of Apple macOS and Google Chrome OS.

In this particular Magic Quadrant report, Gartner has evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of 11 significant providers the marketplace and plotted them in the four quadrants (niche players, visionaries, challengers, and leaders), based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute. When compared to the last years Magic Quadrant, no new vendors were added. However, three vendors were dropped. The most common theme that emerged to track the exclusion of the three organizations was that they lacked the links to existing CMT infrastructure.

The Challenger Quadrant has only Ivanti standing with as it demonstrated a breadth of UEM offerings, however, it is noted that its focus is more on EMEA and the North American marketplaces. The Niche Players include Matrix42, Snow Software, and ManageEngine. The report mentions that Matrix42 and ManageEngine demonstrate limits to CMT functionality, which may have limited their Quadrant movements.

The Quadrant has majorly changed is in the Leaders and Visionaries sections, where only 42Gears stands in the Visionary section. Interestingly, this provider moved up in its ability to execute. This could be possibly due to its innovations in AR, IoT devices, and wearables.

The significant change is the rise of Citrix from the Visionaries section to the Leaders quad. It rose significantly in its ability to execute as well as the completeness of vision. Gartner has specifically praised Citrix in the report for its direct integration, easy-to-deploy execution on unmanaged devices, and ML.

The five previous Leaders in the 2018 quadrant, including BlackBerry, MobileIron, IBM, VMware, and Microsoft, are at their positions once again. Microsoft has slightly moved to the left in its completeness of vision but higher on its ability to execute. IBM and Blackberry rose, but are still below Microsoft and VMware on the quadrant. Since the Leaders quadrant appears to be less clustered this year, it indicated that the market is maturing with specific capabilities taking on new significance.

This is only the second time that Gartner defined the UEM market as one that is witnessing a significant expansion of MDM and EMM solutions. Gartner suggests that UEM tools will continue to evolve in helping organizations streamline the transition from CMTs and mobile device management.