Gartner Magic Quadrant: MobileFirst Protect remains a leader in EMM

Gartner's Magic Quadrant

MobileFirst Protect remains a leader when it comes to enterprise mobility management (EMM) suites, according to The Gartner Magic Quadrant 2015 report. 

Findings from the report into EMM suites indicated that IBM's MaaS360 – which was rebranded as “MobileFirst Protect” in 2015 – continues to be a great fit for those organisations attempting to integrate mobile devices into their security frameworks, systems and IT lifecycles. 

It was noted that MobileFirst Protect has a number of strengths, including its ease of deployment for reference customers. Installations are tailored to meet a company’s specific needs, while extensive levels of self-help are available to individual users. 

Furthermore, IBM’s “mature shared-processing multi-tenant architecture” was ranked best-in-class, coming ahead of other EMM providers. This was largely down to the easy separation of access for users, in addition to how it can be used by different levels of administration due to its separation of duties and scope. 

The service's monitoring and tracking system was described as “robust and extensive” by the report. It was also applauded for its features that can be used for certain geographical notifications, with several IBM clients already using the service as a basic emergency or mass notification service. 

The report also looked at Blackberry’s stance in the market, noting that while the company is still regarded as a niche player, its unrivalled approach to Enterprise security cannot be beaten. 

The ability to audit and log SMS messages was given a nod, particularly given how this contributes to Blackberry Enterprise Service’s MDM support for devices, which was touted as the strongest in the market. Indeed, its support continues to rake in very positive feedback from customers. 

The “very well-designed” console also provides good navigation and administration, according to the report’s authors, while its featured ‘filter grid’ and ‘quick filters’ mean it is simple to find users and devices.

It is also worth noting that at the time the report was compiled, BES12 did not support Windows 8.1. This is now supported along with Windows 10, no doubt strengthening Blackberry’s position in this market.