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VMware’s Workspace ONE solution has been positioned as a leader in unified endpoint management (UEM) according to a recent report by the influential research company IDC.

The report, entitled ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Unified Endpoint Management Software 2017 Vendor Assessment’ profiled 12 vendors and highlighted VMware as a leader in this field.

Why is endpoint management so important? Well, as devices and endpoints continue to multiply across organisations, so the need grows for a unified, robust and secure platform that provides integrated identity, application and enterprise mobility management.

Powered by AirWatch, Workspace ONE offers a single solution to UEM, giving secure access to any application from any device – across laptops, tablets, smartphones, web applications, native mobile applications or Windows applications. The single solution approach also applies across all endpoint platforms including Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, iOS, and Android.

These strengths are reflected in the IDC MarketScape report, with some of the key points being:

  • Windows 10 PC management is simplified with the integration of peer-to-peer (P2P) software distribution technology to help install large applications to distributed PCs at scale
  • AirWatch provides “legacy Windows PC configuration and application management (i.e., Win32 app distribution and Group Policy Objects enforcement)
  • AirWatch also “…supports macOS management features such as Mac app delivery, pre-deployment/staging system configuration, and support for macOS via Apple’s Device Enrolment Program (DEP)”
  • And finally IDC had praise for VMware’s Chrome support, confirming that it is “… the first UEM vendor to support Chromebook and Chrome OS devices at the API level with Google’s Chrome Device Manager (CDM) service. Other third-party EMM/UEM platforms manage Chrome devices at the browser and browser extension level but are not integrated at the API level with CDM.”

The IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is intended to provide a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of vendors in specific markets can be meaningfully compared. Little wonder then that VMware is extremely pleased with the results of this latest survey.

Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager of End-User Computing at VMware commented, “Today’s employees have grown accustomed to the seamless onboarding process associated with booting up a new mobile device. We’re on a mission to bring this consumer-simple experience to PC lifecycle management to transform end user and IT experience.”

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