ITDM survey reveals convergence of PC and Mobile Device Management

86% of firms would upgrade their Windows PCs to Windows 10 within 3-4 years

Results from the recent Decision-Maker Mobile Technology Survey, showed changes since last year’s survey are wide-reaching. They encompass shifts in technology buying and spending levels, new priorities and challenges, organizational change, and brand affinities. 400 mobile technology decision-makers in the US and four European countries were surveyed on their purchasing preferences for enterprise mobility and digital workplace products.

The research identifies trends in both the acceleration of Windows 10 adoption, as well as the convergence of the PC Management and Enterprise Mobility Management teams and strategies.  According to the survey:

  • 86% of firms stated they would upgrade their Windows PCs to Windows 10 within 3-4 years
  • 47% of those organizations say they will upgrade in the next 12 months
  • 83% of the firms said they planned to converge their PC management and Enterprise Mobility management strategy and teams
  • 44% of firms say they planned to do this convergence within the next 12 months

Below are some data points we’ve found in the telemetry that comes back to Microsoft from millions of devices around the world:

  • Of the 85M monthly active users of Office 365, over 95% of the cloud identities are being managed by Azure Active Directory (Premium). If you are using something else as your IDP, you are built on a configuration that is not widely used. You can massively simplify if you move to just use what comes from Microsoft.
  • EMS grew more than 135% over the previous quarter- a staggering 400% faster than the nearest EMM provider.
  • Microsoft now has the largest EMM customer base with more than 41k unique customers – which is 200% – 300% larger than other EMM providers.

EMS has integrated with all of the SaaS apps noted above to provide a great single-sign-on experience for users, as well as give IT the ability to bring these SaaS apps under management. With each of these SaaS apps, EMS offers the ability to provide real-time conditional access (block/allow) based on risks associated with the user identity, the device being used, the app being used, and the physical location of the user/device.  One of the most important things that we provide for each of these SaaS apps is the ability to identify user accounts exhibiting suspicious behaviors while attempting to access corporate content.  The conditional access capabilities within EMS protect this access to company data in the SaaS services.

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