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Microsoft, VMware, Ivanti - the only UEM leaders in 2022, says Gartner

20 Sep 2022

UEM Magic Quadrant Gartner 2022

Only three vendors have been named as 'leaders' in the Gartner UEM Magic Quadrant for 2022, and Microsoft is once again in a league of its own.


In 2019 there were 11 vendors in the UEM Magic Quadrant, with six featuring in the Leader quadrant.

Just three years later in  2022, the total number of vendors is just six, with three Leaders.

The loss of vendor numbers reflects Gartner's redefinition of the UEM market from a focus on mobile devices to a focus on the broader management of both mobile devices and PCs – especially their ability to “remotely deploy and provision devices, applications and updates and security patches.”

This shift was signalled prior to the pandemic and was proven to be correct with the dramatic move to remote work inspired by Covid.

Microsoft way out in front, VMware still chasing hard 

Microsoft, for the second year in a row is well ahead of the competition, although VMware has closed the gap somewhat over the past 12 months.

Microsoft retains its clear Leadership for Ability to Execute, although VMware has improved its position from 2021 and continues to lead on the other axis, Completeness of Vision.

Ivanti has been the big mover over the past four years and moves into the Leader quadrant for the first time in 2022 - albeit only just scraping over the line.


UEM Magic Quadrant 2021 v 2022


UEM Magic Quadrant 2020 v 2019


Microsoft leads because 'its Microsoft'

Microsoft Endpoint Manager is the clear Leader in the space. It combines Intune and Configuration Manager, and is licensed through Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) SKU. Microsoft’s adoption is boosted by its integration with other Microsoft products like Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, Defender for Endpoint and Azure AD. It also doesn't hurt that Microsoft 365 is used by over a million companies worldwide and has 46 percent of the global market for office suite technologies. Microsoft Teams continued to grow at astonishing rates reaching 270 million users in 2022, up from the 145 million it reported in 2021.
  • Microsoft-native: Deep platform integration with Azure AD, Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft 365 suites of products offers improved security and IT administrator experience. Evidence of improved stability and performance achieved by replacing third-party plug-ins with native solutions cannot be ignored.

  • Cloud-connected: Improvements in hybrid Azure AD join and Tenant Attach have accelerated the adoption of cloud management of devices via co-management and modern management. The ability to migrate when ready is cited during customer reviews on Gartner’s Peer Insights platform, in feedback collected during client interactions and in social media discussions. This is especially true of organizations that cannot or are not yet ready to exclusively embrace modern management.
  • Product strategy: With the growth of Microsoft 365, Endpoint Manager continues to dominate UEM market share. New features and fixes are prioritized based on customer demand. Sustaining prior momentum, Endpoint Manager branding has become commonplace among clients, and Gartner observes that it is mentioned widely and favorably in social media.
  • Reporting: Dashboard and reporting capabilities are basic, with limited prebuilt reports available compared with competing products. Many clients report that the creation of custom reports via Microsoft Graph integration is labor-intensive and requires specialized skills to be effective.
  • Endpoint diversity: Endpoint Manager lacks comparable capabilities to manage Chrome OS and Linux endpoints. The product also lacks endpoint diversity to support specialized vertical-specific use cases involving wearables, rugged frontline devices and IoT.
  • Complexity: Despite increased investment in Microsoft Learn courses, quick start guides, how-to videos and more prescriptive guidance, feedback collected during client interactions reveals that they still struggle to keep pace with changes. Clients also underestimate the overhead required to operate Configuration Manager and integrate it with Intune, Azure AD and on-premises AD. Those that migrated from other client management tools (CMTs) are also frustrated with the lack of third-party application patching capabilities and the requirement to purchase a third-party solution for this capability.

Microsoft Endpoint manager inclusions


VMware retains the Visionary crown, and closes the gap

VMware continues to lead in its vision for an end-to-end solution and inches closer to Microsoft on the ability to execute axis. In 2022 VMware’s Workspace ONE platform provides improved employee experience through UEM, extensive virtualization, analytics, comprehensive security, remote access, apps and workflows. Its operations and clients tend to be geographically diversified. VMware continues to invest in helping customers drive workplace modernization, implement zero trust, improve the digital employee experience and reduce digital friction.
Broadcom announced its intention to acquire VMware on 26 May 2022. At the date of publication, VMware met the inclusion criteria for this Magic Quadrant and continued to operate as an independent entity. Gartner will provide additional insight and research to clients as more details become available regarding the acquisition.
  • Product strategy: VMware is the only vendor in this research with a complete package that includes device management, single sign-on, remote support, remote access, endpoint security, analytics, automation and virtualization. VMware also added SaaS management capabilities through its partnership with BetterCloud.
  • Ease of use: Workspace ONE provides templates, baseline configurations and wizards that help reduce IT administrator overhead. It also combines traditional and modern management capabilities instead of integrating otherwise disparate tools. The Digital Workspace Tech Zone website resource enables IT administrators to keep pace with changes and updates.
  • Intelligence and automation: Workspace ONE includes Workspace ONE Freestyle Orchestrator, a low-code automation workflow designer that can take action on devices and applications based on triggers from UEM events and data. Workspace ONE Essentials editions include Workspace ONE Intelligence for insights and reporting and rule-based automation. The Enterprise Edition adds use-case focused solutions to measure and improve DEX, Risk Analytics for continuous verification based on machine learning, and risk scores from device context and user behavior.
  • Pricing: Clients get the most value from Workspace ONE through advanced features, such as DEX management, risk-based conditional access for zero trust and use-case focused solutions for automation and intelligence. These are only available with the Advanced or Enterprise license tiers, which are priced among the highest of the products evaluated in this research.
  • Microsoft 365: VMware customers committed to Microsoft 365 continue to struggle to justify investment in a tool that is viewed as overlapping with capabilities that they may already be entitled to under their existing Microsoft 365 licensing.
  • Feature parity: Many of the advanced Workspace ONE capabilities require the use of its SaaS offering. These include reporting and dashboards with historical data, automation with third-party integrations through custom connectors, Risk Analytics, Digital Employee Experience Management and Workspace ONE Trust Network.

VMware Workspace ONE capability


Ivanti moves into Leader quadrant for first time

Ivanti is a Leader in this Magic Quadrant for the first time, just scraping over the line for its ability to execute. Last year Ivanti was sitting just outside the square classified as a Visionary. Ivanti Neurons for Unified Endpoint Management offers broad support for nearly all endpoints. Its operations are geographically diversified, and its clients tend to be enterprise organisations. Ivanti continues to add intelligence and automation to improve discovery, automation, self-healing, patching, zero-trust security and DEX via the Ivanti Neurons platform. Ivanti Neurons also bolsters integration with IT service, asset and cost management tools. Following acquisitions, Ivanti is making progress integrating RiskSense, MobileIron, Cherwell Software and Pulse Secure, but work remains.
  • Intelligence and automation: Ivanti Neurons for Unified Endpoint Management is the only solution in this research that provides active and passive discovery of all devices on the network using multiple advanced techniques to uncover and inventory unmanaged devices. It also applies machine learning (ML) to the collected data and produces actionable insights that can inform or be used to automate the remediation of anomalies.
  • Broad capabilities: In addition to the OS management capabilities required for inclusion in this Magic Quadrant, Ivanti offers management of many Linux distributions and server OSs, OEMConfig and Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices, and wearables. It also can manage devices via SNMP. Ivanti includes OS and application patching capabilities, as well as integrations with its own and third-party IT asset and service management (ITAM/ITSM) tools. Ivanti’s acquisition of RiskSense in August 2021 enhances all of its patch management capabilities by adding a contextual assessment of risk, rather than depending on CVE or CVSS. This is available with an add-on license.
  • Vertical market solutions: Ivanti has rich solutions aligned to the healthcare, education, logistics, public-sector and retail markets. These offerings have the potential to replace individual products that typically don’t work well together, and also can help clients achieve the benefits of efficiency and consolidated management offered by UEM tools, within their vertical market context.
  • Licensing model: As Ivanti continues to expand its offerings, migrate to the cloud and add Ivanti Neurons capabilities to each product, it’s becoming more challenging to navigate the website, bundling and pricing. Gartner clients often cite confusion with understanding what specific capabilities are included with each product or hosting option, or if additional licensing is required.
  • IT administrator experience: Although Ivanti continues to make progress on integrating acquired products with each release, IT administrators will likely still find themselves using several different, but similarly designed, consoles to perform management actions.
  • Feature parity: Some features and extended capabilities of the product are not available on-premises, including the advanced discovery, intelligence and automation from Ivanti Neurons. The SaaS offerings are also updated more frequently and receive updates faster than their on-premises counterparts.
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IBM, ManageEngine and Matrix 42 also on the board

These three vendors each appeared in the previous 2021 quadrant and retained representation in 2022.

Of these, ManageEngine made the sharpest move improving its ability to execute significantly to be now sitting just outside the Leader quadrant in the Niche Players square. 

Gartner noted that ManageEngine's newly rebranded Endpoint Central product continues to expand its broad management capabilities. ManageEngine continues to invest in endpoint analytics, automation and enhanced capabilities for MSPs, as well as broadening its purview into endpoint security, remote access and zero-trust capabilities. ManageEngine's operations are geographically diversified and its clients tend to be MSEs.

Both IBM and Matrix 42 did not improve their positioning over the previous year sitting in Challenger and Niche Player quadrants respectively.


ManageEngine Endpoint Central


Other Vendor Ins and Outs

No vendors were added to the UEM Magic Quadrant in 2022. 

Two vendors were dropped

BlackBerry - Despite strong mobile and secure workspace capabilities and its focus on regulated and high-security use cases, BlackBerry was unable to meet Gartner’s inclusion criteria for macOS management.

Citrix - Citrix announced the 1 July 2022 end of sale for Citrix Endpoint Management to focus investments on zero trust network access (ZTNA) and desktop as a service (DaaS) technologies.


Honourable Mentions 

These vendors did not meet one or more of Gartner's eligibility criteria but were noted for their viability for clients contingent on their requirements.

HCL Software: HCL BigFix offers modern and agent-based management and patching of Windows and macOS, as well as agent-based management and patching of Windows Server, many Linux distributions and UNIX families. Separately licensed, BigFix Mobile offers management of Apple and Android mobile devices. BigFix did not meet Gartner’s inclusion criteria for single license SKU for UEM and direct integration with the Microsoft Intune Graph API for app and data protection.

Syxsense: Syxsense has grown rapidly, and its Syxsense Enterprise product provides configuration management, OS and third-party patching, automated self-healing, security remediation, and remote control capabilities for Windows, macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Android and Linux devices. Clients ask about Syxsense’s unified approach to configuration, patch and vulnerability management that enables collaboration between SecOps and ITOps teams within a single console. Syxsense did not meet Gartner’s inclusion criteria for market momentum.

Tanium: Tanium continues to expand its endpoint management, patching, vulnerability, asset management and endpoint security capabilities for clients that operate complex environments. Tanium has a strong capability to discover devices, identify vulnerabilities and patch a wide variety of device types in almost any network scenario. Deployment options include on-premises and SaaS. Tanium lacks the MDM capabilities required to satisfy Gartner’s inclusion criteria for this Magic Quadrant.


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What is UEM according to Gartner?

Gartner defines unified endpoint management as a tool that provides agent and agentless management of computers and mobile devices through a single console.
Modern UEM tools must:
  • Provide a user-centric view of devices across device platforms.
  • Offer agent and/or agentless management through native Windows 10, macOS and Chrome OS controls.
  • Offer agentless management through native Apple iOS/iPad OS and Google Android controls.
  • Aggregate telemetry and signals from identities, apps, connectivity and devices to inform policy and related actions.
  • Aggregate and analyze technology performance and employee experience data.
  • Integrate with identity, security and remote access tools to support zero-trust access and contextual authentication, vulnerability, policy, and configuration and data management.
  • Manage nontraditional devices, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, wearables and rugged handhelds.


Gartner UEM Magic Quadrant eligibility criteria

Gartner currently tracks more than 30 vendors in the endpoint management space. The exclusion of a vendor, says Gartner, does not mean that the vendor and its products lack viability. It simply means it failed to meet the criteria and given that one criteria is having 10 million devices under management, that effectively knocked out some smaller regional or niche players. 

To qualify for inclusion in the Gartner Magic Quadrant vendors must meet the following criteria:
Magic Quadrant research identifies and analyzes the most relevant providers and their products in a market. To qualify for inclusion, vendors must present a defensible solution capable of the following:
  1. A generally available, single license product that demonstrates:
    • Agentless management of Apple iOS and macOS, Google Android, and Windows 10, which includes:
      • Device enrollment and provisioning
      • Device configuration and policy enforcement
      • OS patching and update management
      • Application deployment in native format
    • Agent-based management or prebuilt connector for CMT integration
    • Direct integration with the Microsoft Intune Graph API for app and data protection
    • Location-agnostic endpoint management (not dependent on LAN/VPN)
  2. Evidence that the UEM product has at least 10 million devices under management, excluding managed devices entitled under trial, freemium or other no-cost use arrangements
  3. UEM offering as turnkey SaaS (UEM vendor hosted and operated, not IaaS)
  4. Rank among the top organizations in the market momentum index defined by Gartner for this Magic Quadrant. Data inputs used to calculate UEM platform market momentum include a balanced set of measures, such as:
    • Gartner customer search, inquiry volume and trend data
    • Volume of job listings specifying experience with the UEM platform as a job requirement on TalentNeuron and on a range of employment websites in the U.S., Europe and China
    • Frequency of mentions as a competitor to other UEM platform vendors within reviews on Gartner’s Peer Insights forum between April 2021 and March 2022


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