Mobile Eats the Desktop

Playbook Takes Your Organization from Legacy PC Tools to EMM with up to 80% Savings

EMM Disrupts Desktop Operations

The Windows PC was the dominant productivity tool for knowledge workers. Today, we are no longer tethered to the desktop. We use a variety of devices — mobile and desktop, personal and corporate-owned. Traditional client management tools (CMTs) cannot securely enable this modern, diverse, and dynamic environment. This is why Microsoft has re-architected Windows 10 to adopt enterprise mobility management (EMM) as its modern model of desktop operations.

Migrating Windows 10 to EMM can improve efficiency, agility and user experience. It gives IT the potential to save up to 80% of desktop total cost of ownership (TCO) across software licensing, IT operations, and service desk management.

MobileIron is the standalone market leader in EMM. MobileIron Bridge complements the MobileIron platform by enabling IT to adopt EMM for Windows 10 right away without losing the ability to take granular security, registry, application, and file actions.

EMM is the most fundamental disruption in desktop operations in twenty years. MobileIron Bridge eases the transition, but transitions are inherently challenging for organizations because they impact not just technology, but also people and process.

Develop Your Transition Playbook

Organizations will need a transition playbook to successfully move to EMM for Windows 10. Here are a few things to think about.

Windows 10 adoption: New Windows 10 devices, especially tablets such as Microsoft Surface or similar devices from HP or Lenovo, act as a good starting point for EMM, keeping the legacy CMT system functional until a complete migration over to EMM.

Recommendation: Identify key devices or user groups that offer a natural starting point. If you are deploying tablets, need to secure and manage BYOD devices, or need to on-board temporary or contract workers, those are great ways to start using EMM for your Windows 10 PCs.

GPO complexity: EMM policies are new to Windows 10 and may not yet replicate the full set of GPOs deployed. Address this gap with MobileIron Bridge and apply these same granular policies easily without old school tools and processes such as CMT and Domain Join.

Recommendation: Start by identifying which legacy policies may no longer be required. Even with the power of MobileIron Bridge, organizations should still critically evaluate their policy infrastructure and see what is really required instead of deploying complex policies simply because that is what was done in the past.

Legacy apps: Most organizations accept the inevitability of moving off legacy Win32 apps in favor of modern apps, with a better Windows 10 user experience and faster migration to EMM.

Recommendation: Begin looking at the critical business processes and the ideal user experience you want to deliver for maximum productivity. Develop a long term application strategy that includes prioritizing which apps need to be modernized or developed to accelerate business transformation.

Organizational inertia: Potential conflict may arise between the desktop and mobile teams as EMM is disruptive to the status quo and as new security and management architectures and operational processes are put in place.

Recommendation: Consider change management as an important component of the EMM migration, with the right level of executive support within the organization. The desktop team is looking for a better and more efficient way to do their tasks and education on how EMM improves the overall experience is helpful.

Getting Started: Lower PC Operations Costs Today

The move to EMM is the most fundamental shift in Windows security and management in twenty years. The time for this is not in the distant future, but is here now. To learn how MobileIron can help bring you into the modern world and reduce your PC TCO, please contact us at and work with an expert to go through the TCO model customized for your organization.

Abby Guha

Director, Global Product Marketing

About the author

Abby Guha is a 20 year veteran of the tech industry. Before joining MobileIron in 2014, she worked extensively in product and corporate marketing across the enterprise apps, security, and cloud computing spaces in companies such as Oracle, EMC, RSA Security, Nokia, and Symantec. In her current role as Director of Global Product Marketing, Abby develops messaging and positioning for MobileIron’s enterprise mobility management solutions, creates a wide array of sales and customer-facing content, and oversees the complete go-to-market initiatives that bring product to market and subsequently drive success through the right channels. Follow Abby on LinkedIn.