This is installment two in a series of five blog posts examining the use of EMM and IoT-specific solutions for IoT use cases.


Welcome back! This is the second post in a series exploring the differences between IoT-specific and traditional EMM solutions to help you determine which is best suited for IoT use cases. In this post, we will provide additional details and insights to help you decide whether your IoT implementation is simple enough to be managed by an EMM solution or if it requires a more specialized IoT management solution.

Following are some questions you should ask yourself as you think about what type of solution to use to manage your IoT use cases:

  • What Needs to be Managed? A large part of this discussion is directed by the kinds of endpoints that need to be managed. If you are looking to manage devices with an actual person at the end (smart-phones, laptops, smart glasses, and wearables with a simple 2-tier architecture) (thing->user), then EMM-managed IoT is the path to take. However, if your devices are primarily Linux-based, need a gateway, and are situated in remote, unmanned locations, then a pure IoT device management solution that supports 3-tier architectures is the way to go.
  • How Many Things Need to be Managed? In IoT, scale is everything. How many endpoints can be supported will be a critical factor in determining which solution to pick. IoT device management solutions are purpose-built to handle this kind of scale so you can add and remove connected things and gateways from your networks based on the changing needs of your business quickly and efficiently.
  • What is Your Goal? Current and future management requirements are another major delineator. If you are looking for device and app lifecycle upkeep with user-centric management, then EMM-managed IoT will suffice. However, for additional functionality like real-time monitoring, data orchestration and over-the-air real-time updates, a more sophisticated and IoT-specific solution is required.


Here’s a handy graphic summarizing the points above.

EMM versus 3 Tier IoT


Stay tuned for additional posts where we instantiate what we outlined in these initial two posts with Smart Factory, Smart Store and Smart Hospital examples.


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