Notice: Global Information Announces Listing on JASDAQ Standard Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Cover Image
Market Research Report

Next-Generation OS's For The Enterprise

Published by VDC Research Group, Inc. Product code 893338
Published Content info 30 Pages; 64 Exhibits
Delivery time: 1-2 business days
Back to Top
Next-Generation OS's For The Enterprise
Published: May 31, 2019 Content info: 30 Pages; 64 Exhibits

The changes occurring in end-user computing environments have been incremental since PCs became a fixture at every business user's desk. While Linux has become the de-facto operating system (OS) in data centers, and Apple has made notable gains in the education and enterprise markets, Microsoft's has been able to maintain its large footprint in business settings. The company's OS, directory services, and collaboration suite are engrained in SMBs and in most large corporations. But several factors are disrupting the traditional PC model - end-user expectations have evolved, business applications and core IT infrastructure elements have moved to the web and the cloud, and mobile devices have become business-critical for many organizations. Most importantly, an alternative next-generation OS has emerged.

Google's Chrome OS is exposing the obsolescence of traditional device administration, security and application management. Chrome OS powered devices feature robust embedded security and has provided Google with an opportunity to compete in corporate end-user computing (EUC) environments. In addition, Google has dethroned Apple in the education market and is introducing countless young people to its hardware and software, helping to predispose them to be Google fans once they finish their schooling and enter the workforce. But Google has made it clear that it intends to go further, and is aiming for the enterprise.

This report will outline the changing nature of end-user computing deployment environments and expound on the market opportunity for next-generation browser-first OS's (BFOS) such as Google's Chrome OS, and Microsoft's rumored Windows Lite OS - the company's answer to Google's success with Chromebooks, and its first BFOS. In order to garner more insight into these trends, VDC Research recently surveyed 208 IT decision makers (ITDMs) responsible for overseeing EUC for their organization. A critical focus of the research included OS usage and migration trends, endpoint device trends, such as unified endpoint management (UEM), and their effect on the entrenched EUC ecosystem, namely, Windows-based PCs. It will discuss the need for productivity and collaboration tools that seamlessly span geographies and network boundaries; and address the value of deploying a cloud and browser-first solution that provides streamlined and secure access to SaaS, web, mobile, Windows, and Linux apps, as well as desktops and files.


  • How large is browser first OS (BFOS) market opportunity?
  • What is the ‘sweet spot' for BFOS devices?
  • Which use cases has Google's Chrome OS been the most successful in to date?
  • What defensive moves will Microsoft make to preserve its Windows franchise?
  • Which are the key performance and support gaps for Google's Chrome Enterprise solution?
  • Does the required layering of complementary security solutions negate Google's hardware cost advantage?
  • In which geographical regions and market segments will next-generation OS's see the most/least success?
  • Will UEM partners such as Citrix, IBM, MobileIron, and VMware be effective in complementing next-generation OS's?
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Inside This Report

Executive Summary

Global Market Overview


Vendor Profiles

  • Ancoris
  • Cloudbakers
  • DoiT
  • Maven Wave
  • Neverware
  • Onix
  • Tempus Nova
  • WideOps

About VDC Research

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1: Chromebooks Unit Shipments by User Type
  • Exhibit 2: Chromebooks Unit Shipments by Region
  • Exhibit 3: Factors Driving Interest in BFOS Offerings
  • Exhibit 4: Most Important Capabilities of Next-Generation OSs
  • Exhibit 5: Current and Planned OS Trends in the Enterprise
  • Exhibit 6: Current and Planned UEM Usage
  • Exhibit 7: Worldwide BFOS Forecast (Global Shipments with LTE Mobile Data Support)
  • Exhibit 8: Always-On eSIM Value Proposition
  • Exhibit 9: ITDM Top 5 Concerns Relating to Google's Chrome Enterprise Offering
Back to Top