System Center the absolute leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant on Client Management Tools

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.07.2012 at 10:15

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Going back to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools published on 31 January and revised on 8 February 2012.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is placed as the absolute leader in the Magic Quadrant, where the likes of HP, Symantec, LANDesk, CA and others were considered.

The main strengths of System Center Configuration Manager listed by Gartner included our tight integration with App-V, Service Manager and Forefront Endpoint Protection, and the availability of knowledge in the industry due to wide adoption.

Pondering over the cautions, Gartner mentions that Linux and Macintosh client management is not included in SCCM at the time of publishing this quadrant. However, Microsoft announced on June 11, 2012  the SCCM 2012 SP1 CTP that includes support for managing Windows 8, Macintosh OS X and Linux.

The other caution was around Mobile Device Management, since SCCM currently provides only ‘lightweight’ MDM and that SCCM might require expertise for installation. Thanks to the large network of specialized partners in System Center, finding expertise is easy. There are also a number of solutions that integrate and extend the MDM capabilities of System Center Configuration Manager such as Athena MDM.

System Center 2012 Community Evaluation Program

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.06.2011 at 13:03

The System Center team is pleased to announce the Community Evaluation Program. The program is designed to provide IT professionals a structured approach to evaluating System Center and Forefront products before their final release. Members of this program are able to evaluate early versions of products with guidance from the product team and by sharing of experiences and best practices among a community of peers.  Multiple programs are now open and accepting applications including:

Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 – Program starts April 2011

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta – Program starts May 2011

Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 – Program starts June 2011

Orchestrator 2012 Beta – Program starts June 2011

Operations Manager 2012 Beta – Program starts July 2011