Microsoft Offers Its Take on Cloud-Enabled Mobile Management
System Center Configuration Manager is taking a cloudier turn and IT pros will want to get ready, according Microsoft's Brad Anderson.The writing's on the wall. Cloud-enabled enterprise mobile management is the future for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) administrators. SCCM is Microsoft's PC and server management toolkit, which can be extended to cover mobile devices with the company's cloud-based Windows Intune product. Expect the cloud to figure more heavily in the near future, according to Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Windows Server and System Center. In a message to SCCM administrators on the company's blog, Anderson said he wants to help them "see a way to use the cloud that isn't overwhelming or counterintuitive or contrary to the work they do on-prem." It's a conversation that can't wait simply because the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon has already had a major impact on user IT with no signs of slowing down. Armed with a forecast from IDC, Anderson argued that SCCM administrators "are going to and want to be responsible for PCs and devices." IDC predicts that by 2017, smartphone and tablet shipments will hit 1.579 billion and 368 million units, respectively. By comparison, PC shipments are expected to reach only 292 million units in 2017.
To empower administrators against such a backdrop, "Microsoft will continue to invest and innovate in SCCM's capabilities and the hybrid integration with Intune," said Anderson. "These innovations will continue to add to the heavy-duty PC management that all SCCM administrators use broadly today, while extending SCCM to the cloud with Intune for mobile devices."