Keynote day 2 Brad Anderson. You. Empowered to Embrace Consumerization by Alexandre Verkinderen

Tuesday morning, second day of MMS brings us the first keynote of the Microsoft Management Summit 2011: YOU. Empowered by the Cloud. The day 2 keynote at MMS was focused on empowering IT, and the consumerization of IT - how can IT enable users to use at work the devices they use at home. The keynote covered new ways to manage mobile devices, easily deploy and manage software, patch and manage machines, regardless of where they are.

Users want to take their personal devices to the business. So how do you enable those scenarios?

The central point is system center and specific SCCM 2012. With SCCM 2012 you can enable and embrace consumerization.

Brad focused on 3 topics that are key in SCCM 2012:

  • Ensure anywhere productivity
  • Protect data en maintain compliance
  • Enable the work/life blur

Users are nowadays working everywhere over the globe and companies needs to ensure user productivity anywhere, anytime with any device. Users should be able to access corporate applications and data from anywhere on any device but at the same time this corporate data should be protected compliance should be maintained.

Device Freedom

One of the key announcements during the keynote is that SCCM 2012 has device freedom. From now on you will be able to manage non-windows devices like Ipad, Iphone, Android and Symbian! All those devices can be managed through the SCCM console, so you will have one console to configure all this devices, no need to talk to the exchange team anymore!

Productivity Anywhere

SCCM 2012 enables you want to empower users and deliver applications to the user anywhere, anytime, everywhere and at the same time have device freedom thanks to the new unified infrastructure and simplified administration. SCCM 2012 has delivers you a ton of new features while at the same time reduce the amount of infrastructure and servers. You don’t want to deploy software to untrusted pc’s as they are not a trusted entity. With the new Self-service portal users can request software at any time and the system will decide how to deliver application based on policy you defined. At the end it’s all about the application that has to be delivered to the user on any device everywhere. SCCM 2012 has some deep integration with Citrix/Xen desktop

Security and client management convergence

With SCCM 2012 you will get and integrated experience with Forefront endpoint protection for no extra costs as Forefront is now a part of the core call!

Beta 2 of SCCM 2012 is available since today. Brad says this is the most phenomenal release of SCCM ever!

Windows Intune

Next topic was Windows Intune. Windows Intune will allow you as a business to manage your entire desktop infrastructure, including, but not limited to malware protection, update management, remote management and inventory from the cloud, accessible from everywhere without the need for an entire antimalware infrastructure, and update infrastructure and so on. With Windows Intune you even get Software assurance for your clients to upgrade to Windows 7! During the the demo Brad announced that Windows Intune is available as of today!

All new planned System Center products of the 2012 wave are finished in the year 2011.

  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2012
  • System Center Orchestrator
  • Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012
  • System Center Service Manager 2012
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2012
  • System Center Advisor
  • System Center Project Codename “Concero”
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