Josh Condie – Adding to Woody’s great comments about the value proposition of Windows Intune. I was preparing for a presentation on Intune recently and came across a whitepaper that IDC recently wrote about the value of Windows 7 for SMBs: The Benefit of Using Windows 7 in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses. You can get a copy here:
In this document you will find a very thorough and conservative analysis of the hard and soft dollar savings for a small business (approx 85 employees) from Windows 7 standardization. The results are significant, from both a per PC and a per IT employee perspective. In fact, Service Desk labor drops by 65%/PC/year, and PC/OS support costs decline by 55%/PC/year. These figures are valuable selling points when discussing an upgrade with your customers, and especially pertinent as we approach the release of Windows 8. Which brings me back to the great value in the subscription for Windows Intune. With the $11/device/month subscription cost of Windows Intune, not only do you get a great, cloud-based PC management solution, but you also get the following:
- Rights to Windows 7 Enterprise Edition Upgrade – to bring those XP customers to a common, modern desktop OS (assuming they have a qualifying, Business version of XP or higher)
- Software Assurance on that OS – which gives that device the rights to upgrade to Windows 8 when it releases.
This is of significant value, even if you defer the use of the Intune solution itself. Yet I would highly recommend you become familiar with Intune’s quickly evolving capabilities. It is cloud-based and driving towards intentional feature parity with our enterprise management solution, System Center Configuration Manager. Here’s a nice learning opportunity to look at all the facets of the Windows Intune value proposition listed above, in much more detail:
TechNet Webcast: Windows Intune and Modernizing Your Desktop Strategy
Starts: Monday, March 19, 2012 10:00 AM
Time zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Duration: 1 hour(s)
Product(s): Windows Intune.
Audience(s): IT Decision Maker and IT Generalist.
Are you still running on Windows XP? Are you looking for guidance about how to embrace the cloud, getting the most out of virtualization, and better understanding the consumerization of IT (CoIT)? Are you spending more time on managing your management environment than you would like to? Join our webcast to hear us discuss the capabilities that address the most scenarios for creating or tweaking your desktop strategy to truly create a flexible work style for your organization.
Corbett Hoxland, Technology Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation