What I Like About Microsoft System Center 2012
At IT consulting firm SWC Technology Partners, we spend most of our time working with Chicago area middle-market companies. Typically this means environments with hundreds or thousands of users. The changes in technology for organizations this size are profound. The Internet, the Cloud, virtualization, mobile devices have created endless possibilities in how these companies go to market or run their operations. The flip side to this, of course, is that these developments have created tremendous challenges for today’s technology manager. There are more moving parts and a lot more threats.
Microsoft System Center has evolved into the network management platform for today’s middle-market organization. With the release of System Center 2012 our clients have the capability to monitor and manage their fast paced environments proactively and efficiently.
I have been most impressed with the shift that Microsoft has made when considering the realities of today’s network manager. In the past the focus of network management was found in the desktop. As an example, if there was software to be deployed it was pushed out to an employee’s single desktop or notebook. And for a long time this has made a lot of sense – not anymore. Today users expect to access their business applications from their devices, their phones – from anywhere.
In 2012 System Center’s Configuration Manager or SCCM is designed in a user centric model – allowing today’s network manager to deploy software to user profiles and then allow those users to access those applications, securely from any device at any time.
This is the tip of the iceberg. In addition to the significant enhancements in management, System Center 2012 has also made tremendous strides in monitoring, backup, desktop security and perhaps most critical now supports multiple virtualization platforms such as VMWare and Citrix.
The formula for success in business can be pretty complicated. The power to manage, the power of System Center gives our clients the ability to focus on their own business and not the noise that surrounds it.