The idea for this blog started one rainy Saturday afternoon when my 5-year-old daughter hopped on the computer and pulled up her favorite online game. It was amazing how quickly she’s learned to use a computer. And, for the most part, she learned how to use it on her own. There was plenty of trial and error and there was a lot of “Dad, I know how do this!” (if only I knew how to better convey tone in a blog posting). But throughout she was unfazed by the unknown and kept trying until she got what she wanted. Now if only there is a way to impart this knowledge to other members of family it might save me a lot of time as the family’s tech support guy…
As much as I was impressed with a 5-year-old’s undaunted pursuit of fun, this event magnified to me how our world is changing. Today in customer environments we’re seeing great change in the behaviors and the expectations of end users. End users are now demanding the same level of functionality that they have at home for their favorite applications and hardware. This is sometimes called the consumerization of IT or attributed to the Gen Y-ers. Regardless of the label or demographic, it is the end user’s move towards being more of an adventurist and, as a result, their desire for functionality outside the purview of typical IT support. This new modus operandi presents a challenge to IT managers responsible for protecting resources and keeping end users productive.
With System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and System Center Endpoint Protection 2012, we wanted to help our customers with these changes. Our focus was around “operationalizing security management,” which in a nutshell means allowing you to put the right people on the right tasks, and providing these tasks in the right way. For example:
The following are a few of the features that come with Configuration Manager 2012 and Endpoint Protection 2012 that help you to operationalize security management:
Those are a few of the changes that we’re making. I hope you get a chance soon to check out Configuration Manager 2012 and Endpoint Protection 2012.
Lead Program Manager
System Center Configuration Manager
System Center Configuration Manager 2012 to me is a remarkable product. I am a Information Systems student and read your article today. is it as easy to use as the article makes it appear to be?
We have put a lot of effort into streamlining endpoint protection as well as other features within ConfigMgr, so yes we do believe that it is easier to use. However since I don’t know the scenario you’re looking to solve I can’t get more specific. I’d encourage you to download an evaluation copy and check it out for yourself (technet.microsoft.com/.../hh667640.aspx).
Thanks, Mark Florida