The title says it all.
Since Microsoft Ignite and VMworld Europe, I’ve been thinking about this question constantly. It came up in my article about Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and it will again when I dig into Workspace ONE for Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Looking at the whole landscape, it seems like there are a lot of conflicting ideas, signs, and opinions about the future of SCCM.
Long live SCCM
Microsoft declared that co-management (using SCCM and Intune together on a single Windows 10 device) is a destination, and that SCCM has eternal life.
SCCM is going to have a new cloud-based management console in the form of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and SCCM is getting updates twice a year now.
SCCM is still needed for management tasks that Intune can’t do.
A lot of folks still need to keep SCCM around to manage server workloads anyway, so they might as well use it for Windows. (Credit for this one goes to the Definitely Not Official VMworld EUC Podcast with Brian and Gabe.)
Plenty of folks have decades of SCCM experience.
VMware Workspace ONE for Microsoft Endpoint Manager, announced at VMworld Europe, will bring a new way to integrate with SCCM.
SCCM is dead
Microsoft guidance is that organization should draw a line at some point, after which new Windows devices are managed from the cloud only.
More and more work happens on non-Windows devices and outside of Windows apps, but SCCM is still just focused on Windows. Managing Windows is just a small part of the diverse world of end user computing. It just makes sense to move to modern, cloud-based unified endpoint management.
SCCM is based on management concepts from the 90s.
SCCM infrastructure is very complicated. Who would want to deal with this if they didn’t have to?
SCCM 1902 essentially closed the door on using SCCM with third-party MDM. So, now there are fewer options out there.
Many of us have been assuming for years that the whole point is to get off of SCCM once Intune or other cloud-based management platforms get good enough. Co-management was supposed to be a bridge.
So again, given all of this, I ask: Do you want to get rid of it? If so, when do you think this could happen? If you want or need to keep SCCM around, what would change your mind?