Do you want to get rid of SCCM, keep it forever, or do something in between?

I thought about calling this article “SCCM is dead! Long live SCCM!” but then I wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night.

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.

What’s next?

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?

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I am also always keen on this idea. On the one hand, Jack is totally right that people have decades of experience with SCCM. On the other hand, I was able to demonstrate that a "reasonable sized network" can go without SCCM and land only with MDM in my #mdmbook (www.MDMandGPanswers.com/book). Additionally interesting though is some things that Brad Anderson said: (1) SCCM won't walk away until the last customer doesn't need it and (2) SCCM will be the "intelligent edge" for MDM. Not 200% sure what that means exactly, but it could mean that maybe some interesting things are going to ONLY go into SCCM and not into Intune's "sidecar" installer. Moreover, and additionally important... if SCCM is tied to traditional DCs, that means on-prem AD will also be around forever, as also will Group Policy. Therefore, by deduction nothing can die: Not AD, Not GPOs, not SCCM. Which also means that people are free to make the choices they want... long term... if ever... if they want to cloud connect, jump to the cloud whole-hog.. or never go there at all. 
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I do not need SCCM as I only have Microsoft 8 and the only thing I do on this is play my games and
send emails to my friends
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