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We were featured last Wednesday at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, NV as part of the Windows Intune launch. For those of you who don't know about Windows Intune, it's an early release product from Microsoft designed to simplify PC management for the SMB space. PC management within the SMB is typically either handled via 3rd party tools (e.g. Kaseya, N-Able, LabTech) provided by the MSP, or a mish-mash of tools put together to accommodate requirements for endpoint security / anti-virus (e.g. Symantec), Update Management (e.g. Windows Software Update Services or WSUS), Monitoring Tools, Remote Management Tools (e.g. LogMeIn).
Since we now handle PC management for nearly 200 clients in Vancouver and Edmonton, I am pretty excited about the future of Windows Intune. While it's currently not a drop in replacement for our suite of tools (for example, scripting installation of 3rd party software is not yet a feature), but in the future as the product evolves it could possibly become our primary management console. I presented across Canada at TechDays this year and fielded a lot of questions on whether or not Windows Intune was ready for mainstream. The answer is YES - because for most of the small businesses out there there is a lack of management in place and Windows Intune can quickly plug the gap.
Microsoft was included us and one of our clients, Angel Restoration, in a Case Study on Windows Intune as well. I noticed today that ConnectWise also announced integration of Windows Intune with their professional services automation (PSA) platform which the lions share of IT service providers leverage today.