As organizations move to modern management to be more agile in the way they manage multiple types of devices and cloud based services, the legacy management models associated with traditional PC management can lead to multiple consoles for managing different types of devices and services. At Microsoft Ignite this year, a hybrid approach called “Co-management” was announced. to bring organizations closer to modern management while still maintaining traditional management methods. In the past it has been difficult to use more than one management platform for the same device. Windows 10 1709 opens the doo this co-management by allowing devices to be managed simultaneously with SCCM 1710 and with Intune. What are the benefits of co-management? Here’s a few that come to mind.
- Manage devices where they live. Use SCCM to manage devices that are primarily on premise and use Intune to manage the same device when it is roaming.
- Transition workloads to Intune as you are ready
- Add modern management functionality to traditionally managed devices. Consider device compliance policies, resource access policies, Conditional access, selective wipe, factory reset etc.
- Single pane of glass for consolidated views of all devices such as mobile phones, tablets, Macs, PCs.
- Transition Windows 10 devices to Intune while managing legacy (Windows 7) devices with SCCM until they are upgraded or lifecycled.
- Self-provisioning of devices by end users
- Simplified BYOD scenarios
- Enhanced mobile workforce management
So, is this the best of both worlds? Nto really. Microsoft views this as a transitional step on the journey to modern management. Nonetheless I’m excited about the new opportunities for organizations to deliver a better user experience.