Last week Dell KACE was positioned as a "Visionary" in Gartner’s Client Management Tools Magic Quadrant. The report was renamed this year from PC Configuration Life Cycle Management due to the increasing emergence of mobile devices and Mac management within the enterprise.
Analyst Terry Cosgrove praised KACE’s appliance-based solutions for its affordability and ease deployment along with our user interface that makes OS deployments intuitive. His recognition of our fundamental design principles is noteworthy – KACE’s success has always been rooted in making the challenging simple, so that IT managers can spend less time on systems management and more time on strategic initiatives.
Cosgrove notes that Microsoft Windows 7 is giving users an opportunity to re-evaluate their PC management systems and is one factor that is driving many organizations to switch products. Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a second major driver, with between 50 and 75 percent of desktop groups receiving requests to support Apple iPads. He also estimates that between 50 and 60 percent or organizations are going to support mobile devices in the desktop group.
What does all this mean? The systems management market is experiencing an evolution of sorts. The proliferation of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend in the enterprise coupled with other industry trends such as cloud computing and big data are enabling end users to access enterprise and personal data anytime on almost any device in the home, office or on the road. Someone has to manage all of these new end-points and data, and that is more than likely the IT systems administrator.
We believe that Dell KACE’s comprehensive, cost-effective appliance-based approach to managing desktops, laptops and servers positions us well to extend our award-winning systems management solutions to additional devices. As our roadmap rolls forward, Dell KACE will provide our customers with new, innovative, and intuitive solutions to help them address new challenges created by MDM and BYOD, while leveraging existing systems management technology investments.