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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

EPM User Group Sep 2015

I attended the Symantec Endpoint Management User Group yesterday organised by Paul Butler and Richard Coombes. In a great new location beside The Globe Theatre, London, a gathering of about 50 customers and partners learnt from Phil Ritti, VP Endpoint Management “With the split of Symantec and Veritas we now have focus – Security, Symantec EPM is critical to effective Cybersecurity.

Most exciting to me with a commercial view and as an EPM delivery partner was the news that there will be dedicated EPM sales people, sales enablement resources and EPM Marketing program and Partner Program.

Technically on the roadmap top 5 changes include:

              1)      Beginning of integration with new cloud platform for securing and managing modern devices, Symantec unified endpoint protection.

2)    Introduction of multiple new license models for software license compliance tracking

3)    Certification of the product to federal information processing standard - FIPS

4)    Enhancements to console usability, report creating, agent health tracking and software deployment.

5)    GSS ability to deploy and capture to certain partitions and drives, introduction of automation folder concepts.

Dan Grice, ex Protirus now Symantec, delivered a technical piece on tracking agent health techniques followed by Mark Potts, BskyB who time warped us back through the history of Altiris at Sky and how its reputation has gone from not trusted to dependent upon and how the number of end users has increased dramatically. Thanks Mark for name checking Protirus Work Station Management, get in touch if you would like more info.

Onto the business end of the day, networking, reconnecting, getting our name out there,  as always great to catch up and hope to see you all and perhaps some new faces at next year’s event.

Jonathan Mahews

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