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PolicyPak Software 2017 Predictions: PC and Windows - Survive and Thrive (with a little help)

VMblog Predictions 2017

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Contributed by Jeremy Moskowitz, CEO and Founder of PolicyPak Software

PC and Windows: Survive and Thrive (with a little help)

PC Trends:

iPad sales will steady off, as everyone who wants one has one (consumer and enterprise). And Windows will survive, and actually thrive as the way to "get real work done", and we'll see growth of PC sales as PCs age and Windows 10 comes in to fill in old machines as replacements. Testing will also really commence for "Windows PCs in the cloud" but will ultimately falter in 2017 for a variety of reasons; some security reasons, some cost reasons, and also for management reasons. PCs will largely remain as desktops, laptops and VDI, and 2017 will not be the year of "PCs in the cloud."

Management Trends:

2017 will not be the year people walk away from traditional on-premises domain join, nor will they walk away from their "fat" systems like Group Policy, SCCM or other deep management solutions (with inventory capabilities, and so on) which organizations have come to trust over the last decade or two. For 2017, the most common experience might be for organizations to evaluate some form of Mobile Device Management (MDM) management, but ultimately conclude it's not ready a silver bullet to replace their on-premises management systems for full Windows which are domain-joined. MDM will continue to be interesting for on-the-go devices like phones and might pick up some traction for some scenarios for non-domain joined machines for workers who are tangential to the business, but not typically full-fledged employees. As such, for real Windows devices, companies will also seek augmentations to Windows management. That is, the in-box Group Policy and other management settings are a great start, but tools will fill in the gaps in areas of OS control, application, browser and profile management. On mobile devices, MAM, or Mobile Application Management, will gain traction. This enables a mobile application to be "enlightened" to prevent data leakage, and will be a more palatable management ability Developers need to get on board, and I think they will.

Virtual Systems:

The last holdouts on server based virtualization will give up and finally give in. By the end of 2017, it will be hard to find a business, large or small which isn't using some kind of server virtualization like VMware or HyperV. Virtual Desktops will pick up some steam, but not much. I think the jury is largely out on this one and the result is fairly polarizing: some organizations love VDI and see lots of value; others don't see the need or find it too expensive. Unless there's a tectonic shift, VDI isn't going to massively grow by leaps and bounds, and instead will leapfrog to PCs in the cloud, but that's not in 2017.


About the Author

Jeremy Moskowitz founded PolicyPak Software after working with hundreds of customers with the same problem: they couldn't manage their applications using the technology they already had. He also founded, a community portal for all things Group Policy. Jeremy's best-selling Group Policy books are on the desks of happy administrators everywhere

Jeremy holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Delaware, was one of the first MCSEs in the world, and has been designated an MVP in Group Policy by Microsoft for the last several years running.


Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:05 AM by David Marshall
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