The most recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for PC Configuration Management Life Cycle Management Tools has recognized Microsoft Configuration Manager 2007 R3 as a Leader amongst the industries top competitors.
ConfigMgr is noticeably ahead of competitors in the Ability to Execute axis placement. In addition, Gartner quotes that “ConfigMgr appeared in Gartner client buying decisions more frequently than any other product in the market in 2010.”
PCCLM report highlights following strengths:
- ConfigMgr’s integration with App-V is tight, which Microsoft tightened further with the R3 release of ConfigMgr. Prior versions of ConfigMgr lacked on-demand (i.e., user-initiated) App-V app delivery, because all App-V changes were a function of the ConfigMgr agent poll, which takes place on a scheduled basis (often only once a day or even less frequently). Now, the App-V client can pull App-V apps from ConfigMgr distribution points on an on-demand basis.
- Microsoft is developing tight integration with products in important companion areas — for e.g., System Center Service Manager and Forefront Endpoint Protection.
- ConfigMgr is a stable product. Since its introduction in August 2007, there have been few product bugs.
Full Gartner PCCLM repot.
Also, in December 2010, Gartner released its latest “Magic Quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis (ECA).”
Microsoft was very pleased to see that in consideration of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Gartner placed Microsoft in the Leader Quadrant of its ECA MQ !
To read Gartner’s ECA Magic Quadrant report, click here.