We've also had the folks at 1E come out in the past, more specifically Troy Martin, and present their Tachyon product, which helps provide a better real-time assessment of your environment, and how to re-mediate issues as they happen.
But since March, you've heard little from our group. System Management hasn't fallen off the truck and onto the side of the road - it's still there. But the group and regular communications have been, shall we say, extremely silent.
What exactly has happened? Well, in one sentence...... Life got in the way.
From my standpoint, I got tied up in a lot of personal and career related activities that has, I'm sorry to say, taken time away from my duties as that guy that runs this group. I could list everything out on this blog post and ask for sympathy, but I've always thought to myself that no matter how bad it's been for me, there's always someone else out there that is having a worse time in life.
That being said, I've been attempting to figure out where to go from here. Scott Standell has had to excuse himself as co-president, leaving full duties of running this group to me. It's hopefully not going to be a problem for me in the future, as things have calmed down for me personally and professionally, and I've got more cycles to devote this this group. As I've continued to figure out ways to restart the group and provide content for future sessions, I've come to the realization that taking this group to more of an online group might be the way to go.
There's some advantages to this:
- Allows our community to provide insight no matter where they are.
- A more up-to-date distribution of new products and features from some of the vendors.
- I plan on developing some new opportunities, such as webcasts and coding repositories.
We still hope to have some face-to-face opportunities in the future, as well, as the lack of this might be the biggest dis-advantage that I can see. But I'm hoping we can still get together at Microsoft and/or other locations throughout the Atlanta area..... traffic-permitting.
Also, we will still be focused on system management, which means while SCCM/WSUS/MDT aren't going away as they still, at this time, play an integral part of the enterprise lifecycle, I plan on presenting and highlighting more on Azure/Intune/AirWatch/DSC/PowerShell than we did before.
Looking forward to the future.