It’s been more than three years since Windows 10 first launched. That’s about the same timeframe many organizations use for their full hardware refresh. If you’re on that same cadence—and with the looming Windows 7 end-of-life being January 14, 2020—hopefully you’re swapping out the final third of older Windows devices for new Windows 10 ones. If not, will you be able to do it without paying the big bucks for Microsoft’s extended support? We have the expertise to help you catch back up or migrate newer machines to Windows 10, if the hardware refresh doesn’t match your budget.

What do you predict will be the biggest IT trend in 2019 and beyond?

Making Autopilot a Reality

Speaking of hardware refreshes, Windows Autopilot is just starting to be a reality with some of the new hardware vendors. Autopilot helps you provision new devices without IT intervention. In order to use Autopilot, you need to sign up for Intune, right? WRONG! You can use other MDM vendors if they’ve tied their processes into Autopilot technology. Ivanti can do just that—provision new devices using Autopilot, then automatically install the ability to co-manage laptops and desktops, so you can get the best management available from both worlds with a single management experience. No other vendor gives you co-management with a tighter integrated experience.

Migration Is Only the Start

Ok, you’ve made it to Windows 10 and you’re just starting into your maintenance cycle, but did Windows 10 create more update problems than it solved? It’s important to have a solid method to manage Windows 10 updates and to automate your rollouts to each ring of users. If you’re worried that Windows 10 updates will increase your workload, it’s time to automate more. What would be worth the conversation—if Ivanti could improve your Windows 10 management by 2x, 3x, or 5x?

Join our upcoming webinar where IT pros will discuss their 2019 predictions.

While you think that over, check out some of other predictions for Unified Endpoint Management:

  • 2019 will be the year of panic to migrate devices to Windows 10. Approximately 100% of companies will have significant projects to complete or mostly complete this migration.
  • By 2020, modern management usage in production environments will double from 5% to 10%, but at least half of the organizations will start testing it to see how they can use it in the future.
  • By 2020, overwhelming user demand (due to consumer technology experiences) will be pushing IT into introducing multiple conversational AI / virtual assistants in the workplace. This will manifest as new self-service interfaces between users and service delivery functions. 
  • By 2028, only 10% of IT staff will work in a corporate or regional office.
  • In 2019, Windows 10 1809 becomes the version of choice to roll out; folks will upgrade pre-1809 builds so that machines are on 30-month support.
  • By 2021, the majority of business Windows desktops will not be joined to Active Directory.
  • By 2021, the first enterprise IT departments will close their on-premises data centers and will rely on IT services from the cloud.

Hope we can talk soon and good luck in the year of Windows 10. Be sure to click below to download our new white paper for even more predictions covering the whole of IT. You’ll find some interesting takes on IT to help you plan for future initiatives.

Expert predictions for 2019 and beyond