Is Altiris / Symantec Management Platform being phased out?
I'll try hard to not let this turn into a rant, but I'm lost for a way to bring attention this matter.
I have invested the last 7 years in Altiris training and developing myself into an expert, I have undertaken a number of engagements to design, configure and build Altiris technology for a number of clients, I have performed end to end installations of versions 6, 7 & 7.1 I have also earned my Symantec certification in the Altiris Client Management Suite.
And now find myself in a position where I have to ask myself did I invest in the wrong technology?
Of all the clients I have delivered Altiris for, and provided training, doco and handover.. Only 1 still remains today with the Altiris technology. The others have decided to replace the solution with the Microsoft SCCM solution.
I queried this with our account manager, and he told me that not even he will promote the solution to clients anymore as it does to much harm to the client relationship, I ask him what he meant by this... and he replied.. it’s too hard for people to use and finding enough people with the skills to manage the suite is virtually impossible.
So I ask the Symantec Connect community... is Altiris / SMP being phased out? Why aren't Symantec doing more to get the suite installed in more sites? Can I do anything about this?
Have I just wasted the last 7 years investing in a technology that now, not even the vendor will promote?
Maybe this post will get the attention of someone who can find a way forward.
I finish my current contract on the 30th June this year, and I can't find anyone who is still using Altiris/SMP
Is this a common theme in the rest of the world?
Is this the last days of Altiris?