System Center Universe 2015 Basel

Some impressions and my take aways from the System Center Universe 2015. My focus was on the sessions about automation and Service Manager. In addition I attended to the Power BI Sessions – and they were very exciting.

Keynote: Microsoft Technology outlook with focus on IoT and machine learning (Sascha Corti)
Sascha showed the example, that Microsoft monitors the power consumptions of the  air condition from the Microsoft campus. So they can react much faster, when the consumptions rises. This results in lower downtime and in addition they can safe about 10% of the power consumption.
The second example for IoT was a movie about the london underground – they also monitor “things”. ( see video ).
He also published his actual pulse measured by a Microsoft band on his wrist to a Website as an example for IoT.
It seems that machine learning gets standardized by Microsoft. Sascha showed an example with 30,000 datasets of an survey with standard data (income, education,  age, sex). Machine learning in azure took several minutes and the aim was to predict if the income is over or under 50k. (Link to Azure Machine Learning). And parnters can build Webservices with this learned methods and offer it to customers. Sounds interessting.
A thing that surprised me was, that Microsoft saves money by monitoring the power consumptions of the  air condition from the Microsoft campus. So they can react much faster, when the consumptions rises. This safes them about 10% of power – and money.

System Center Reporting Hero to Super Hero to Earth to Cloud in Warp Speed
Nice and easy Tool, to create analysis templates. Maybe easier than Microsoft Excel  and for an high level view. (PowerBI)

Minimizing Risk in  Modern Powershell Environments with JEA
Nowadays you are only able to make all powershell functions available – or none. So I could give powershell cmdlets to the servicedesk, but then the servicedesk can also destroy my environment. Since I do not like this – they get nothing. With WMF 5.0 (Windows Management Foundation)  JEA (just enough admin) it is possible to define, witch powershell functions are available the the users. Really nice.

Programming SCSM with c# and Visual Studio
Dieter Gasser presented three ways to use visual Studio to enhance the Microsoft Service Manager. One was to enhance the functionality provided by the  Tasks.
Dieter also mentioned, that CIs in Service Manager only make sence, when they are used by Service Requests.

itNetx Produkte
ItnetX gave a look at upcoming products – there are some really nice improvements.
1. A new Service Manager Portal design – the new Portal v3 is with a standard GUI Framework (Bootstrap)
2. Powershell Activities – this extends the Service Manager with a new activity – you can put powershell commands in it, which are executed
3. There will be an update to the Advanced View Editor (AVE). You will be able to create new  views – including calendar views.
4. Admin Tools – with more (easier) security possibilities for admins

Scoosp – starting runbooks as a service via a portal
Another Portal – but this one is for the admins not for the consumers. So there is only the information provides by Sstem Center Orchestrator. It is possible to start runbooks with the parameters. There is no possibility to provide high level business process management processes. But since there are templates for common admin tasks, that could be really useful. (Link to SCOOSP)