The Adaptiva Endpoint Health product is trusted by leading organizations throughout the world to improve IT efficiency by automatically checking a device’s health, diagnosing any problems, and fixing issues in seconds. It delivers IT professionals the automation necessary to keep up with the pace of troubleshooting and resolving issues on thousands of devices in hundreds of locations.
Endpoint Health is used by a variety of Fortune 500 companies around the globe. One international banking customer currently uses Endpoint Health to run over 8 million health checks each day to maintain the health and security of more than 250,000 endpoints worldwide. This case study examines how a large Fortune 500 retailer used Endpoint Health to identify thousands of security and endpoint health vulnerabilities and fix them instantly, saving over $1,000,000 for the organization.
A Fortune 500 retailer was struggling to maintain the health and security of over 100,000 endpoints they were managing with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr). The Windows systems were distributed at locations throughout the world, some with very poor and low-speed connectivity to the corporate WAN. Though the company was facing many problems keeping these clients healthy and secure, a few pressing needs stood out.
First, they had no easy way to identify which systems were misconfigured, partially failing, or completely failing—jeopardizing security, compliance, and productivity. They could not say what percent were operational, compliant, or secure.
Second, when problems with endpoints were identified, administrators had to diagnose and remediate them manually or use a hodgepodge of one-off scripts. This meant they were not able to address all of the problems found, only a prioritized subset. It also drained resources by taking up significant IT staff time and expertise.
Third, when content distribution was required to repair systems, deployment was slow. This includes, for example, Windows patches or updates to third party security solutions. The company was limited by ConfigMgr’s manual processes and delays when delivering to so many machines at disparate locations. This was troubling because in the case of a security vulnerability, the power to apply custom and third-party fixes rapidly is critical to preventing infestations.
The company also had limited knowledge of the overall state of endpoint health. Their most immediate need was to make sure all endpoints were operational and communicating effectively, and that the global ConfigMgr hierarchy itself was functioning efficiently end-to-end.
After a thorough evaluation of the solutions available in marketplace, the retailer decided to deploy Adaptiva Endpoint HealthTM on roughly 10% of their production systems. The company had eliminated nearly all ConfigMgr server infrastructure and radically accelerated software deployment speeds by using Adaptiva OneSite. They were familiar with Adaptiva’s industry-leading engineering, advanced automation, and demonstrable return on investment.
Significant factors favoring Adaptiva Endpoint Health over competing products included its ability to automatically and rapidly:
Client Health comes prepackaged with 75 automated checks that identify and automatically fix issues across 16 endpoint management categories including:
Endpoint Health also includes the industry’s most powerful drag-and- drop WorkFlow Designer which the retailer could use to create custom health checks in seconds without writing code. Its self-managing capabilities dramatically reduce the time and effort it takes enterprises to gain visibility and control over endpoint health and security.
Workflow Designer includes over 160 activities as well as the ability to incorporate PowerShell into workflows. When a health check fix involves distribution of content such as a Windows patch or third- party security software update, workflows can leverage the full power of ConfigMgr with Adaptiva OneSite. This allows custom health checks to instantly deploy urgent remediations to hundreds of thousands of endpoints when needed.
The retailer ran Endpoint Health on just over 11,000 live production computers. Because they were already using OneSite, no installation was needed—just a license key to unlock it. The initial suite of workflows encompassed:
For this they used 27 pre-built health checks that were delivered with Adaptiva Endpoint Health, and created three custom ones to meet their own specific needs. When they ran the suite of 30 checks/ remediations in production, the results stunned everyone involved in the project.
The most dramatic impact was that 89% of the health checks that failed were automatically remediated successfully using Endpoint Health. This means that of the 12,237 health checks that failed, 10,913 were automatically resolved without the need for manual intervention. For all resolved issues, the health check was rerun, and the resulting success status verified and recorded.
The company was surprised to discover that some of the systems with health checks that were not remediated automatically were running Windows XP, a full 3.7% of their machines.
All these client results were easy to see in a real-time reporting dashboard. In addition to big-picture reporting, it provides drill-down capability into each specific health check to see:
The system health checks also provided unexpected insight on a broader level. With Adaptiva Endpoint Health, the systemic health checks factor in round-trip operational functionality: inventory, delivery, policy, etc., are verified operationally through tiny test cases deployed and validated. For example, this daily global system audit identified a problem with a ConfigMgr Management Point (MP). By resolving it, the company was able to dramatically improve the speed of operations system-wide.
From minor endpoint problems, to global systems management architecture, this initial production implementation provided stellar results
Using an extremely conservative model, Endpoint Health proved immediate savings of over $1,000,000 for this retailer.
The savings were calculated by extrapolating the results from the implementation on 11,094 devices to the retailer’s full environment of 329,000 systems. Applying the 55% system failure rate (systems that had one or more failure), leaves 180,950 systems in production that would require remediation. After factoring in the 89% percent success rate in automatically remediating problems, the numbers show:
Estimating 15 minutes of time to identify and remediate issues on each system, and a conservative IT engineering staff rate of $25/hr, the immediate savings are as follows:
|Immediate Savings with Endpoint Health|
|Count of Companywide Endpoint Systems||329,000|
|Percent of Systems Requiring Remediation||55%|
|Count of Systems Requiring Remediation||180,950|
|Success Rate of Client Health Remediations||89%|
|Count of Systems Client Health Can Remediate||161,046|
|IT Engineer Time to Repair Single System||15 minutes|
|Hourly IT Engineer Labor Rate||$25.00/hour|
|Total Instant Cost savings by Using Client Health||$1,006,538|
The retailer would see an immediate return on investment even at these conservative estimates. In a full implementation running across all health check categories, the savings are likely several times that, when factoring in that the retailer:
Using Endpoint Health in a limited production implementation, the company resolved thousands of endpoint health and security problems in a very short time, automatically. They gained valuable insight not only into the health of the endpoints, but also into the content distribution system supporting them. Nearly nine out of 10 problems found were fixed automatically.
Running the same checks they did in the initial implementation across all their Windows endpoints, the company estimates savings of over $1,000,000—and likely several times that. The company is now in the planning process for creating and deploying a much larger suite of checks and remediations. This will include corporate regulatory compliance policy, security hygiene and best practices, and much more. Endpoint Health exceeded all expectations, and it did so in a very short time frame.
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