Microsoft continues to push customers to Azure, and is reducing their investment in on-premises perpetual software; but organizations accustomed to System Center for data center management will have to adopt several services to duplicate functionality in Azure.

Although System Center is still being updated and supported, Microsoft is prioritizing investments in Azure-hosted management services.

Azure Automation can be used to manage and configure servers and services in Azure and on-premises

Azure Automation support for Python 2 is now generally available

The ITSM Connector for Azure is now generally available and allows Azure monitoring tools to integrate with an organization's existing IT service management tools

Roadmap for Azure Automation.