This confirms what was told to the audience at the recent MMS 2009 and Tech Ed North America 2009 conferences the last few months. It was similarly posted to the SCMDM Forum as an answer to a question about the future of the product.
I don’t think it will come as a big surprise and having a strong combined System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) product should only be a good thing. Especially if you are a Microsoft shop that already is using SCCM.
It will be very interesting to see what features the SCCM team will unveil at the upcoming Tech Ed Europe 2009 in November 2009 on their vNext product that will be released in CY2010.