Following on from Exchange Server 2010, the next version of SCCM, currently in beta, embraces the concept of Role Based Access Control (RBAC). RBAC is a more advanced model for allocating administrative permissions. Not only do you designate what the permission is (for example, the right to meter software usage) you designate where the permission applies (in the case of SCCM this might be to a particular collection of computers).
The next version of SCCM brings a significant number of advancements, including full integration with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 BranchCache technologies. BranchCache is a peer-caching technology that allows organizations running Windows 7 to more effectively use WAN bandwidth. In the case of the next version of SCCM, deployed files will be peer cached out at the branch office on the clients – meaning that you will be able to efficiently get software out to branch offices without having to go through the rigmarole of configuring a branch office deployment point.
Find out more about the next version of Config Manager at the System Center Team Blog post announcing the beta: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2010/05/24/the-next-generation-of-client-management.aspx