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Leading Global Enterprises Turn to SMS-Alliance for Complete Lifecycle Management Solutions

Thriving Consortium Completes Hundreds of Systems Management Server (SMS) Projects by Providing a Full Range of Innovative Solutions for Reducing Costs and Simplifying Systems Management

Microsoft Management Summit, Las Vegas, NV - Apr 19, 2005 - Within just 12 months of its official launch at the 2004 Microsoft Management Summit, the SMS-Alliance has gained strong traction among hundreds of the world’s largest enterprises and SMS users. The SMS-Alliance is a global cross-industry consortium established to help users of Microsoft’s Systems Management Server (SMS) to maximize the benefits of SMS by delivering integrated best of breed solutions that provide control and visibility into today’s most critical systems management areas.

"The SMS-Alliance is an important facilitator for promoting the adoption and proliferation of SMS and for enabling users to maximize the full value and benefits of their deployment platform," said Felicity McGourty, director in the Windows and Enterprise Management division at Microsoft. "The members have established the Alliance as a go-to source for large global enterprises seeking to meet emerging systems management needs, increase return on investment and to address the complete lifecycle of systems management challenges."

"The SMS-Alliance gives us a single point of contact for all our important systems management requirements," said Clark Ardern, director, Intel Systems, CNA Insurance. "We have implemented Microsoft SMS 2003 for our Windows software distribution, application metering and real-time hardware and software inventory needs, and are evaluating the SMS-Alliance products to extend our capabilities to manage UNIX and Blackberry devices. The value of the SMS-Alliance is not only offering best of breed solutions, but a truly integrated approach to helping enterprises manage their disparate systems."

The SMS-Alliance is exhibiting at this week’s Microsoft Management Summit, held April 18-22 in Las Vegas. Alliance members include 1E, iAnywhere, Intrinsic Technologies, Macrovision, PS’SOFT and Vintela.

As large enterprises continue to seek consolidated solutions to address a broad range of management issues, the SMS-Alliance provides SMS users with best of breed solutions that integrate seamlessly with the SMS 2003 platform. Since its launch, Alliance members have completed hundreds of SMS projects with many of the world’s largest organizations, including CNA Insurance, the National Institutes of Health and the United States Postal Service, among many others.

SMS customers have turned to the Alliance to extend and enhance the capabilities and benefits of their SMS implementations, including UNIX, Linux and Mac platform management, management for customer-facing and mobile platforms, asset management and usage monitoring, automated application packaging and preparation prior to deployment, patch management, and automated migration and software distribution solutions for complex branch environments.
Key 2004-2005 Accomplishments of the SMS-Alliance: 

  • Completed hundreds of SMS 2003 projects involving Alliance members;
  • Delivered a broad range of innovative solutions to address unique business requirements of leading organizations using SMS 2003;
  • Expanded European presence, winning new European SMS 2003 Alliance customers;
  • Played a significant role in accelerating the growth and adoption of SMS 2003; and
  • Established a single contract and support solution for clients interested in some or all of the Alliance member products and services.


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