BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) (http://www.enterprisemanagement.com), a leading IT management research and consulting firm, today announced its selection of the first-ever EMA(TM) All-Stars(TM) in Enterprise Systems Management. Based on extensive research and analysis by a team of EMA analysts, the top solutions in each of 18 enterprise systems management disciplines -- including change management, systems configuration management, open source systems management, data center automation and virtualization -- are profiled in the firm's latest research report, "The EMA All-Stars in Enterprise Systems Management for 2008."
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ — Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) (http://www.enterprisemanagement.com), a leading IT management research and consulting firm, today announced its selection of the first-ever EMA(TM) All-Stars(TM) in Enterprise Systems Management. Based on extensive research and analysis by a team of EMA analysts, the top solutions in each of 18 enterprise systems management disciplines — including change management, systems configuration management, open source systems management, data center automation and virtualization — are profiled in the firm's latest research report, "The EMA All-Stars in Enterprise Systems Management for 2008."
The new report uses the popular sports metaphor of an all-star team to highlight what EMA considers to be the best enterprise systems management solutions available today. Three categories of solutions were identified in each of 18 disciplines: All-Star First Team (a special honor for the 'best of the best'), All-Stars (the best performers in systems management) and Rising Stars (the best new or innovative vendors with the potential to be on a future All-Star Team).
"The EMA All-Stars Team showcases our choice for the very best players in the enterprise systems management arena," explained Andi Mann, research director at EMA. "As with the announcement of all-star teams in sports, our choices will surely inspire debate over those included and excluded. However, the report provides detailed explanations and is based on a number of objective criteria, so it will at the very least provide strong, independent guidance for enterprises and vendors alike based on several useful measures."
Each solution earned its selection for the EMA All-Stars Team based on a mix of objective and subjective criteria, including:
— Strength of Offering – depth and breadth of product functionality was a key factor. Solutions with limited functionality or applicability in narrow niches were not considered for the list. Significant factors in this category included diversity of platform and technology support, as well as integration with third-party systems. — Innovation – the number of new releases in 2007 was a major, objective indicator of innovation. New product functionality also was considered important. While limited innovation was not a complete barrier in determining the best vendors — particularly in mature disciplines — vision and a demonstrated commitment to product development were highly weighted. — Customer Feedback – analyst interactions with enterprises (including surveys, focal interviews, case studies and input from EMA Enterprise IT Consulting clients) provided many objective measures including market penetration and customer satisfaction. Also, specific feedback from companies using a vendor's technology played a significant part in the evaluation. — The EMA Perspective – a consensus of opinion about each solution among EMA analysts also played a key role in the selection of team members. The EMA analysts' evaluation was based on many years of enterprise, vendor and analyst experience in systems management coupled with access to a wealth of data in the EMA research library and the EMA IT Management Solutions Center (itsolutions.emausa.com).
The complete list of enterprise systems management disciplines discussed in the report includes:
— Operating Systems — Provisioning — Client Lifecycle Management — Event Management/Console Consolidation — Server Virtualization — Operating System Virtualization — Application Virtualization — Desktop (Presentation) Virtualization — Virtual System Management — Database Automation and Optimization — Job Scheduling/Workload Automation — IT Process Automation — Wireless Mobile Device Management — Patch Distribution — System Configuration Management — Change Management — Open Source Systems Management — ESM Suites
Enterprise Management Associates' Mann will share highlights from this new research study during a free Webinar entitled "The EMA All-Stars in Enterprise Systems Management for 2008" to be held on Feb. 12, 2008 at 2 p.m. EST. To sign-up for the Webinar, visit: http://www.emausa.com/ema_lead.php?ls=smwebpr0208&bs=smweb0208.
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About Enterprise Management Associates
Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst and consulting firm dedicated to the IT management market. The firm provides IT vendors and enterprise IT professionals with objective insight into the real-world business value of long-established and emerging technologies, ranging from security, storage and IT Service Management (ITSM) to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB), virtualization and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Even with its rapid growth, EMA has never lost sight of the client, and continues to offer personalized support and convenient access to its analysts. For more information on the firm's extensive library of IT management research, free online IT Management Solutions Center and IT consulting offerings, visit http://www.enterprisemanagement.com.
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