Until around 1997, enterprises, when they received a new PC, would have to install everything into the desktopsuch as the, applications and operating systemusing CDs and scripts, a process that could take hours for each PC, said Steve Kleynhans, an analyst with Meta Group Inc., in Toronto. However, IT administrators figured out that they could install all that onto one machine, and then clone it onto other desktops. Top computer makers have been offering imaging for several years, but Kleynhans said having Intel offer its own programs as the key component maker will make the OEMs job easier by ensuring that the key components also have a stable imaging plan.In fact, Intels initiative is being supported by top computer makers. For example, IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., offers its Workhorse Model Program, which ensures image consistency of a one-year period, said Rob Herman, program director of product marketing for IBMs worldwide desktop platforms. Big Blue also offers other imaging programs and a systems migration assistance plan. "In the past, we were always concerned whether Intel would be tweaking a driver or a BIOS [setting] with its chip set," Herman said. But having Intel offer its program brings more discipline to IBMs stable imaging programs. Similarly, Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif., features its Corporate Stable Product offering and similar capabilitiesincluding a change notification programin its d500 PC series. "Our goal is not to change anything," said Rich Dodds, product manager of the d500 series in HPs Business PC Group. "We want to keep the drivers stable, keep the BIOS stable, dont add new hardware components. If [Intel is] on board, it makes it easier on us."
"Being able to have stable images and have the same image management program can save 15 percent," he said.