Mobile Automation 2000

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-09-24 Print this article Print

Mobile Automation 2000

Mobile Automation 2000 is a neatly packaged, surprisingly easy-to-manage tool. We were able to get accurate inventory results within minutes of installing the product. Although the interface got tricky to handle when we included more than 30 systems, we were able to set up groups that made management chores a little easier to handle.

Mobile Automation 2000 isnt as easy to integrate with SMS as Afaria 4.51 is, and we futzed around for several hours to get basic integration between the two products. With the growing number of mobile devices in the work force, its clear that a consolidation between desktop and mobile management is only a question of time, although it remains to be seen which company will be the one to do it first.

Mobile Automation 2000 made quick work of backing up and maintaining laptops and PDAs. During tests, it often took just a few moments for the product to download the application updates and data files that we scheduled for distribution.

The product created a Web page from which we were able to deploy client agents. It was simple to click on the link to install the correct agent. Unfortunately, the product doesnt have a Web-based management interface.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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