Executive Summary

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

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Large organizations that depend on laptops and PDAs will find this latest version of Afaria—particularly its BlackBerry pager support—more suited to their needs than were previous versions of the product.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Organizations deploying Afaria for the first time will get a productivity boost from speedier laptop and PDA application deployment.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Afaria paves the way for organizations to transform PDA deployments from unplanned, "stealth" implementations to planned rollouts.

Supports a wide range of mobile devices; integrates user authentication.

Get used to jumping between management interfaces; Installer Tuner is only partially integrated.

Afaria Inc. (an XcelleNet affiliate), Alpharetta, Ga.; (888) 322-3132; www.xcellenet.com

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 csturdevant@eweek.com.

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