A few of my Novell friends are out in San Diego this week representing Novell at the Microsoft Management Summit 2007, great to have Novell represented at such an event. As Jeff Jaffe mentioned in the Monday keynote at BrainShare “With ZENworks Configuration Management, our aspiration is to be the best manager for Vista desktops”, we just need the world to know.
With ZENworks Configuration Management it's going to be a lot more easy to attract non-Novell customers to consider using ZENworks as their management solution for Vista, the fact that we can hook up with Active Directory directly without doing any schema extensions in AD makes user based application management in an AD environment a piece of cake.
The amount of customers planning a full roll-out of Vista within the next few months seems to be limited, however several customers and partners are evaluating Vista as a potential platform for the future. Together with their evaluation of Vista, customers and partners will also be looking at the management products available and will try to determine what is the right tool to manage Vista, so the right time to get in to new customers with ZENworks (but yes, that's the same our competition will think ;-) ).
It's going to be an interesting year for ZENworks....