sponsored by CA Technologies.
Posted:  04 Mar 2008
Published:  01 Mar 2008
Format:  PDF
Length:  3  Page(s)
Type:  White Paper
Language:  English
ABSTRACT:
Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading analyst and consulting firm dedicated to the IT management market, reports on what it considers to be the best available software solutions in 18 specific enterprise systems management areas, in order to form a 'Systems Management All-Star' team. Learn who EMA selected as the "best of the best".

In this EMA™ Research Report, Enterprise Management Associates highlights what it considers to be the best available software solutions in 18 specific enterprise systems management disciplines, in order to form a 'Systems Management All-Star' team. Three categories of solutions were identified in each discipline: 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).

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

The EMA All-Stars Team showcases our choice for the very best players in the enterprise systems management arena. The report profiles the top solutions on several useful measures to provide strong, independent guidance for enterprises and vendors alike.





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