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Flexera Software

April 19, 2010 11:16 ET

Flexera Software Demonstrates Comprehensive Windows 7 Application Readiness Solution at Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2010

Full Lifecycle Solution Automates and Standardizes Application Migration and Continuous Application Readiness Projects; Partners With Industry Leader ChangeBASE for Automated Application Compatibility Testing

SCHAUMBURG, IL--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) -  Flexera Software™, the leading provider of strategic solutions for Application Usage Management to application producers and their customers, today announced it will be demonstrating its comprehensive Windows 7™ application readiness solution at Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2010 in Las Vegas from April 19-23. The solution is unique in its ability to manage the entire Windows 7 application compatibility testing and automated remediation process, driving substantial savings while facilitating error-free application deployments.

The computing environment in most enterprises is in a state of constant change. New applications and application updates need to be rolled out on a regular basis while large scale platform migrations -- such as a move to Windows 7 and/or application virtualization -- represent significant projects. IT organizations need to be able to implement best practice processes and technology to ensure consistency, optimize operations and reduce risk in application preparation and deployment.

Flexera Software's Windows 7 application readiness solution is the only solution on the market that automates and manages the entire process, including the following steps:

  • Identify - identify deployed and used applications and desktop hardware across the enterprise
  • Rationalize - eliminate duplicate and unused applications to reduce the overall cost of the migration
  • Assess compatibility - know which applications will install and run on the target platform (e.g., Windows 7, Microsoft® App-V™)
  • Plan - scope, resource and plan migration projects in line with business objectives
  • Fix and package - fix compatibility issues and convert applications to required deployment format
  • Deploy - prepare and pass packaged applications to deployment solution

"Flexera Software AdminStudio has long been the de facto standard in application packaging, allowing IT to quickly prepare reliable virtual and MSI packages for error-free deployments," said Randy Littleson, senior vice president of marketing at Flexera Software. "Today companies are rapidly migrating to Windows 7 and application virtualization, driving a critical need to automate the entire process across hundreds or thousands of applications. We are the only vendor to deliver a full lifecycle application readiness solution to meet these business needs."

Best-in-Class Capabilities

Flexera Software's solution works seamlessly with some of the most widely used, best-in-class solutions to create an automated, complete process.

Application and hardware deployment and usage data from Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) can be imported at the identify step to automate the inventory process. The solution also utilizes an application recognition library to determine an application's producer, title and version. The project team has a complete picture of all applications used in the organization and desktop hardware readiness to support Windows 7 -- essential elements to planning any migration project. At the end of the process, packaged applications can be seamlessly handed off to SCCM for enterprise deployment. 

In addition, through a new reseller agreement with ChangeBASE, Flexera Software has incorporated ChangeBASE AOK to automate the process of assessing application compatibility across hundreds or thousands of applications. Robust Windows 7 and 64-bit tests can quickly identify the applications that are compatible with Windows 7, but more importantly provide the information to expedite the resolution of those that are not compatible. Matching that information with application deployment and usage information from the identify phase brings one of a kind insight for the Windows 7 project team. 

As issues are identified, Flexera Software AdminStudio® automates application preparation to ensure applications can be deployed successfully. AdminStudio easily supports new technology platforms such as Windows 7 and App-V in an application readiness process, including the planning, testing and conversion of application formats.

"ChangeBASE AOK is the global leader in automated application compatibility testing and we are delighted to be partnering with Flexera Software," said Colin Gray, global sales director at ChangeBASE. "Flexera Software's leadership and depth of expertise in Application Readiness makes them an ideal global partner for us. The ability to ensure application compatibility is crucial for any organization migrating to a new operating system, irrespective of size. Together, AOK and AdminStudio can save businesses up to thousands of man days and potentially millions of dollars over manual approaches. This is the complete solution the market has been asking for."

You can visit Flexera Software and see a demonstration at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2010 in booth 232.

About Flexera Software
Flexera Software is the leading provider of strategic solutions for Application Usage Management; solutions delivering continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximized value to application producers and their customers. Flexera Software is trusted by more than 80,000 customers that depend on our comprehensive solutions -- from installation and licensing, entitlement and compliance management to application readiness and enterprise license optimization -- to strategically manage application usage and achieve breakthrough results realized only through the systems-level approach we provide. For more information, please go to: http://www.flexerasoftware.com/

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