SOURCE: Cendura Corporation

April 12, 2005 14:01 ET

Cendura Launches Program for System Integrators

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2005 -- Cendura, a leader in automated application configuration lifecycle management solutions for enterprises, (www.cendura.com), today announced the launch of its Premier Partner Program, which is designed to support system integrators who wish to integrate and resell Cendura's market-leading configuration management enterprise software, called Cohesion. Six partners have already joined the program, including Attevo, H&W Computer Systems, Inc, Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS), and Sierra Atlantic.

Cendura's Premier Partner program provides system integrators with technology resources and access to marketing materials, partner events, training, technical support, and consulting services.

"With the sales traction we have gained in the last two quarters and the interest by the system integrator community, it was the right time to launch our program," commented Gary Angel, VP of Channels, Cendura. "Our rapidly growing channel program will allow us to penetrate new markets quickly and further increase adoption of Cohesion."

Fortune 500 organizations are increasingly using automated change and configuration management solutions to address IT service level requirements, compliance adherence, and data center automation initiatives. Drivers of this trend include:

--  Today's complex applications have literally thousands of
    configurations to manage, and studies show that 80% of availability,
    performance and security issues are configuration related. Unless IT
    organizations can view configurations at the parameter level, they cannot
    effectively manage applications.
    
--  Sarbanes Oxley regulations demand that IT organizations institute
    controls regarding security, performance, and availability for critical
    applications. Control at the configuration level is crucial to meet these
    needs.
    
--  Frameworks such as ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) are gaining in
    popularity. Cohesion addresses key components including release management,
    incident and problem resolution, availability and continuity planning, and
    financial management in accordance with the ITIL framework.
    
--  There is an ongoing demand to control application management costs.
    Configuration management tools are widely recognized to reduce costs due to
    automation and more efficient use of staff resources.
    
"A key driver of the increased adoption of change and configuration management can be found in the quest for more automation of IT operations," noted Jean-Pierre Garbani, Director, Research Analyst, in the report Change and Configuration Management, Forrester Research, November, 2004. "With more than 40% of the total IT budget of a $1-billion plus company going to human labor and IT operations accounting for 80% to 90% of the budget, automating repetitive tasks will result in substantial cost savings."

Mr. Marc Hebert, Executive Vice-President from Sierra Atlantic, which helps customers optimize their investments in enterprise business applications from leading vendors such as Agile, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and Siebel, commented, "We are excited to partner with Cendura, whose Cohesion Suite offers a market-leading application configuration lifecycle management solution. Cohesion has the deepest configuration data capture and visibility, a robust CMDB including best practices, and advanced functionality that will allow clients to implement the IT controls needed to ensure optimal application performance, availability and stability. We look forward to introducing it to clients."

Using Cohesion, Systems Integrators can provide clients with a technology solution that addresses the following initiatives:

--  Improved security, performance and availability of mission-critical
    applications
--  ITIL process improvements
--  Governmental compliance requirements (SOX)
--  Automated configuration best practices and standards
--  More accurate software deployments
--  Enhanced delivery, consistency and predictability of IT support
    delivery
--  Substantially reduced IT costs by eliminating inefficiencies and
    improving staff productivity
    
Cohesion can also be used to augment existing asset management tools such as those from Tivoli and Computer Associates.

To find out more about becoming a Cendura partner, call (866) 263-3911 or email sales@cendura.com.

ABOUT COHESION

Cohesion offers the broadest support of enterprise applications in the market with over 150 customizable Blueprints for configuration management covering 90% of the business application infrastructure as well as all relevant platforms, and delivering immediate value by automatically creating a configuration management database. With agent-based and agent-less application discovery, Cendura provides the most complete configuration data discovery on the market, offering a comprehensive view of the entire application infrastructure and detailed inventory of servers, software, versions, patches, applications hosted, configuration state and relationships. Advanced functionality includes a Change Detection Engine, Intelligent Rules Engine, and an Active Change Engine, which provide unmatched control of configurations and unique and intelligent methods to optimize the application configuration state.

ABOUT CENDURA

Cendura automates the process of business services configuration management. The most comprehensive and heterogeneous platform available to business for discovering, tracking and visualizing applications and dependencies, the Cohesion Suite is the foundation to simplify change management, correct application configuration drift, ensure audit and compliance, enable migration and consolidation planning, accelerate proactive forensics, intelligently configure services for dynamic IT environments, align business services, and improve business continuity. Cendura customers are members of the Fortune 500 and include VeriSign, Inc., Quintiles, Inc., Intuit, Inc., and Medtronic. A privately held company, Cendura is funded by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Crosslink Capital and NeoCarta. For more information about Cendura, call 866.263.3911 or visit www.cendura.com. Cendura, Cohesion and Blueprint Builder are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cendura Corporation.

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