SOURCE: Indicative Software

June 12, 2007 14:01 ET

Indicative Contest to Expose How Tough It Remains to Manage Enterprise IT

Enterprise Management Software Vendor Creates Web Site Soliciting Stories of Horrific IT Management Situations; "Best" of the Worst to Be Picked by Panel of Industry Analysts and Indicative's CTO

FORT COLLINS, CO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) - Indicative Software today announced it will be giving away a pair of Nintendo Wii game consoles along with a number of $40 gift cards for stories of the most terrible IT management nightmares actually witnessed or experienced by operations personnel in data center environments.

The contest is scheduled to run from June 8 through July 3. Submissions of stories of 250 words or less will be accepted and evaluated for just how hair-raising and awful the IT management problem was, and how it had an impact on the company's business as well as the IT department. In part it's designed to reveal just how common problems remain in spite of the billions of dollars spent annually to manage enterprises.

Participants can submit their entries via a Web site created for the contest ( After the site closes to submissions on July 3, entries will be evaluated by a panel of three judges, including industry analysts Lisa Erickson-Harris of Enterprise Management Associates and Jasmine Noel of Ptak Noel Associates. Les Murphy, Indicative's chief technology officer, will be the third judge on the panel. Noel will provide a running commentary on the site alongside the entries in a blog format.

"It's not easy managing IT," Indicative's Murphy said. "That might sound obvious and even trite, but the fact is that there are a lot of very smart people out there spending billions on technology and the software to manage it, yet problems that make even young people silver-haired and baggy-eyed continue to plague companies with the best resources in place. We expect those who submit their stories here will resoundingly bear that out."

About Indicative

Indicative is a Colorado-based software company that helps large corporations manage their IT environments for optimal service delivery. These companies use Indicative to monitor their very large, distributed IT environments for potential disruptions, then efficiently troubleshoot causes to avert potentially adverse impacts upon services their businesses depend upon for revenue and competitive advantage. The company's customer base includes health care, financial services, government and media companies around the globe. The company's investors are Sutter Hill Ventures, Sequel Venture Partners, Vista Ventures and WW Ventures. For more information, visit

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