Support for Enterprise Deployment and Management of Windows 7 From CA

CA, Inc. today announced that it is delivering support
for the deployment and management of the Microsoft Windows 7 operating
system (OS). This new capability, provided within CA’s proven IT Client
Manager solution, is designed to help organizations to streamline the
transition to Windows 7, increase productivity, reduce risk by providing
for desktop security, maintain end-user productivity, lower ongoing
support issues, and to reduce the overall cost of the deployment.

"With Microsoft having announced the end of mainstream support for
Windows XP, it’s time for the majority of enterprises that have not yet
deployed Windows 7 to make the move," said Roger Pilc, corporate senior
vice president and general manager of CA’s Virtualization and Service
Automation Business Unit. "CA is here to help our customers achieve a
seamless transition from Windows XP to Windows 7 with a solution that is
designed to automate every step of the process."

Customers are already taking advantage of CA’s system migration
capabilities intended to enable the management, movement and maintenance
of user data, settings and preferences during PC change initiatives
such as a transition to Windows 7. CA IT Client Manager has a global
market presence with over 1,000 customers worldwide.

"Baker Tilly was one of the earliest adopters of Windows 7, using
CA’s IT Client Manager to migrate over 2,000 PCs from Windows XP to an
early release candidate of Windows 7 over the course of four weeks last
June," explained David Hilland, deputy IT director at Baker Tilly, an
independent member of Baker Tilly International, one of the world’s
largest networks of accounting firms. "When Windows 7 was released this
year, we used CA IT Client Manager in conjunction with CA Desktop
Migration Manager, which enabled us to cut migration time down to 2.5
weeks. We are very pleased with CA IT Client Manager’s comprehensive
approach to the system deployment process, from planning and
implementation, to process management and reporting. By using CA
products, we were able to reduce deployment time in half and do so with
minimal impact to the users."

"For enterprises, the benefits of Windows 7– improved security,
end-user productivity and manageability — are appealing, and
organizations shouldn’t balk at upgrading because of worries about
complexity, time and costs," said Mauricio Ulargui, director of Windows
Deployment at Microsoft Corporation. "We believe CA’s automated solution
can reduce transition time to a matter of days, helping save both time
and money while dramatically simplifying the overall deployment

CA addresses every step of the Windows 7 deployment process with a
comprehensive solution set and methodology based on industry best
practices. Using CA, customers can better automate the strategic,
business-critical processes associated with the system deployment,

— Project planning and infrastructure assessment
— Tracking PC inventory
— Enabling application compatibility assessment
— Creation and management of images
— Deployment of supplemental applications
— Migration of the end-users data and settings
— Management, servicing and reporting on the entire automated process
— Support for technology that helps ease the transition to Windows 7, including Windows XP Mode, VMware ThinApp and Microsoft App-V


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