Deployment Manager Block

Topics: Mobile Client Software Factory
Jun 14, 2006 at 4:06 AM
originally posted by: lucaur

Hi, I'm working with a large energy company that is developing a workforce automation application suite for 4000 Pocket PC users. Other 4000 users will have same applications on tablets PC.
They are looking for a solution to manage software deployment and updates on Pocket PCs.
Which is the status of the Deployment Manager AB, will it be included in the next release?
Bst regards.

Luca Urbinati
Jun 14, 2006 at 6:36 AM
originally posted by: PerVonge

Thanks for the feedback - this is great to hear.

1. Everyone we have talked with indicate that deployment/updates is priority #1 - I'd recommend that the community chimes in whether you agree or have other priorities; with technical and business input. The business part does help to justify the effort.
1.1 There are different initiatives to resolve the demand for deployment and updates, and we are trying to get the efforts coordinated in the short term and of course aligned with the future products.
2. From p&p team perspective we want to continue this mobile effort and is working with teams across MS to make that happen. BUT at this point there are no specific plans to continue after the release at 6/30!
3. We will keep this community informed about the plans we know of.
Jun 16, 2006 at 4:34 AM
originally posted by: AndersHeick

Hi Luca,

Interesting setup. We have a couple of customer with similar challenges, like managing both WM and TabletPC devices with centralized device management. The have deployed either Afaria from Sybase og Microsoft SMS. SMS do have the best price especially for existing Microsoft Enterprise customers whereas Afari has unmatched features and support for mobile devices (even Blackberry and Symbion based devices).

You are welcome to contact me if you want to hear the details.

Kind regards,

Anders Heick (
Jun 16, 2006 at 8:21 PM
originally posted by: dahall

Radia, which is part of the HP OpenView line of products, also has the ability to deploy applications across a number of different operating systems, including mobile ones, and has some nice features that allow one to push or pull packages, trickle the software down to devices, and use segmentation to determine which group of people gets which packages. We are using it to manage over 250,000 devices including Pocket PCs, desktops, and servers.