Microsoft to Unveil Updates to Management Vision At Microsoft Management Summit 2003

REDMOND, Wash., March 11, 2003 — Next week at the second annual Microsoft® Management Summit, Microsoft Corp. will announce major enhancements to its management vision, including the development of management solutions for the complete end-to-end lifecycle of Windows® based applications. Over the past five years, Microsoft’s management offering has grown significantly to provide customers with comprehensive enterprise solutions for Windows. On Monday, Microsoft changed the name of the Management Business Group to the Enterprise Management Division to further demonstrate the broad importance of management across the company and its focus on enterprise management applications.

At this year’s Summit, Microsoft will also announce plans for new follow-up feature packs for Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003, Microsoft’s change and configuration management solution for the Windows operating system. The feature packs will be available sometime after the release to manufacturing of SMS 2003, which is scheduled for September of this year. Attendees will hear for the first time about the next version of Microsoft Operations Manager and Windows Server 2003 management innovations. The Microsoft Management Summit 2003 takes place March 18–21, 2003, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This year approximately 1,500 IT professionals will gather to learn more about Microsoft products, partner offerings and future directions through a range of technical sessions and hands-on labs taught by industry veterans. There will also be customer-led sessions, including some from early adopters of SMS 2003, who will talk about their experiences with the product thus far.

“In today’s economy, customers are seeking ways to reduce the overall cost of doing business, while remaining agile in competitive marketplaces,”
said Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president of the Enterprise Management Division at Microsoft.
“This year’s Microsoft Management Summit is an opportunity for customers to learn more about Microsoft’s cost-efficient solutions and best practices to effectively manage their technology today, and how our vision for managing distributed Windows-based systems will grow with their business needs in the future.”

Microsoft Management Summit 2003 has an exciting lineup of keynote presentations:

  • Day 1 — Microsoft Management Vision. Brian Valentine, senior vice president of Windows; Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president of the Enterprise Management Division; and Bill Veghte, corporate vice president of the Windows Server Group, will unveil new products in the Windows management road map, long-term development strategies for next-generation management solutions and management innovations in Windows Server 2003.

  • Day 2 — The Business of Managing Microsoft. Rick Devenuti, corporate vice president and chief information officer of Microsoft’s Operations and Technology Group (OTG), will be on hand to talk about OTG’s use of management products for enterprise-class management of Windows.

  • Day 3 — The Evolution Toward Real-Time Infrastructure. Cameron Haight, leading management expert and research director at Gartner Inc., will explore the trend toward Real-Time Infrastructure (RTI) to enable greater sharing of underlying IT services. In his keynote address, Haight will discuss the management challenge IT faces today, the effect of RTI on the enterprise, and the completeness of the management vision behind vendor promises and rhetoric.

Sponsors for the summit include Altiris, NetIQ Corp., HP, Fawcette Technical Publications’ .NET Magazine, Quest Software Inc. and Wise Solutions Inc. In addition, there will be more than 20 exhibitors featuring a broad array of management solutions.

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