IBM Joins Enterprise Desktop Alliance

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[] Sunnyvale, California - The Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA) today announced that IBM has joined the collaborative of software developers that help further the deployment and management of Macs in the enterprise. By joining the EDA, IBM has broadened the categories of cross-platform integration which the EDA represents to include collaborative and social software from Lotus, software delivery automation capabilities from Rational, and database software from Informix. IBM provides solutions that support a broad spectrum of end user and back-end platforms, including Macs and PCs for enterprise applications.

"We are delighted that IBM has embraced the goals of the EDA," said Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance, and ceo of Group Logic. "IBM's participation will help us advance our goal of helping IT deploy and manage Macs in an enterprise environment."

"We have supported the Mac in the enterprise for over 15 years with our Notes and Domino offering," said Kevin Cavanaugh, IBM vice president of messaging and collaboration. "The usage of Macs in the enterprise is expanding beyond line of business to a mainstream option for all, and our cross-platform collaboration solutions make the usage of Macs a natural fit within IT deployments."

IBM will be represented at Macworld in booth #1284 which is adjacent to the Enterprise Desktop Alliance booth, #1384. For more information on IBM Rational Software, IBM Lotus or IBM Informix Software visit them online.

About the Enterprise Desktop Alliance

Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA) solutions are specifically designed to maintain the Mac experience for users even as they interface with the Windows infrastructure. At the same time, by extending the standard Windows-based management environment, EDA solutions enable the Mac to be viewed and to act as a peer to Windows in an enterprise. Using the solutions from EDA companies, IT administrators can deliver the same standards of service across management and enterprise applications, maintain uniform client configuration, enforce the same security controls, make the same sharepoints and print queues available, and enforce the same compliance policies for both Mac and Windows systems.

The Enterprise Desktop Alliance is a collaboration among enterprise class software companies to deliver solutions that streamline the deployment, integration and management of the Mac in sophisticated Windows-centric IT environments.By leveraging the suite of capabilities that EDA solutions offer, an enterprise can use the same hardware and software infrastructures to easily integrate Macs and achieve the same level of control, security, policy compliance, and services that they currently have with their Windows platforms. Member companies include Absolute Software, Centrify, Group Logic, IBM and Web Help Desk.


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