InstallShield® Announces Innovative Value Pack Strategy to Address Ongoing Needs of Systems Administrators


LAS VEGAS, April 30, 2002 – Continuing its commitment to meeting the rapidly evolving needs of today’s systems administrators, InstallShield® Software Corporation, the acknowledged leader in software distribution and deployment solutions, today announced a new product update strategy at the Microsoft Management Summit, being held in Las Vegas from April 29 - May 3, 2002. InstallShield unveiled the AdminStudio 3.0 Value Pack for its AdminStudio 3.0 pre-deployment configuration solution. The new Value Pack strategy will enable customers to gain critical features and functionality as they are developed – without waiting for formal product releases.

The first AdminStudio Value Pack is available immediately and provides key enhancements to AdminStudioÂ’s conflict resolution and application isolation capabilities. The Value Pack is available to all existing users of AdminStudio 3.0 or higher at no charge.

“Today’s enterprise systems administrators are a dynamic group of customers with rapidly changing needs; therefore, we needed to develop a product update strategy that fit within their unique profile,” said Viresh Bhatia, CEO of InstallShield. “The Value Packs allow us to quickly react to market trends and significantly reduce time to market of the key features and functionality our customers require.”

Improved Application Isolation

The AdminStudio Value Pack introduces significant enhancements to AdminStudio’s Isolator™ technology, providing administrators with enhanced usability and built-in dependency scanning capabilities. The Value Pack also enables .local isolation when targeting operating systems released prior to Windows XP. For organizations with multiple levels of administrators, the Value Pack also provides “lead" administrators with the ability to pre-configure many of the settings within the Application Isolation Wizard™ via a configuration file. This enhanced customization capability is consistent with other tools and the functionality within the AdminStudio suite and is designed to ensure that corporate best practices are followed regularly.

Streamlined Conflict Resolution

The latest Value Pack also delivers powerful new conflict resolution capabilities designed to streamline the resolution process and save enterprises’ significant time and money. AdminStudio’s enhanced ConflictSolver™ now enables grouping of applications by department or business unit – eliminating the need to check an individual department’s set of applications against the company’s entire application portfolio. Instead, administrators have the ability to classify applications by running diagnostics and resolving conflicts based on a specific set of users.

“The additional capabilities offered by the Value Pack illustrate why this strategy makes sense. Many of our customers simply couldn’t afford to wait until the next release to begin using the enhanced conflict and application isolation capabilities – with Value Packs, they won’t have to,” added Bhatia.

About AdminStudio

AdminStudio is a completely integrated pre-deployment configuration solution for systems administrators who repackage, customize, and resolve application conflicts before deploying to the corporate enterprise. AdminStudio provides an easy-to-use wizard-driven interface to quickly handle complex applications and the otherwise labor-intensive requirements of packaging software into the Windows Installer (MSI) format for use on Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Value Pack Availability/AdminStudio Pricing

The InstallShield AdminStudio 3.0 Value Pack is available immediately. All existing InstallShield AdminStudio 3.0 customers can obtain the Value Pack, at no charge, directly from within the product. Customers simply click the “Check for Updates” button under the Help menu and the complete Value Pack is immediately delivered and installed via the InstallShield Update Service. InstallShield AdminStudio 3.0 Professional is available for $2,899. AdminStudio can be evaluated and ordered from www.installshield.com/isas, or by calling (847) 240-9111 or (800) 374-4353. It is also available through a network of US and international authorized resellers and distributors worldwide. InstallShield offers comprehensive Professional Services including Windows 2000/Windows XP Application Migration, Installation Consulting, and Training. For more information, visit www.installshield.com/consulting/overview.asp.

About InstallShield Software Corp.

With worldwide headquarters outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill., InstallShield Software Corp. is the acknowledged leader in software-distribution and software-deployment solutions for independent software vendors and corporate IT systems administrators. InstallShield technology powers deployment for the top 100 independent software vendors and is used by more than 200,000 corporate and commercial software developers and systems administrators worldwide. InstallShield also has European headquarters based in Bristol, England. For more information, visit www.installshield.com.


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