"We're also considering support for things like Tablet PCs [in the future]," said Tyler Smith, Altiris' vice-president of marketing.
Altiris is in the process of further developing its eXpress suites that includes client, asset, problem, and server management products that manage the cycle of IT deployment, migration, and inventory.
The desktop has occupied much of the company attention since Altiris' spin-off from testing outfit KeyLabs in 1998. But with improving wireless networks and wireless-equipped handheld devices, the company is working to make sure IT managers can manage these remote devices.
One of the biggest issues IT managers face, Smith explained, is the "rogue" status of many handheld devices, introduced into the enterprise IT environment by users without their knowledge. "Now I can tell when a new device enters the network," said Smith. Altiris' eXpress suite will not only discover new handheld devices, but administer corporate standards and policies that govern their use within the enterprise, Smith said.
Quoting Altiris' own customer survey, Smith said 80% of IT managers are now looking to effectively manage handheld devices as part of the total IT system, Smith added.
Altiris' mobile plan is the latest in a string of news and activity at the company.
Recently Altiris announced an alliance with CenterBeam in which the company's software will form the basis of CenterBeam's PC management services.
Looking forward, Smith said Altiris will hold a conference in Las Vegas with Microsoft and NetIQ in April to detail the nature of the three company's commitment to managing server environments. Smith said Altiris is looking to provide plug-ins for Microsoft's Operations Manager suite.