If you're running a Windows-based infrastructure with Active Directory, you might want to take a look at just-released Specops Suite 3.0. It can help with software deployment, inventory, license management, and scripting. You can focus on developing your policies and let the software take it from there. Specops seems to be moving in the right direction, consolidating many of the functions that individual software vendors provide today. By placing the capabilities in one neat package, administrators can focus more of their time on the critical policy definition and enforcement issues.