But it does. Not that any self-respecting ops manager would admit it.
In my opinion, any ESX shop running more than four hosts should be using Virtual Center. Any ESX shop with more than four hosts has probably been complaining about lack of automation in the management toolbox. Startups like Cirba, Embotics, Configuresoft, and Hyperic have sprung up to address different needs in VMware's product line.
Lifecycle Manager is VMware's answer to "implement a consistent and automated process for requesting, approving, deploying, updating, and retiring virtual machines."
From today's announcement, LCM shows "who owns a virtual machine, when it was requested, who approved it, where it is deployed, how long it has been in operation and when it is scheduled to be decommissioned."