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Asset Management Grows Up

Product Roll Call

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As for product cost, we believe our Editor's Choice, LANDesk's Asset Manager, is worth every cent (see "Finders Keepers,"), and we expect pricing to get more attractive across the board. That's because the asset-management market is highly competitive. Discounts are plentiful and, as more small organizations consider employing the software to rein in IT costs, vendors are changing their products to meet user requirements. Some small, nimbler asset-management upstarts have amazingly good offerings that can run with the big dogs, while established vendors have revamped their suites to be more user-friendly and focus more tightly on their customers' organizational structures.

Moreover, it's relatively painless to switch between products, for those displeased with their current methods. We suspect this is a sizeable group--in our poll, only 19 percent cited product quality as a reason for staying with your current asset-management strategy.

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