Valassis Signs on Everdream to Manage IT infrastructure

    August 24, 2004

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Everdream Corporation announced today that Valassis Communications has signed on Everdream to protect, manage and support its IT infrastructure. Under the terms of the agreement, Everdream will provide complete asset management, software distribution and patch management services to 1,000 users spanning over 20 Valassis locations throughout North America.

Valassis has a complex IT infrastructure that includes a variety of desktop PC platforms spread across its corporate network. They needed the capability to understand the hardware and software status of each PC, identify security and performance vulnerabilities, and keep these assets updated without having to visit each machine. Everdream’s managed services solution allowed them to extend the capabilities of their internal IT resources and gave them the control they needed without having to install new software infrastructure or hire and train new people.

“We evaluated a number of leading IT management tools that would have required expensive and lengthy infrastructure development,” said Bill Piper, IT Manager at Valassis. “We chose Everdream because they provided a complete, integrated solution that has a simple, well-designed interface that was easy to deploy. We expect to see a dramatic improvement in IT management efficiency almost immediately.”

Using the Everdream Control Center, a web-based IT management console, the Valassis IT team is now able to conduct critical desktop management operations from one single interface. The Asset Management service allows IT managers to maintain a precise hardware and software inventory for PC and mobile systems across the organization without the need for data entry. Everdream’s patented Software Distribution service enables the rapid packaging and secure deployment of any application to any online user at any time — automatically. In addition, the Everdream Patch Management service can automatically identify, distribute and install necessary software patches while allowing administrators to track status and determine which systems are protected and which require attention.

“Many IT executives are under increased scrutiny to justify expenses and decrease costs, putting pressure on internal resources,” said Gary Griffiths, president and CEO of Everdream. “Valassis’ choice to leverage the Everdream hosted model demonstrates an increasing shift in demand for outsourced IT management services that lower costs and increase productivity.”

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