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HP, Microsoft Create Enterprise Management Center

Those who need help managing their intranet system will be able to peruse the Enterprise Systems Management Competency Center currently being developed by Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp.

The ESMCC will deploy H-P's OpenView VantagePoint to manage its showcase and will facilitate H-P and Microsoft (MSFT) customer visits to demonstrate enterprise management solutions, processes and procedures. The goal is to offer customers capabilities to manage end-to-end systems-management projects.

H-P (HP) OpenView VantagePoint, a new family of business-centric IT management solutions for the electronic enterprise, is Windows compliant. It provides business-critical services through three types of intelligence: business-driven intelligence for immediate and visible business impact, instant intelligence for fast results and active intelligence for adaptive availability.

The ESMCC will help Microsoft product teams improve the manageability of the Microsoft platform, particularly through collaboration with key alliance industry partners. A board of customers is in place to identify best practices and deliverables, enabling Microsoft to better deploy and establish enterprise management solutions for Windows 2000 and Windows NT environments.