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- Support for mobile devices

- Support for server installations

- Define and manage component rules

- Integration with all leading software distribution systems; now including Altiris® Software Delivery Solution

PLYMOUTH, Mich., May 6, 2003 – In their continuing goal of helping organizations prepare software prior to distribution, Wise Solutions announces the release of Wise Package Studio 4.5. With new, exclusive features and numerous updates, Wise Package Studio 4.5 continues to expand the tools IT system administrators have at their disposal to properly prepare applications for deployment. Properly prepared applications deploy successfully, which in turn reduces support and improves end-user productivity in an organization.

This latest upgrade enhances every aspect of the enterprise software packaging process: application request, analysis, repackaging, customization, validation, conflict resolution, acceptance testing and release to the distribution system.

“Once again, our latest Wise Package Studio release offers exclusive support for new technologies such as mobile applications, and revolutionizes the way server installations are built and customized,” said John McMillan, chief executive officer at Wise Solutions. “Wise is also very pleased to offer, through our partnership with Altiris, integrated features that prepare packages for distribution through Altiris Software Delivery Solution. This integration provides a seamless solution for Altiris and Wise customers that will improve IT staff productivity and reduce the possibility of errors.”

Some features exclusive to Wise Package Studio 4.5 include:

Support for mobile devices. As the number of mobile devices and accompanying applications continues to grow dramatically, so do the benefits of managing those devices. Wise Package Studio now makes it much easier to effectively manage mobile devices with support for Windows CE/Pocket PC, Palm® OS, SmartPhone, and the Microsoft® .NET Compact Framework.

Exclusive support for server installations. Many organizations want to apply the principles of packaging desktop applications—and the benefits of reliability and automation—to server applications. In the past, this has been a tedious and difficult task. Now, Wise Package Studio makes it easy to automate much of the server installation process, including configuration of SQL Server databases, adding and managing users, and configuration of Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) applications.

Altiris integration. Organizations using Altiris Software Delivery Solution for distributing applications can now take advantage of tight integration between Wise Package Studio and Altiris Software Delivery Solution, ensuring package hand-offs are seamless, automated and error-free. In addition to package hand-off capabilities, the Package Tracing feature creates a unique “fingerprint” embedded in every Windows Installer (.MSI) package created by Wise. This fingerprint is then used by Altiris for improved collection of inventory information, troubleshooting and more.

Improved standardization. Wise Package Studio users understand the value of adopting standards for software configuration. Version 4.5 now makes it easier than ever to adopt and enforce standards through Component Rules, which allow the packaging team to create and execute rules for how installation components will be configured.

Wise Package Studio 4.5 also contains dozens of other industry-leading features, such as: enterprise conflict management that includes Group Policy Objects and device drivers; Virtual Capture™, which saves time through multiple captures on “non-clean” machines; and Web services support for installing Web-based services and content. The Application Isolation Wizard™ also allows automatic isolation of application files minimizing the possibility of .DLL or .OCX conflicts.

Pricing and Availability

Package Studio 4.5 is a free upgrade to Wise Package Studio 4 users. Available in Enterprise, Professional and Standard Editions, new customers can purchase Wise Package Studio directly from Wise Solutions, or through select resellers.

About Wise Solutions

Wise Solutions is the leading provider of application installation and management software and services to Fortune 1000 companies. With a worldwide customer base, Wise SolutionsÂ’ global headquarters is located in Plymouth, Mich., with regional sales and professional services offices in Washington, D.C., Redmond, Wash., and European headquarters in the Netherlands.

Learn more about Wise Solutions on the Web at www.wise.com.