ESD (electronic software distribution) promises to simplify software distribution and management, and eliminate ''sneakernet'' the costly, time-consuming manual process that some companies still use to do upgrades and installations. Unfortunately, the cure often has some of the same pitfalls as the problem, not to mention a few snags of its own.
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application. Some industry experts estimate that only about 70 percent of the targeted computers will have software installed correctly the first time. Imagine the cost of deploying and managing 100 applications for an enterprise with several distributed offices. Allotting an average of two weeks to develop and test scripts for these applications, it would take 3.8 man years to complete this task at a cost of about $800,000. Again, software makers constantly issue upgrades, service packs, patches, new