What is an Enterprise/Automated Deployment tool, and how would it be used? Examples would be a plus, but please don't turn this into a list.
What are the key factors that should be evaluated when looking at such a tool?
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It's a tool that allows you to automate deployment of software, typically to large numbers of desktop PCs (but there probably are similar requirements and tools for server farms) which is something mainly needed by large enterprises. If you have 1000 desk workers that need an office suite installed on their PCs, you don't want to have people walk around with CDs and do it manually.
Such tools have to adress issues like:
May want to consider automating the deployments using automation software like Automation Anywhere. You can create EXEs that you can deploy on any other machines to perform the installations whenever the user is ready. Plus, you don't need any special software running on those machines. Very quick and easy. More info here: http://www.automationanywhere.com/products/task-to-exe.htm?ptr=tvl
Hope this is helpful. -Tom