ScriptLogic gets AD expertise with Small Wonders deal

ScriptLogic has acquired Small Wonders Software, a maker of software designed to assist IT administrators with Windows Server and Active Directory installations. One expert says there's little wonder about what ScriptLogic hopes to get from buying Small Wonders.

Windows administrators have more than a few pain points when it comes to managing an enterprise network, so any tool that can ease the discomfort is most welcome.

In that spirit, ScriptLogic Corp., which makes desktop administration software for Windows, last week snapped up Small Wonders Software, a Winter Park, Fla.-based software maker that focuses on helping IT administrators manage their Windows Server and Active Directory installations. Both companies are private, so the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Brian Styles, chief technical officer and founder of ScriptLogic, of Boca Raton, Fla., said that the acquisition will help ScriptLogic take advantage of a market where there are several hundred million NT servers that will soon no longer be supported by Microsoft. Many customers are moving to current Windows platforms and Active Directory.

Since the technologies from the two companies do not overlap, there will be no products phased out as a result of the acquisition, Styles said.

Down the road, the marriage of the companies may help ScriptLogic automate security information, retrieval and management, said one expert familiar with the company. ScriptLogic has a product that makes scripting as easy as clicking a few buttons, said Rod Trent, founder of MyITForum.com, a Web site devoted to Windows management.

"Looks like [ScriptLogic] will be getting deeper into [group policy object] management and Active Directory with this acquisition," Trent said. "[The company] is trying to enter a new market to take advantage of the security-services boom that is coming. It's a smart move and, with what they are getting from Small Wonders, [it] could prove to be a niche market."

Styles said that his company's mission is to "embrace and support all Windows 32 [bit] platforms all the way to the [Windows] 95 desktops."

One ScriptLogic customer said that news about the acquisition made him want to check out Small Wonders' software because he likes the customer service he gets from ScriptLogic.

Dan Lien, a manager of IT at American Engineers Heating and Air, an Arlington Heights, Ill., heating and air conditioning company, said that he is about to roll out Windows Server 2003 and that he has used Microsoft tools and some ScriptLogic tools to work with Active Directory's group policies.

"With this new product line, I probably won't need to use much of Microsoft's stuff," Lien said.

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