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Research from Quest Software uncovers the holes in application management

Maidenhead, UK, 16 July 2008 – IT leaders in large UK companies are struggling to put in place effective application management, according to new research from Quest Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSFT).

The fragmented applications market and in-house development are partly to blame for application management difficulties, as is the limited use of third party application management software.

The survey polled 100 IT decision makers in companies of over 500 people, and asked them to cite the most troublesome applications to manage. The most awkward applications are:

Custom Java - 48 per cent
Other (sector specific apps) - 43 per cent
Custom using Microsoft.Net - 32 per cent
Home grown - 30 per cent

Conversely the two easiest applications to manage were application behemoths Oracle (17 per cent) and SAP (18 per cent).

According to the research, two-thirds (66%) of organisations do not use third-party application performance management tools for their critical applications. One in five (20%) can’t afford to run them, and a further 17 per cent do not realise such tools exist.

Nine out of 10 (89%) IT managers want to provide different views of the same performance management data sets to different users. Yet, almost two-thirds (64%) of IT decision-makers said their application performance management software could not deliver this key requirement.

“Good quality performance management tools increase application efficiency considerably. The research shows that the majority of organisations are not using toolsets which enable them to satisfy their key criteria of allowing different users to see the same data in different ways,” comments Hugh McEvoy, Manager, Product Management, Application Management, Quest Software.

“Organisations can greatly increase the effectiveness of their performance management initiatives if they invest in management tools which present the data in a clear and understandable way.”

Quest Software offers a range of application management solutions, designed to monitor, trace and manage applications to increase IT operational effectiveness.

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The survey was carried out by Vanson Bourne in June 2008 and questioned 100 IT managers or directors in IT companies with more than 500 employees.

About Quest Software, Inc.
Quest Software, Inc., a leading enterprise systems management vendor, delivers innovative products that help organizations get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases, Windows infrastructure and virtual environments. Through a deep expertise in IT operations and a continued focus on what works best, Quest helps more than 90,000 customers worldwide meet higher expectations for enterprise IT. Quest provides customers with client management as well as server and desktop virtualization solutions through its subsidiaries, ScriptLogic, Vizioncore and Provision Networks. Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at

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Quest Software and Quest product names mentioned in this Release are trademarks or registered trademarks of Quest Software, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Victoria Aitken
Edelman PR for Quest Software
+44 (0)20 7344 1528

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