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.
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 security settings, drivers, etc. that administrators must push out to the company. Each task requires more costly and time-consuming script writing. There's also the headache of babysitting the ESD system in off-hours during bandwidth-gobbling actions such as migrating to a new operating