Customers are sending more and more workers outside the office, driving rapid growth in the remote systems management software market, according to an IDC study.
The researcher forecasts that sales in remote systems management will reach $US38.3 million this year, $US97.7 million next year and $US180.8 million by 2000.
"Existing desktop management products don't address the unique requirements of mobile systems using dial-up connections, so customers will need solutions specifically designed to administer systems through tightly constrained remote access networks," said Richard Villars, director of IDC's network architectures and management division.
Beginning in 2000, users will require common administration of remote and LAN-attached systems, and ISPs that provide virtual private network services will start bundling remote system management functions into their offerings, according to the report entitled "Opportunities for Administering Remote PCs: 1998 to 2002".
More information on the report can be obtained from IDC's Web site at: www.idc.com