Quoting from SearchWinIT:
Altiris will be the primary provider of support for its products even after Symantec and the systems management vendor begin to integrate their product lines this spring.
The vendors’ integration plans — as to which products will stay and which will go — are still unknown. Symantec-Altiris will make its product integration plans public beginning in April, said Mark Magee, director of product marketing at Lindon, Utah-based Altiris Inc.
Altiris, which will run as a separate business unit of Symantec Corp. once the acquisition is approved, will continue to support its code, product offerings and customers moving forward, even as Altiris’ products are integrated with Symantec’s, Magee said.
“Saying [Altiris] is going to continue supporting products is one thing, actually seeing Symantec give Altiris control over product development of the company’s management solution and not as an augment to security or storage is another,” said Fred Broussard, analyst with Framingham, Mass.-based IDC.
Another sign that would make him believe that Altiris will remain in control of its own destiny is if key executives such as CEO Greg Butterfield stays in a management position and Altiris’ sales staff is not replaced by Symantec’s sales staff.
“They need to send some strong signals that they are serious about the Altiris acquisition, such as not firing sales staff under the guise of redundancy,” he said…
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