IT organizations considering AAW need to examine and adapt their existing tools, processes, workflows, and automation to meet the requirements of an effective AAW implementation. Although it is critical that the underlying components (such as the Service Manager Portal, Service Manager request infrastructure, notifications, workflows, and automation) integrate well with each other and account for industry-wide best practices, the work involved to ensure an effective AAW implementation can be daunting and time-consuming. AAW addresses these concerns by allowing administrators to configure application requirements to meet their own needs.

In adopting AAW, enterprises can benefit from the existing features and functionality already available in the System Center suite. IT can tailor the solution to meet the needs of the businessfor example, the Service Manager platform allows organizations to better manage application allocation and distribution. AAW enables administrators to add approval criteria to the process. For example, for the allocation of a specific application that has limited licenses, administrators can require manager approval before the application is distributed, allowing administrators to configure the application requirements accordingly.

The benefits AAW offers the enterprise include:

·         A well-tested and fully supported AAW solution that accounts for industry-wide best practices

·         Customization and extension of the AAW experience, natively supported by the System Center suite of products

·         Reduced cost, effort, and time to deploy AAW to organizations that already use the System Center platform

The benefits that AAW offers consumers of IT within the enterprise include:

·         Standardized and well-defined processes for requesting and managing application approval criteria

·         Natively supported request, approval, and notification to enable businesses to effectively manage their own application allocation.


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