What is an Enterprise/Automated Deployment tool, and how would it be used? Examples would be a plus, but please don't turn this into a list.
What are the key factors that should be evaluated when looking at such a tool?
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It's a tool that allows you to automate deployment of software, typically to large numbers of desktop PCs (but there probably are similar requirements and tools for server farms) which is something mainly needed by large enterprises. If you have 1000 desk workers that need an office suite installed on their PCs, you don't want to have people walk around with CDs and do it manually.
Such tools have to adress issues like: