Intel's desktop management software is developed at their Salt Lake City facility. They announced today that they're selling it to a group of venture capital companies. At least one of the companies, vSpring, is based in Utah. Utah seems to have a few companies working on desktop management software. Utah-based Altiris is another example.
I've written here before about desktop management. I believe that in the last few years the ubiquity of the network and the development of software like LANDesk and Altiris has made desktop management a real possibility. The benefits are many. Among them lower costs and increased service to employees. There's a strong resistance to this kind of change because it runs counter to conventional wisdom: more local people must mean we'll get better service, right? Regardless, I think that a move to an enterprise desktop management program is inevitable. If it doesn't happen on my watch, it will happen on the next person's. We waste a lot of time trying to swim upstream.