I picked this up on an internal email about news alerts

This is from eweek.com and covers a TechEd US session by Group Program Manager for Solution Accelerators Luis Camara Manoel, who said his group has created tools to help IT administrators get a handle on SharePoint deployments, assess and monitor their health and capacity utilisation, and achieve corporatewide standardisation.

Jeff Raikes predicted that SharePoint was going to be big:

SharePoint is perhaps the sleeper of the latest release of the Office System. It's become the hot topic with our customers as they see how much value it delivers in document management, in enterprise search, in electronic forms, in workflow, in Excel services for business intelligence. We invested in SharePoint for you so that SharePoint can become a platform for how you interoperate with business information and business process.

...but it is not always so straight forward for the IT guys. That's why the US guys have developed these tools to help with adoption, capacity, utilisation, storage and compliance.

There will be 4 tools:

1) The first tool, still being tested, is an inventory assessment tool
2) SharePoint capacity planner
3) Cross-site configurator
4) SharePoint monitoring tool kit

(all of which can be downloaded free of charge)