This goes back a long, long way.
Summer 2000 I was talking to an audience of customers and resellers in South Africa about how the directory, identity-driven management and ZENworks specifically could manage anything. The concepts of management by exception and the extensibility of the Novell Directory Services (as it was then known) were ideal for this.
We were joking around concepts of management – and we came on ZENworks for Toasters.
Some Java fun in ConsoleOne – and we had a cool demo plugin for our internal Systems Engineers.