For those of you who may have noticed a lack of blog entries over the past month, we’ve been very busy working on some exciting product enhancements! Today we’re pleased to announce that Express Software Manager now accepts inventory feeds from Microsoft SCCM, enabling IT staff to leverage their SCCM implementations for more effective oversight of and management of their hardware and software investments.
In recent months, we’ve been hearing from a lot of prospective customers that they want to take advantage of inventory data stored in their SCCM database for their software license management efforts. This is often the situation at companies whose network teams don’t want to deploy another client and/or can’t secure authorization to invest in a dedicated asset management solution when certain data already exists within the SCCM that has the potential to be transformed into more useful IT asset reporting.
With Express Software Manager’s new functionality, inventory data is imported from SCCM and processed using our own catalog of normalized application titles, allowing not only for superior software recognition, but also a distinctly license-centric view of the desktop and server environment. The resulting normalized software titles, along with hardware data collected by the SCCM client, can be enriched with an organization’s own purchasing data and reconciled with inventoried assets for the purpose of managing license compliance, IT budgeting and reporting, chargeback purposes, and other functions that contribute to better fiscal management.
For those SCCM users who require a more comprehensive IT asset management solution, the flagship version of our product is still the way to go. With software usage data, computer inventory, license metering, and application control, organizations using this product enjoy not only powerful inventory capabilities and better software compliance reporting, but usage-based functionalities that contribute to overall license optimization and cost-cutting efforts.