Earlier this week, Kris blogged about analyst predictions for stronger growth in technology spending for 2010. Among the areas expected to drive the growth are new hardware purchases (fueled in part by migrations to Microsoft Windows 7), continued adoption of virtualization technologies, and pent-up demand for PCs created during capital budget freezes of 2008 and 2009. Given the anticipated increase in IT investment levels, I thought it might be interesting (and helpful) to take a look at how the upcoming release of Express Software Manager 9.5 can help your organization as your IT budget starts to show signs of life:
- Migration Planning Reports: If you expect to migrate to Microsoft Windows 7, you’ll be able to take advantage of Express Software Manager’s new “Express Query Builder,” which will allow you to specify certain machine configurations or attributes to target your planning efforts. For example, you can run a report to see all the machines running Windows XP whose RAM is less than 2GB.
- IT Purchase Tracking System: With Express Software Manager’s brand new purchasing interface, you’ll be able to track and manage the entire lifecycle of your hardware and software assets, from purchase through retirement. You’ll be able to enter or import unlimited purchasing details at any time, before or after assets are deployed; easily assign and allocate assets to users and organization groups; reconcile purchasing details with inventoried assets, keep track of contract expiration dates; and run summary-level and detailed reports on your IT purchases.
- Enhanced Support for Virtual Environments: If you plan to roll out more virtualization technology in 2010, you’ll be happy to hear that Express Software Manager has enhanced its support for virtual machines. In addition to Express Software Manager’s existing ability to inventory virtual workstations and server OSs and track and control the launch of applications launched within virtual software environments, you will now be able to identify and display the relationship between a host OS and guest OS in Microsoft environments.
- New Software Usage Reports: Express Software Manager has always offered powerful software usage reporting to help you identify areas where your organization is over-licensed and spending too much. With Version 9.5, Express Software Manager will offer new software usage reports your boss will love, showing where money can be saved by renegotiating your 2010 license agreements—and ensure any subsequent software purchases are being put to good use.
We truly believe this release of Express Software Manager will transform your ability to track and manage your IT asset lifecycle, and it’s with great anticipation and excitement that we move into the final phases of completion. We look forward to the release, and moreover, to your implementations and feedback!