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Express Software Manager is a specialized software and hardware asset management solution designed for organizations whose needs for accurate, comprehensive IT asset reporting and trouble-free management aren't met by enterprise-oriented framework products or less sophisticated inventory tools. By integrating all the data related to your hardware and software inventory, usage, entitlements, and purchases, Express Software Manager helps you seamlessly track and manage your IT assets from purchase through retirement—so you can finally abandon those Excel spreadsheets! And with reporting designed to answer real IT and business questions related to your organization's IT assets, you'll no longer waste time muddling through mounds of raw data that raise more questions than answers.

 

Express Software Manager gives you the tools and information you need to:

- Stay compliant with license agreements

- Eliminate spending on unused software

- Manage hardware assets
- Track and report on IT purchases

- Keep unauthorized applications off the network

 

 

Key Express Software Manager area :
• Network Inventory
• PC Inventory
• Hardware Inventory
• Software Inventory
• Software Audit
• Software Asset Management
• Software Metering

 

 

 

Express Software Manager

 

Software Inventory

If you're like most IT professionals, you may have limited insight into what software is deployed within your environment—much less whether it's properly licensed. Express Software Manager discovers and identifies all the software installed on your Microsoft Windows desktops, laptops, and servers, taking the guesswork out of what's installed across your network. Better yet, it automatically reconciles discovered applications with purchasing details, so you know where you're underlicensed and at risk in the event of an audit.

 

Unlike most other IT asset management products, Express Software Manager uses a propriety software identification database to recognize the countless executables found on your network, and turns that raw data into complete and reliable reports. With a unique emphasis on software licensing, Express Software Manager's software inventory reports give you exactly the information you need to prepare for software audits, ensure license compliance, and make informed decisions about your software investments.

 

With Express Software Manager's software inventory reports, you can:

- Discover and identify the software installed across your network

- Stay compliant with license agreements by uncovering unlicensed copies of installed software (learn more)

- Identify what's newly installed—and potentially harmful—on your network

- Track purchasing details related to software licenses (learn more)

- Maintain compliance in virtual environments by easily identifying virtual operating systems and, in Microsoft environments, their hosts (learn more)

 

Hardware Inventory

Express Software Manager offers rich hardware inventory functionality to help you track and manage your PCs and servers thoughout the hardware lifecycle. With Express Software Manager, you can rapidly inventory all the machines in your network and obtain both summary level and detailed reports on their attributes, configurations, and capabilities. Express Software Manager also makes it easy to assign and allocate hardware assets to individuals and organizational groups, as well as track purchasing data corresponding with your deployed hardware.

 

With Express Software Manager's hardware inventory capabilities, you can:

- Discover all the PCs and hardware deployed across your network

- Analyze machine characteristics such as processor type and speed, memory, disk space, network card address, manufacturer, serial number, and more

- Track unlimited purchasing information associated with deployed hardware such as PO details, lease numbers and expiration dates, location information, and more

- Manage the hardware refresh cycle by determining which systems needs to be upgraded or replaced

- Plan for technology migrations by evaluating PC configurations and capabilities

- Troubleshoot remote PC issues by extending machine configuration data to support staff


License Compliance

Express Software Manager offers comprehensive license compliance capabilities to help you prepare for software audits and monitor your compliance status in an automated fashion. Express Software Manager discovers and identifies the software installed across your network, reconciles those applications with purchasing data and license counts, and pinpoints exactly which installed applications require more licenses—so you can correct your license deficits before you get audited. Unlike most other software license management products, Express Software Manager uses a propriety software identification database to recognize the countless executables found on your network. That's why you'll find that Express Software Manager's license compliance reports are more complete and reliable than technology that relies on other methods such as file header identification or registry analysis. (Learn more about software identification.)

 

With Express Software Manager, you can:

- Stay compliant with license agreements by uncovering unlicensed copies of installed software

- Calculate true-up costs associated with your current compliance status

- Enforce peak usage limits for concurrently licensed applications

- Maintain compliance in virtual environments by easily identifying virtual operating systems and, in Microsoft environments, their hosts

 

Software Usage Metering

Express Software Manager provides comprehensive and detailed software usage statistics so you can avoid purchasing and supporting applications that aren't being utilized. By identifying unused software, you can reallocate copies to users who truly need them, or renegotiate software contracts so they reflect actual usage—saving your organization significant amounts of money.

 

With Express Software Manager's software metering capabilities, you can:

- Determine how often (and by whom) specific applications are being used

- Identify unused and underutilized licenses * Monitor the use of unauthorized, harmful, or "nuisance" applications

- Collect detailed software usage statistics including start time, stop time, idle time, and peak usage

- Track usage statistics for applications launched via Windows Terminal Server or Citrix XenApp server
 


 

System Requirements
Express Software Manager includes several integrated components for data collection, administration and reporting. The database and web-based components can be installed on one server or on multiple servers depending on your specific requirements. If you choose to install all components to a single server, you should ensure the selected machine meets the memory requirements shown for the "Express Database" component.
 

Express Administrative Console
Requirements: 2.0GHz, Windows Workstation XP SP2 (or above) or Windows Server 2003 SP1 (or above), 1GB RAM, 100MB disk, Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 (or above).
 


Express Reports Console
Requirements: IE 6.0 (or above) or Firefox 3.0 (or above).

 

Express Server
Requirements: 2.0GHz, Windows Workstation XP SP2 (or above) or Windows Server 2003 SP1 (or above), 100 MB disk, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (or above).
 

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Number of computers

Recommended RAM

0 - 1000

1GB

1001 - 2000

2GB

2001+

4GB



 

Express Database
Requirements: 2.0GHz, SQL Server 2000 (or above) (SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is included with the product), Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (or above) (required for automated database creation/initialization); database administrator credentials for initial database creation.
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Number of computers

Recommended RAM

0 - 500

2GB

501 - 2000

4GB

2001+ 

8GB (64-bit processor & OS)

 

 

Express Reports Web Site
Requirements: 2.0GHz, Windows 2003 Server SP1 (or above), 1GB RAM, 100MB disk, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (or above), IIS 6.0* (or above).

 

Express Access Point
Requirements : 2.0GHz, Windows 2003 Server SP1 (or above), 1GB RAM, 100MB disk, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (or above), IIS 6.0* (or above).

 

Express Client
Requirements: Windows 2000 (workstation and server) or above, including both 32- and 64-bit.


About Cherwell Software

Cherwell Software specializes in PC inventory and software usage tracking solutions that provide unparalleled visibility and control over your IT assets. Our products deliver critical information and tools that enable efficient management of PC hardware and software, confidence in resource and spending decisions, and the ability to avoid common vulnerabilities within the desktop environment. With Cherwell Softwrare, you can reduce the risks associated with failed compliance audits, IT overspending, improper use of software, and uninformed IT decisions.
 
Cherwell Software are a winner of the Microsoft Software Asset Management Partner of the Year award. Our products are currently used by more than 1,100 active customers.

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