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Tally Systems’ PowerCensus Maximises The Investment That Many
Organisations Have Made In SMS

Tally Systems, the innovative provider of IT asset management solutions, today announced the launch of PowerCensus, to enhance Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS) installations with superior hardware and software recognition capabilities. Based upon its patented census recognition technology, PowerCensus adds a complete set of inventory data to the SMS database that accurately shows which applications are installed, not simply a listing of program executables

PowerCensus offers the ability to collect normalized application inventory data from a PC and translates it directly into an SMS MIF file format. Unlike Tally Systems’ TS.Census, which includes a database and infrastructure to support stand-alone inventory, PowerCensus is a pure auto-discovery engine that works in conjunction with SMS.

IT managers responsible for ensuring software compliance are faced with mountainous reports from Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS) software. These list hundreds, if not thousands, of executable files representing installed software without accurately telling which specific applications have been installed, and in what quantity. Because there’s no easy way to normalise software titles using SMS, gauging software license compliance can be cumbersome at best. PowerCensus aims to change all that.

There’s nothing worse for IT mangers than having data they can’t use because it’s incomplete or not organised for effective decision-making. For example if the company is preparing to move to Microsoft's new Software Assurance program or has been requested to do a software license compliance audit. IS managers need to know what existing Microsoft software licenses they have, and what software is currently installed on the network; however, because the serial numbers are not recorded in the SMS inventory database, and the SMS data doesn't normalize the list of files into a list of applications that have been licensed, there’s no way to tie the inventory to software licensing records. As a result, there is no way to track installed software licenses and ensure that they are legally licensed and up to the current version to qualify for Software Assurance. The consequences could be costly: legal fees and fines from Microsoft or the BSA for illegally installed software, not to mention the stigma and embarrassment of being labelled a "software pirate." Worse yet, missing Microsoft's Feb. 28, 2002 deadline for qualifying for the Software Assurance program.

John Mahon, Vice-President EMEA of Tally Systems, said, “PowerCensus is an outgrowth of Tally Systems’ years of experience in helping organisations that use SMS to get better inventory results. For years, IT managers have optimised their SMS database through integration with our flagship product, TS.Census. This led to more manageable results that not only allowed more informed decisions, but also made those decisions faster. Now the PowerCensus solution allows IT managers to do this more efficiently and effectively”.

PowerCensus provides the following information, almost all of which may not be in an IT managers existing SMS inventory database:

Software

· Software suites (e.g. Microsoft Office 2000) – Automatically detects software suites as well as individual products allows organizations to better demonstrate compliance with software license agreements.

· Manufacturer and product names – Software reports are immensely more useful when they are organised by manufacturers and product name as opposed to raw executable file lists.

· Non-Windows 32 applications – Adding non-Windows 32 applications provides a more complete snapshot of installed software for compliance programs and end-user support.

Hardware

· Product names and model number – adding specific names and models for all your PCs enables support staff to better manage IT assets.

· PC serial numbers – system serial numbers often serve as a common link from PCs to asset management, lease, and financial systems for proper accounting practices (SMS captures information for Windows 2000 SMBIOS machines only).

· BIOS - BIOS details are critical when planning for hardware upgrades.

· Hard drive manufacturer serial numbers – Hard drive details can be important in reacting to product recalls or planning for hardware upgrades.

· Memory slot details – Knowing memory slot configuration allows you to avoid purchasing unnecessary or useless memory upgrades.


PowerCensus system requirements:

· Windows 95/98;Windows NT with Service Pack 4;Windows 2000

· 90 MHz processor

· 32 MB memory

· 10 MB hard disk storage


About Tally Systems

Tally Systems Corp. is the world’s leading supplier of innovative technology investment and technology delivery products, aligning distributed technology with business goals. Tally Systems’ products, including TS.Census and TS.Ready, are currently licensed on over nine million PCs at more than 12 thousand client sites worldwide. Creativity, entrepreneurship and proven expertise continue to keep Tally Systems at the forefront of developments in an industry where the only constant is change.

Visit Tally Systems on the web at: http://www.tallysystems.com/


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Randy Britton
Tally Systems
Tel: 00 + 1 603 643-1300 ext. 2282
or 00+ 1 603 359-0162 (cell).

Tamsin Keynton/Richard Bennett
MCC International
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e-mail: tamsin.keynton@mccint.com
richard.bennett@mccint.com

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