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TS.Census Service Copes with 400% Growth in Public Sector Network; Time and Cost Savings Visible; Merger and Change Management Addressed


Tally Systems, the leading IT asset management specialists, today announced that Plymouth City Council has chosen its TS.Census software to manage and audit their IT assets. Tally Systems' patented Census Recognition Technology will keep track of all the unitary authorities' software and hardware spread across its 105 sites.


Tally Systems have helped manage a 400% increase in the IT infrastructure of Plymouth City Council, a body that is responsible for providing services for more than over 250,000 people. Brian Stephans, their IT Project Leader, explains, "We started using Tally Systems' Census Recognition Technology in 1998, to help us cope with the change from being a district council to a unitary authority and the resulting growth our IT network. We jumped from managing 600 PCs to more than 2,500, spread over 105 sites".


"The authority enjoyed a good level of consultancy and hands-on training from Tally Systems during the installation of TS.Census," Stephans comments. "And the ongoing support is very good. They know the product inside out and nothing is too much bother for them."


In March 2001, Plymouth City Council decided to install Tally Systems' TS.Census to manage its diverse and dispersed IT assets. The Council has seen quantifiable time and cost benefits. All of the authority's PCs and sites can now be audited remotely. For example, it now takes TS.Census just one minute to audit the software at a small Local Education Authority office which only has a 64Kbps connection. TS.Census also disperses productivity away from a single, stressed network manager across the whole IT team. All twelve of the council's PC engineers now have access to TS.Census Manager and it's auditing and control capabilities, enabling them to produce customised reports and actively manage the IT resources.


Merger and change management is particularly important to an organisation like Plymouth City Council. TS.Census is the perfect tool for such a situation as it allows 'global changes' to be made to databases. For example, the Technical Consultancy department recently merged with the Direct Services Division. TS.Census enabled the entire IT assets of both divisions to be re-classified in one simple set of mouse clicks.


John Mahon, Vice President EMEA, Tally Systems, comments, "Software and hardware asset management is the basis of any good IT strategy. Without it, it's easy for an organisation like Plymouth City Council, with its numerous sites and many departments, to lose control of its network and IT resources".


"TS.Census enables organisations to keep control of their IT assets and manage the technology side of mergers and organisational change effectively and efficiently," Mahon continues. "Perhaps most importantly of all - in light of the recent actions of Microsoft and the BSA - TS.Census allows organisations to ensure that they have no more software programmes than licences, and no more licences than they actually need".



About Tally Systems


Tally Systems delivers innovative IT asset management solutions to ensure effective technology investment and successful IT projects. Tally Systems pioneered automated PC inventory over a decade ago, and continues to develop applications, services and integrations to support critical IT initiatives such as migrations, software license compliance and end user support. Tally Systems products have been licensed on over 9,000,000 PC’s at 12,000 sites worldwide.



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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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richard.bennett@mccint.com

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