(From eSchool News September 2005 print edition)

Centennial Software Inc. has announced its latest product, Discovery 2005. The software is a comprehensive tool for finding, identifying, and auditing all the hardware and software on a network, significantly cutting costs and time from network management and making it easier to manage decentralized, multi-platform networks, the company says.

The program’s features include user-configurable “dashboards” for key audit data analysis; an online resource “portal” for instant access to software reference information; and support for Active Directory and IBM AIX.

The new Discovery Dashboard aims to provide stakeholders with user-configurable summary reports that make it easy to see specific IT asset configurations, usage, and location details. With the Dashboard’s web interface, stakeholders instantly can see how much of their software portfolio is at risk for audits–or what assets can be redeployed to avoid new purchase costs.

Discovery 2005 also makes it easier for school systems to better understand their software assets. With the new Discovery Portal, district IT managers can see how many licenses are actually being used before negotiating a renewal contract; they can also dynamically access additional software information found on their networks, such as who developed it, whether it is licensable, and the software’s function.

Discovery 2005 has been independently tested and endorsed by NGS Consulting, which advises many federal and public-sector organizations on IT security. To date, Discovery is the only IT asset management solution to have achieved such a certification from NGS, Centennial says.

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