Beyond.com adds license tracking
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Apr 17, 2000
Beyond.com recently released the latest version of its Enterprise Download
Manager with a new license-tracking feature.
The feature enables agency network administrators or purchasing agents
to perform queries by user, machine or product, to find the latest software
licensing data for that agency.
"The license-tracking database can be queried using basic [World Wide
Web browsers] to find information — like you have 500 licenses and have
used 489, or you have 500 and have used 512 and need an upgrade," said John
Gaudin, product manager for government services at Santa Clara, Calif.-based
Beyond.com. "Users can go to a URL and generate reports on certain products,
which users have which products."
EDM 3.1 enables automatic and secure delivery via the Internet of software
including applications, updates, service packs and bug fixes. It has been
used by the federal government for three years, including the departments
of Defense, Commerce and Treasury.
Other new features in EDM 3.1 include enhanced access management that allows
administrators to form groups of users and products; a remodeled Web-based
user interface for easier navigation; a new search engine; multiple browser
support; Extensible Markup Language-based architecture that enables fast
additions of new features; the ability to save in a variety of formats,
such as Microsoft Corp.'s Excel, HTML, plain text and XML; department
name management; and the ability for administrators to add their own products.