Beyond.com Adds License Tracking

WASHINGTON (04/18/2000) - 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, California-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.

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