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May 2017 - xAssets and MacAulay-Brown at SOFIC

MacAulay-Brown, an established partner with xAssets, will be presenting at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) and will be at booth #1828.

IT Asset Management Network-Discovery (ITAM-ND)

The Asset Manager Network Discovery Software from MacB, powered by xAssets, enables organizations of all sizes to discover their network quickly without side effects and without deploying agents. The software includes a Configuration Management Database (CMDB) allowing Hardware Inventory, IT Asset Management, Software Asset Management and Software License Compliance from within a single browser application. Both small and large enterprises benefit from the configuration options and scalability offered by the software. Complex and unusual requirements can be met and new functionality can also be added.

Additionally, MacB President and CEO Sid Fuchs will attend the Senior Industry Executive Forum on Wednesday, May 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The large-company event is held each year for pre-selected senior executives including Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Presidents to discuss high-level initiatives, budgetary concerns and growth opportunities in today's defense environment. "For more than 25 years, the SOF community has relied on MacB to provide innovative engineering and technical services in support of the most challenging and ever-changing mission requirements," said Mr. Fuchs. "Company analysts, engineers, scientists, trainers and other experts work diligently behind-the-scenes to ensure that our proven technology, cybersecurity and system designs effectively support Special Operations Forces around the globe." To learn more about MacB's advanced engineering, technical and innovative cybersecurity services, visit us at Booth #1828 during the four-day conference.

About MacAulay-Brown

MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) provides advanced engineering, cybersecurity, IT Asset Management and product solutions to the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), Special Operations Forces (SOF), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Agencies.

About SOFIC

The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) is the premier venue for the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community to interact with industry and to collaborate on the challenges, initiatives and way-ahead in delivering the most cutting-edge capabilities into the hands of SOF operators.

SOFIC provides educational sessions, demonstrations, interaction with exhibitors and many networking opportunities across the SOF community. SOFIC is the single most important opportunity to continue developing, nurturing and exercising the growing network across industry, government and academia and international partners. By leveraging the depth, breadth and diversity of this network the SOF community the SOF community can boost its velocity, multiply its iterations and increase the variety of capabilities to meet the changing demands of its operators.

For industry participants SOFIC provides a multitude of significant opportunities for networking, business intelligence, brand promotion and product demonstration. Participants are offered detailed insights and tips on how to do business with the U.S. Special Operations Command, and information on what capabilities are most desired by the community.

The features of SOFIC include keynote speakers, led by U.S. Special Forces Command, panel discussions and educational breakout sessions, exhibits and demonstrations, the USSOCOM Marketplace, two Senior Industry Executive Forums, and a Wednesday evening reception.

February 2017 - xAssets Announces Plans for Version 7.1

We are pleased to announced the forthcoming release of our Asset Management Software Version 7 later this year.

This represents a comprehensive rewrite of the successful Version 6 software and includes the following capabilities

  • Fast, slick and easy to use user interface
  • Using the latest web tech including single page applications
  • Massive performance and scalability increases
  • Support for all browsers including mobile devices
  • Very powerful, flexible and fast configuration toolset
  • Visual Basic style scripting language behind the web pages
  • Upgrade path for version 6 customers

The first release will be to our SDS service in June, with subsequent releases in order of Network Discovery, ITAM and SAM, and finally Fixed Asset Management

October 2016 - xAssets Establishes Relationship with MacAulay-Brown

xAssets and MacAulay-Brown have built a deep vendor-partner relationship offering the rich and broad functionality of xAssets solutions to DoD and related entities.

About MacAulay-Brown

MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) provides advanced engineering, cybersecurity, IT Asset Management and product solutions to the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), Special Operations Forces (SOF), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Agencies.

For more than 37 years, MacB has been solving some of the Nation's most complex National Security challenges. We are committed to delivering mission-critical capabilities in the areas of Intelligence and Analysis, Cybersecurity, Secure Cloud Engineering, Research and Development, Integrated Laboratories, Information Technology and Life Cycle Management. The Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security and Federal Agencies rely on our innovative and proven advanced engineering services, cybersecurity, and product solutions to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. With Corporate Headquarters in Dayton, Ohio and National Capital Headquarters in Vienna, Virginia, our more than 1,500 employees worldwide are dedicated to developing mission-focused and results-oriented solutions that make a difference where and when it matters most.

October 2015 - xAssets Remote API

xAssets has created a new Remote API which is intended to ease development for customers and developers needing to integrate, federate or otherwise link to xAssets in a hosted environment.

Although the xAssets API was already available for this kind of development, it required specific knowledge of SOAP and the API specifications, this client API wraps up the SOAP and WSDL calls so that developers simply call into a local .NET 4 DLL to issue web services commands. The interface is very simple with only four published methods to get and save data.

In addition, the remote API exposes a new programming language - xAssets Remote Scripting Language XRSL, which enables most integration requirements that would normally require an API program call to be developed without any Visual Basic or C# programming whatsoever. The language support scenarios such as API commands to get data, reading and writing from files, conditional processing and variables, HTTPGET from any web resource, and API commands to save data and run xAssets Transformations with parameters.

The API also supports Sql-to-Sql integration across the internet. Without exposing ports the technology can pull standard API requests and write the returned data into a local Sql Server database at the client end, allowing integration tools to access this data via simple cross-database Sql Statements. This means that no programming is required to pull data from file structures into each tool being integrated with where the tool only accepts Sql integration.

xAssets Remote API Flowchart
A typical flowchart of xAssets Remote API used for Sql to Sql integration across the web. This was done with 12 lines of script code.

This new technology is a substantial complement to our existing rapid application development framework and will facilitate much quicker development of integrations without having to have the xAssets database on the same network as the systems being integrated with.

June 2015 - xAssets Enterprise Version 6.3.71 Released

Version 6.3.71 is now released and includes the following changes

  • Software Discovery Service has been optimised for much greater performance in discovery
  • Queries now support a context, allowing more specific functionality surrounding a query
  • Financials now supports currencies requiring more than two decimal places
  • Software recognition updates

October 2015 : Andersen Tax Case Study Released

Andersen Tax required an ITAM solution for efficient generation of assets both manually and through third-party data source integration and customized notifications, reports and lifecycle processes.

Click here to visit the case study page

August 2015 : Saint Gobain Case Study Released

Saint-Gobain APAC implemented xAssets for SCCM to develop a system that offers full visibility of IT asset infrastructure at location, country and enterprise levels with each user having specific access levels.

Click here to visit the case study page

April 2015 : xAssets Enhances SCCM

Learn how xAssets leverages SCCM collected data in combination with our own extended discovery and integration capabilities to create a holistic view of all your IT assets with comprehensive reporting and full asset lifecycle functionality.

Click here to read more : xAssets IT Asset Management/SCCM Connector ™

January 2015 : IT Asset Management Practices - A Key Component Of Server Migration

In April of 2012 Microsoft announced that support for Windows Server 2003 would end on April 14, 2014, and the only two supported server operating systems would be Windows Server 2008/R2 and Windows Server 2012.

Why is this a big deal, and why should IT managers care?

Click here to read more : IT Asset Management Practices - A Key Component Of Server Migration