Panasonic Electronic Devices Corporation of America (PEDCA)
purchased xAssets Enterprise in early 2005 to centralize their IT
Asset Management function and is still in constant use 14 years later.
PEDCA runs three main manufacturing facilities with each
facility containing a number of manufacturing plants. Each plant
has its own budget for Software License purchasing and other
asset acquisitions Software compliance status and reporting
became a priority for the management teams at the plant,
facility, country and global levels.
Software Asset Management at PEDCA was difficult to control.
There was no easy way of establishing which applications were
installed and the software license compliance position at each cost center
could not be established. PEDCA wanted an application
that could encapsulate Discovery, Hardware Asset Management,
Software Asset Management, and replace the existing
Track-IT help desk system into a single solution.
Technicians evaluating xAssets Discovery were impressed by its
speed, low network bandwidth, and zero footprint on the end
user computer. Discovery could discover hundreds of desktops
in minutes, including a hard disk scan, without making changes
to the client.
Panasonic required an application which could discover and
count software titles, and classify and track purchases. Assignment
of purchased software assets to specific desktops was a
core requirement – this is supported within the xAssets Enterprise
Software Asset Management
xAssets Enterprise was installed in March 2005 and Network
Discovery was quickly completed. Software license purchases
were entered through manual input, and from spreadsheet data
loads using the Enterprise integration engine.
Software license reports were customized to Panasonic’s
Software compliance reports are sent to senior management in
Japan and to each plant and facility on a monthly basis, and
ad-hoc compliance reports on specific locations, cost centers,
specific software titles or specific users can be produced whenever
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