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May 2017 - xAssets position on the SAP-diageo ruling

From this Computer Weekly article

"The High Court in London has ruled in favour of SAP and against Diageo in an indirect licensing case concerning the use of mySAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software on a Salesforce platform."

xAssets is pleased to inform its customers that any staff having access to data through other applications, spreadsheets, documents or other media, which is also stored in a xAssets application, have a full and unequivocal right to use such data without restriction. You do not need an xAssets user license to see this data, you only need a xAssets user license to be able to log in to our applications.

In other words, "IT'S YOUR DATA".

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 - xAssets Enterprise Version 6.3.68 Released

Version 6.3.68 is now released and includes the following changes

  • Integration with Insight License Manager (I:LA) is now part of the product
  • Data Entry - F9 will now auto fill a date field with todays date (and time if it is a datetime field)
  • IBM Serial Numbers are now parsed by the discovery loader to extract the actual serial number from the text
  • Additional processor capacity data fields are now pulled from Microsoft System Center 2012 (SCCM 2012)
  • New Virtual Host to Guest Reports have been added
  • Last boot-up time is now captured by Discovery
  • Improved ESX discovery and recognition
  • Software Recognition Updates
  • SNMP Recognition updates
  • xAssets Remote API and an associated scripting language

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

October 2015 - New Website Released

xAssets has redeveloped this website and it was released on 3rd October 2015. The site has been rewritten for a more modern appearance, and includes responsive mobile device support through Bootstrap, Visual Studio 2015 and the latest version of Microsoft.NET. The site also has integration to our hosted web service which customers will use in future to connect to xAssets web based services, and share some common library infrastructure with our major product release due mid 2016.

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 - CIDC Reports for Microsoft Trueup Reporting

xAssets Network Discovery now includes the Microsoft Clean Inventory Data Contract (CIDC) Reports.

xAssets is the preferred tool for a number of Microsoft Large Account Resellers (LARs) to conduct enterprise network based audits to true up software licensing for large enterprise customers. We have implemented Microsoft CIDC Reports directly into our SDS service (Software Discovery Service), and also into our Network Discovery tool, enabling customers and partners to immediately access that data during audits.

xAssets executes over 600 audits per year and customers typically range in size from 500 to well over 20,000 PC endpoints. We recently completed a 12,500 node audit in just 10 days and the CIDC reports were instantly accessible to conclude the audit.

For more information on our Software Discovery Service, click here.

March 2015 - Support for Windows 10

xAssets Network Discovery has been fully tested with Windows 10 and is fully compatible with this version.

No upgrades are necessary, all versions implemented after September 2010 will discover Windows 10 correctly without needing an update (although some systems would need their software recognition updated - hosted customers and most local implementations are kept up to date automatically).

We also tested performance in discovering Windows 10. Discovery times for Windows 10 are similar to other Windows Versions, about 0.5 seconds for a clean machine, 4 seconds for a machine with a lot of software installed and ~2 years of history, and up to about 10 seconds for a "bloater" machine with hundreds of software titles installed.

July 2014 - Microsoft Certification Passed

xAssets Network Discovery has now passed the Microsoft Certified for Windows Server 2012 testing protocols.

Version 6.3.62 is now released with software recognition updates and performance improvements for customer sites with very large data volumes of tree structured reference data.

Microsoft Certified for Windows Server 2012