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Cary Company Offers Special Software To 'Monitor' Computer Usage

Posted August 8, 2001

— Companies spend lots of money on computers and other electronic tools. Often it is hard to keep up with where it is being used and how. A Cary company helps them do that with special software programs.

Tangram Enterprise Solutions

helps 24 of the Fortune 100 companies keep track of millions of desktop and notebook computers, PDAs and associated equipment. Special software automatically tracks information about each machine on corporate networks and it feeds back to the IT departments.

"Companies are responsible for making sure that they've purchased the right number of licenses. Companies are responsible for what their employees do on their desktops in terms of bringing in software from home," says chief technology officer Steve Kuekes.

The FBI lost or misplaced more than 180 computers. Tangram software will not help find stolen or lost equipment, but it will send an early warning.

"If those machines quit reporting in then something's wrong with the machine and it's missing," Kuekes says.

Computers are assets of companies and governments. Asset management software like that from Tangram makes managing those assets more efficient.

"We're freeing up people's time in the IT department to do important things rather than the run-of-the-mill stuff," Kuekes says.

Tangram is the second-largest asset management company. Its programs are being used by North Carolina state government to keep track of computer equipment. Soon, the company will also keep tabs on wireless devices.

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