Novadigm Introduces Internet-Based Radia Inventory Manager and Expands Radia Product Line

Commerce One and Schlumberger are First Users of First WBEM Standards-Based

Tool for Digital Asset Inventory Tracking



Dec 04, 2000, 00:00 ET from Novadigm, Inc.

    EMERYVILLE, Calif., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ --
 Novadigm(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: NVDM), a leading provider of automated software and
 content management solutions for enterprise and Internet computing
 environments, today announced the release and availability of Internet-based
 Radia(R) Inventory Manager -- a new policy-driven, digital asset inventory
 tool that automatically discovers information about hardware and software, and
 consolidates the results into Web-based reports. Radia Inventory Manager is
 the latest addition to the Radia line of automated software and content
 management products.
     Radia Inventory Manager increases manageability of enterprise digital
 assets-applications, content and data-by dynamically collecting information
 from every device in the extended enterprise, including mobile dial-up
 computers and remote devices connecting via the Internet. With this
 announcement, Novadigm becomes one of the first end-to-end software and
 content management solution providers to incorporate a cross-platform WBEM/WMI
 standards-based tool for digital asset inventory management, delivering to
 enterprise customers even more robust management capability and ultimately
 resulting in enhanced cost reduction and improved service levels.
     "E-business demands have made the focus on software distribution
 critical," said Ronni Colville, Director of Research for Gartner, responsible
 for desktop management and deployment technology market analysis. "Beyond the
 firewall, what is being delivered includes more than just applications.
 E-distribution includes deploying and managing digital assets, which may
 include but are not limited to applications, content and data. Inventory
 remains a pivotal component to software configuration and to the success of
 software distribution and management."
 
     Solves Mystery of "What's Out There"
     "Knowledge of the precise capabilities of each device throughout a company
 is essential to advanced software management and the targeting of the right
 updates to the right devices," said George Kellar, Novadigm's vice president
 of marketing. "As information assets are increasingly untethered from fixed
 networks, keeping track of hardware and software inventories becomes more
 essential -- and more difficult. Radia Inventory Manager lets IT managers know
 'what's out there,' and how to manage their information infrastructure in
 anticipation of business demands."
     Radia Inventory Manager solves one of the greatest tribulations
 confronting large IT organizations -- the reconciliation of license agreements
 with software actually deployed throughout the enterprise. "The biggest
 mystery for many IT managers can be what software they have to purchase and
 support," said Pete Janssen, senior systems engineer for Commerce One, a
 leading provider of business-to-business e-commerce solutions, and an early
 adopter of Radia Inventory Manager.
     The centralized pooling of software licensing saves money by eliminating
 uncoordinated purchases, consolidating departmental purchases into larger
 corporate site licenses, efficiently re-assigning software usage rights as
 employees change roles, and allowing managers to budget accurately for future
 licensing requirements. At the same time, the presence of accurate inventory
 reports reduces the cost of annual corporate audits and eliminates potential
 liabilities for the use of unlicensed software.
     "The intelligence reports compiled by Radia Inventory Manager feed
 directly into our Radia Application Manager implementation," said Janssen. "It
 is expected that this comprehensive approach to software management will
 deliver a four-fold payback of our Radia investment in just one year, through
 accurate software licensing, the elimination of on-site installation visits,
 and a reduction in help desk calls."
     Schlumberger, a worldwide supplier of chip-based smart cards and of
 technical services to the energy sector, was one of Novadigm's first customers
 for Radia Inventory Manager. "We believe that the Radia Inventory Manager will
 be an invaluable tool for quickly and accurately tracking all of
 Schlumberger's enterprise-wide hardware and software assets in a centralized
 and automatic way," said Terry Mead, Radia project manager for Schlumberger.
 "The tool fills a significant hole left by many LAN-based audit systems by
 providing support across the WAN for end-user devices, including mobile
 users."
 
     Supports WBEM and WMI Standards, LDAP-compliant Directories
     For maximum precision, Radia Inventory Manager employs parallel collection
 techniques, including direct file system interrogation and the consuming of
 information produced by devices compliant with Microsoft Windows Management
 Instrumentation (WMI) or Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standards.
 Radia Inventory Manager also sleuths files, registries and desktop contents,
 and integrates the results of third-party asset data discovery tools. Flexible
 policies for routine or special audits can be linked to existing,
 LDAP-compliant directories, such as Microsoft Active Directory or Novell NDS.
 "We expect Radia Inventory Manager's policy-driven audit capability will save
 administrative costs by providing us the flexibility to use our existing LDAP
 directory to set audit criteria, and to schedule tightly focused inventory
 discoveries and software updates," said Schlumberger's Mead.
     IT administrators can schedule Radia Inventory Manager to conduct
 periodic, full-system audits of all applications, system software and hardware
 throughout the enterprise. They can also specify special audits to determine,
 for example, the hour-to-hour status of Windows services on a particular
 network server, or to discover available disk space on notebook computers used
 by remote sales representatives.
 
     Benefits and Features of Radia Inventory Manager
 
     -- Enhanced cost reduction and improved service levels, resulting from
        end-to-end software and content management, which incorporates
        comprehensive inventory discovery and reporting.
     -- Increased frequency of inventory information collecting, due to
        Novadigm e-wrap(TM)(TM) technology's "fractional differencing"
        techniques resulting in efficient use of network bandwidth. Increased
        inventory reporting enables more accurate planning and projecting for
        future needs and expenses.
     -- Protection of IT investment since Radia Inventory Manager can function
        as a single tool for inventory discovery through its adherence to
        cross-platform, cross-vendor WBEM/WMI standards.
     -- Reduced administration costs through flexible, policy-based data
        collection, which allows IT professionals to define tailored inventory
        discovery audits for specific enterprise audiences.
     -- Improved cost-management and legal-compliance of software licensing,
        through accurate tracking of applications throughout the extended
        enterprise.
     -- Local, off-line auditing of intermittently connected devices that
        reduces impact on mobile users at connect time, and improves
        efficiencies of transmission over network or dial-up connections.
     -- Centralized, web-based reporting that provides anytime, anywhere access
        to asset inventory information.
 
     Availability and Pricing
     Radia Inventory Manager is available now for server platforms including
 Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows NT, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX and
 Sun Solaris; and client platforms including Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows
 98, Windows NT, HP-UX, Solaris and Linux (Red Hat and Debian).
 Industry-standard databases, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase,
 Informix, and ODBC-compliant databases are also supported. For Radia Inventory
 Manager, the initial license fee for PC clients is $50 per user.
 
     About Novadigm
     Novadigm is a leading provider of software and content management
 solutions for enterprise and Internet computing environments that enable
 organizations to reduce software management costs, speed time-to-market and
 open new sources of revenue. Novadigm's suite of integrated products, based on
 the company's e-wrap(TM) technology, work seamlessly together as the only
 end-to-end solution that can efficiently, reliably and scalably deploy and
 manage the full range of today's software and content, personalized for a wide
 range of computing devices, across virtually any network. Novadigm customers
 -- Global 1000 business enterprises, software vendors and service providers
 around the world -- report software management savings of 80 percent or more,
 time-to-market improvements of 70 percent or more, and reliability typically
 greater than 99 percent. For more information on Novadigm, please visit
 www.novadigm.com or call 800-626-6682.
 
     NOTE:  Novadigm, Enterprise Desktop Manager, Radia and e-wrap are either
 trademarks or registered trademarks of Novadigm, Inc. All other product,
 trademark, company or service names mentioned herein are the property of their
 respective owners.
     This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
 of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
 Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain
 risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
 from historical results or anticipated results. All forward-looking statements
 included in this release are based upon information available to Novadigm as
 of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such
 forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements are subject to
 risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially
 from those anticipated.  The matters discussed in this press release also
 involve risks and uncertainties described from time to time in Novadigm's
 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see the
 Risk Factors described in the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
 March 31, 2000 and Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2000.
 
 

SOURCE Novadigm, Inc.
    EMERYVILLE, Calif., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ --
 Novadigm(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: NVDM), a leading provider of automated software and
 content management solutions for enterprise and Internet computing
 environments, today announced the release and availability of Internet-based
 Radia(R) Inventory Manager -- a new policy-driven, digital asset inventory
 tool that automatically discovers information about hardware and software, and
 consolidates the results into Web-based reports. Radia Inventory Manager is
 the latest addition to the Radia line of automated software and content
 management products.
     Radia Inventory Manager increases manageability of enterprise digital
 assets-applications, content and data-by dynamically collecting information
 from every device in the extended enterprise, including mobile dial-up
 computers and remote devices connecting via the Internet. With this
 announcement, Novadigm becomes one of the first end-to-end software and
 content management solution providers to incorporate a cross-platform WBEM/WMI
 standards-based tool for digital asset inventory management, delivering to
 enterprise customers even more robust management capability and ultimately
 resulting in enhanced cost reduction and improved service levels.
     "E-business demands have made the focus on software distribution
 critical," said Ronni Colville, Director of Research for Gartner, responsible
 for desktop management and deployment technology market analysis. "Beyond the
 firewall, what is being delivered includes more than just applications.
 E-distribution includes deploying and managing digital assets, which may
 include but are not limited to applications, content and data. Inventory
 remains a pivotal component to software configuration and to the success of
 software distribution and management."
 
     Solves Mystery of "What's Out There"
     "Knowledge of the precise capabilities of each device throughout a company
 is essential to advanced software management and the targeting of the right
 updates to the right devices," said George Kellar, Novadigm's vice president
 of marketing. "As information assets are increasingly untethered from fixed
 networks, keeping track of hardware and software inventories becomes more
 essential -- and more difficult. Radia Inventory Manager lets IT managers know
 'what's out there,' and how to manage their information infrastructure in
 anticipation of business demands."
     Radia Inventory Manager solves one of the greatest tribulations
 confronting large IT organizations -- the reconciliation of license agreements
 with software actually deployed throughout the enterprise. "The biggest
 mystery for many IT managers can be what software they have to purchase and
 support," said Pete Janssen, senior systems engineer for Commerce One, a
 leading provider of business-to-business e-commerce solutions, and an early
 adopter of Radia Inventory Manager.
     The centralized pooling of software licensing saves money by eliminating
 uncoordinated purchases, consolidating departmental purchases into larger
 corporate site licenses, efficiently re-assigning software usage rights as
 employees change roles, and allowing managers to budget accurately for future
 licensing requirements. At the same time, the presence of accurate inventory
 reports reduces the cost of annual corporate audits and eliminates potential
 liabilities for the use of unlicensed software.
     "The intelligence reports compiled by Radia Inventory Manager feed
 directly into our Radia Application Manager implementation," said Janssen. "It
 is expected that this comprehensive approach to software management will
 deliver a four-fold payback of our Radia investment in just one year, through
 accurate software licensing, the elimination of on-site installation visits,
 and a reduction in help desk calls."
     Schlumberger, a worldwide supplier of chip-based smart cards and of
 technical services to the energy sector, was one of Novadigm's first customers
 for Radia Inventory Manager. "We believe that the Radia Inventory Manager will
 be an invaluable tool for quickly and accurately tracking all of
 Schlumberger's enterprise-wide hardware and software assets in a centralized
 and automatic way," said Terry Mead, Radia project manager for Schlumberger.
 "The tool fills a significant hole left by many LAN-based audit systems by
 providing support across the WAN for end-user devices, including mobile
 users."
 
     Supports WBEM and WMI Standards, LDAP-compliant Directories
     For maximum precision, Radia Inventory Manager employs parallel collection
 techniques, including direct file system interrogation and the consuming of
 information produced by devices compliant with Microsoft Windows Management
 Instrumentation (WMI) or Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standards.
 Radia Inventory Manager also sleuths files, registries and desktop contents,
 and integrates the results of third-party asset data discovery tools. Flexible
 policies for routine or special audits can be linked to existing,
 LDAP-compliant directories, such as Microsoft Active Directory or Novell NDS.
 "We expect Radia Inventory Manager's policy-driven audit capability will save
 administrative costs by providing us the flexibility to use our existing LDAP
 directory to set audit criteria, and to schedule tightly focused inventory
 discoveries and software updates," said Schlumberger's Mead.
     IT administrators can schedule Radia Inventory Manager to conduct
 periodic, full-system audits of all applications, system software and hardware
 throughout the enterprise. They can also specify special audits to determine,
 for example, the hour-to-hour status of Windows services on a particular
 network server, or to discover available disk space on notebook computers used
 by remote sales representatives.
 
     Benefits and Features of Radia Inventory Manager
 
     -- Enhanced cost reduction and improved service levels, resulting from
        end-to-end software and content management, which incorporates
        comprehensive inventory discovery and reporting.
     -- Increased frequency of inventory information collecting, due to
        Novadigm e-wrap(TM)(TM) technology's "fractional differencing"
        techniques resulting in efficient use of network bandwidth. Increased
        inventory reporting enables more accurate planning and projecting for
        future needs and expenses.
     -- Protection of IT investment since Radia Inventory Manager can function
        as a single tool for inventory discovery through its adherence to
        cross-platform, cross-vendor WBEM/WMI standards.
     -- Reduced administration costs through flexible, policy-based data
        collection, which allows IT professionals to define tailored inventory
        discovery audits for specific enterprise audiences.
     -- Improved cost-management and legal-compliance of software licensing,
        through accurate tracking of applications throughout the extended
        enterprise.
     -- Local, off-line auditing of intermittently connected devices that
        reduces impact on mobile users at connect time, and improves
        efficiencies of transmission over network or dial-up connections.
     -- Centralized, web-based reporting that provides anytime, anywhere access
        to asset inventory information.
 
     Availability and Pricing
     Radia Inventory Manager is available now for server platforms including
 Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows NT, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX and
 Sun Solaris; and client platforms including Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows
 98, Windows NT, HP-UX, Solaris and Linux (Red Hat and Debian).
 Industry-standard databases, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase,
 Informix, and ODBC-compliant databases are also supported. For Radia Inventory
 Manager, the initial license fee for PC clients is $50 per user.
 
     About Novadigm
     Novadigm is a leading provider of software and content management
 solutions for enterprise and Internet computing environments that enable
 organizations to reduce software management costs, speed time-to-market and
 open new sources of revenue. Novadigm's suite of integrated products, based on
 the company's e-wrap(TM) technology, work seamlessly together as the only
 end-to-end solution that can efficiently, reliably and scalably deploy and
 manage the full range of today's software and content, personalized for a wide
 range of computing devices, across virtually any network. Novadigm customers
 -- Global 1000 business enterprises, software vendors and service providers
 around the world -- report software management savings of 80 percent or more,
 time-to-market improvements of 70 percent or more, and reliability typically
 greater than 99 percent. For more information on Novadigm, please visit
 www.novadigm.com or call 800-626-6682.
 
     NOTE:  Novadigm, Enterprise Desktop Manager, Radia and e-wrap are either
 trademarks or registered trademarks of Novadigm, Inc. All other product,
 trademark, company or service names mentioned herein are the property of their
 respective owners.
     This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
 of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
 Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain
 risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
 from historical results or anticipated results. All forward-looking statements
 included in this release are based upon information available to Novadigm as
 of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such
 forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements are subject to
 risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially
 from those anticipated.  The matters discussed in this press release also
 involve risks and uncertainties described from time to time in Novadigm's
 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see the
 Risk Factors described in the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
 March 31, 2000 and Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2000.
 
 SOURCE  Novadigm, Inc.