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IBM has released two new products in its Tivoli line--and has scheduled the ship date of a third--designed to further automate IT management and boost IBM's push into the autonomic-computing arena.
License Manager 1.1, available now, helps IT managers prove that the enterprise is complying with all aspects of software licensing and usage.
License Manager is built on WebSphere and runs on Windows, Solaris, and Unix. It scans all environments, presents near-real-time and historical software usage information, and lets administrators create license pools for metering and forced compliance. The product can, for instance, help enforce usage limits by preventing the launch of applications when seats are exceeded.
Identity Manager 4.4, scheduled to ship in late December, centralizes all user information, including user definitions, rights, and privileges, across the enterprise.
Managers can use its embedded workflow engine to automate the user-rights submission-and-approval process. Other key features of Identity Manager allow user definitions and access control to be propagated throughout a company automatically; let top-ranked administrators decide who in the organization can add, delete, modify, or view users; and allow the offloading of some tasks to users. Users can, for instance, employ Identity Manager's self-service interfaces to do relatively straightforward chores, such as password resets, without consulting the IT help desk.
Records Manager 2.0, which debuted Wednesday and is available for download from the Tivoli Web site, integrates with IBM's own Content Manager and lets an IT staff apply corporate record and retention policies across a company's line of business applications.
Records Manager provides a one-stop location for classifying E-records, lets IT apply automatic rules for record classification (to force document retention and prevent user intervention), and includes a Lifecycle designer for defining different types of records life cycles that are then applied by Manager.
Most important, Records Manger works hand in hand with Content Manager (and non-IBM systems) to E-record-enable any business application. Once an application is E-enabled, users can classify documents from within the app itself, and, if those records have reached the end of their life cycle, destroy them.