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>> July 2006: We are very pleased to welcome our new South African partner, Azcom.

>> May 2006: We are very pleased to welcome our new Canadian partner, Telecom Computer of Burlington, Ontario. Telecom is a $100 million reseller and has already placed its first systemhound orders.

>> April 2006: PQplus brewing well. IBM Denmark have ordered PQplus Unix Print Spooling software on behalf of a world famous Danish brewery.

>> April 2006: Congratulations to our Dutch partner who has just placed one of the largest ever orders for systemhound for 26000 seats!

>> March 2006: We know the way to Amarillo! Three USA Departments of Labor in the South and the Mid-West have ordered twelve copies of BQplus on AIX and Solaris.

>> February 2006: systemhound new orders this month from 13 countries including India, Finland, Panama and Indonesia

>> December 2005: The Italian Ministry of Culture has adopted BQplus as its standard scheduler on AIX.

>> September 2005: Another leading UK bank implements BQplus in a major Unix rollout.

>> May 2005: Orders for BQplus have been received this month from a leading UK financial institution and an Italian government department.

>> November 2004: Sigma3 have joined us as a new systemhound reseller for Singapore.

>> November 2004: In the last quarter we have received orders for our BQplus Unix job scheduling software from Canada, Italy, a leading UK high street bank and a well known UK travel company.

>> November 2004: We have received new orders for BMC PATROL from a city law firm, an international cosmetics company and one of the world’s best known media companies.

>> October 2004: More S.A have joined us as the new systemhound reseller for Chile.

>> August 2004: Case study on how one US hospital saves time and money with systemhound. Read more here (pdf document).

>> June 2004: IT World Enterprise Networking newsletter puts the spotlight on systemhound:


James Gaskin You may have heard one of your executives with an MBA proclaim "you can't manage what you can't measure." If you have trouble getting budget approval for desktop inventory and software distribution tools, enlist that exec for your budget request. Advertisement On this topic

A variety of companies make software tools to a) inventory the hardware and software of all your desktops and/or b) roll software out to said desktops. But Systemhound from Software Innovation ( adds two interesting twists in their product.

First, as all good products today, Systemhound is Web based. You provide a server with Microsoft's IIS (Internet Information Server) and it will build all the reporting and administration interfaces for you. I recommend keeping this as an internal-only application (it's not Systemhound I'm worried about).

Second, they are ready to sell and support their software across every continent where you're likely to have offices. They price their product in US Dollars, Pounds, Euros, and Australian Dollars (I guess you Canadians are out of luck, but since Software Innovation is British, I bet they'd help you).

Pricing starts at $5 US Dollars per license and comes in 75 user packs (it's definitely for the medium to large business). That's a fair price, and one that should get under your "measure to manage" executive's pain threshold.

The "measure" part of the product is obvious, but may not get funded even when you pin down the executive. However, the recent news will help your budget process once again if you leverage it correctly.

How much is it worth to your management to list every spyware application resident on your desktop systems? How about virus executables? Getting a complete list of every file on your desktops, then sorting by name, will pop those malware parasites up far enough even executives can't ignore them. And Systemhound will update the listings automatically and constantly.

If you don't have inventory software, check this out. If you do, get proactive and start showing executives the summary reports for security concerns, such as un-patched desktops, on a regular basis.

Be sure to arrange the reports into pie charts. Execs love color pie charts.


James E. Gaskin writes books (13 so far), articles and jokes about technology and real life from his home office in the Dallas area. Gaskin has been helping small and medium sized businesses use technology intelligently since 1986. Write him at

>> May 2004: Software Innovations welcomes Acutech Network Solutions as channel partner in the US.

>> April 2004: Software Innovations celebrates 1000th systemhound customer with a free 3 year support contract!

>> March 2004: BQplus batch scheduler adopted as standard by major retailer. Software Innovations to plan and coordinate 6-month rollout.

>> February 2004: Software Innovations wins major PATROL services contract with global outsourcing giant
        Software Innovations partners with X.Technology Inc in the US.

>> January 2004: T-Soft of Israel adopts BQplus batch scheduler as the standard for its Umbrella Suite. Umbrella is a carrier-class service assurance solution for network service providers, mobile operators and very large enterprises to auto discover end-to-end network resources, analyze network capacity, monitor network inventory & growth and manage resource performance in a multi-vendor, multi-technology and multi-layer network.
        We welcome PT KYROS and ODEC Ltd as channel representatives of Indonesia and Egypt respectively.

>> December: Software Innovations completes successful pilot of BMC PATROL and beings implementation for Video Networks to monitor Windows and Informix (Video Networks is a leading provider of broadband entertainment through its interactive TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and Internet services under the brand name HomeChoice). (Video Networks is a leading provider of broadband entertainment through its interactive TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and Internet services under the brand name HomeChoice).
        Software Innovations awarded major PATROL services contract for City financial institution.

>> November: Software Innovations implements Centre Parcs web infrastructure monitoring using BMC's PATROL Express.
        A warm welcome to our latest resellers, Tecnosystem who will market systemhound in Chile, and GSAA in South Carolina, USA.

>> September: PC Pro awards systemhound 5 stars in its November issue! See the latest issue of PC Pro for the full review!

>> August: Software Innovations begins implementating PATROL for the technology arm of a major media company.

>> June: New customers: Nestle, BAE Systems, TNT Post Group and Aga Khan University ... Record month for systemhound sales.

>> May: New partners this month: SSI of Peru, Hanze of Poland, AVIR of Slovakia, Netwise of Canada and Softmall of Finland.
        New customers: Creative Labs UK Ltd, Deutsche Boerse Systems AG, Siemens Demag Delaval, Stanley Casinos...

>> April: In the press: "War-Related Spam Skyrocketed Following America's Entry Into Iraq"

>> March: New partners this month: BLS Italia, Softchoice of Canada, Telsul Telecomunicações of Brazil and Pacific France.
        New customers: IBM, Saab, Sony, City of Copenhagen.
        SurfControl Web Filter receives a glowing review in SC Online Magazine! Read it here.

>> February: Brighton and South Downs Health Trust standardise on systemhound for asset management. The implementation of systemhound will initially cover 4000 PCs.
        SurfControl E-mail Filter receives a glowing review in SC Online Magazine! Read it here.

>> January 2003: Software Innovations form partnership with SurfControl, adding their leading web and e-mail content filtering solutions to our portoflio.
        In the press - ZDNet: "Spam levels skyrocket in UK"

>> December: Software Innovations user forum goes live:

>> November: Software Innovations welcomes Firstbank Corporation, USA who say:
"It is a pleasure to do business with a company that is so responsive to customers needs even after the sale has been made.".

>> October: Software Innovations welcomes AT&T, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, TNT and FedEx Corporation as new customers.

>> September: systemhound version 3.1 is released. Over 100,000 licences sold in 2002.

>> August: Software Innovations introduce PATROL and beat Microsoft OM at major international law firm.

>> July: Software Innovations Professional services perform PATROL audit across 300 servers.

>> June: systemhound continues amazing growth. New channels established in New Zealand, China, Singapore, Malaysia and The Phillipines.

>> May: BQplus customer survey reveals over 1,000,000 production jobs are processed by the scheduler every month.
>> Sales of systemhound have been pouring in from all corners of the globe. This month sees Australia, India, UK, Belgium and from the US - NY, California, Texas, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Florida.

>> April: Australian State Department standardises on BQplus for job scheduling on UNIX.

>> March: 6 month enterprise-wide PATROL implementation across 1000 NT and Solaris servers successfully completed.

>> February: BQplus is implemented at another major UK clearing bank.

>> January 2002: Troika Software Inc. of Houston, Texas sign up as resellers of systemhound. Troika’s leading product is the renowned helpdesk software Resolve IT! and systemhound will now be marketed by Troika’s worldwide reseller network. Software Innovations are also working jointly with Troika on the integration of systemhound with Resolve IT! so that helpdesk users can obtain full hardware and software details on any PC at the click of a mouse. Debbie Fender, Troika’s Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator says:
“There is real synergy between systemhound and Resolve IT! .. two very best of breed products .. and we are delighted to be able to offer systemhound to our worldwide Resolve IT! customer base".

>> December: Nathan Browning, from BDO Guernsey, is the lucky winner of the Compaq iPaq in the recent systemhound survey competition.
>> systemhound v3.0 is released. Major features include hardware change reporting, CSV functionality, and remote install.
>> A major BMC PATROL implementation is currently underway for a top five clearing bank in the UK.

>> November: IT.COM is held in Bangalore, India 1-5 Nov. Although slightly subdued due to present world events, it was still a success and systemhound, on show at the event, impressed everyone who saw it.
>> BQplus job scheduler implemented on Solaris and AIX by another leading UK bank.

>> October: PATROL is in demand as we carry out new installations for clients in Cambrige and London.
>> BQplus job scheduler is implemented by the University Library in Palermo, Sicily.
>> Software Innovations on-line shop is launched.

>> September: IT reseller Foresight Marketing, based in Bangalore, Madras and Hyderabad, have signed up to market systemhound in India. Visit 1-5 Nov in Bangalore and see systemhound in action!

>> August 2001: We are currently undertaking one of the largest UK PATROL implementations to date on hundreds of Solaris, VMS and Windows servers for a major city financial institution.
>> systemhound easy-audit edition is released! This version of systemhound features built-in reporting with no need for Microsoft SQL or IIS.






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