SOURCE: Ecora Software

Ecora Software

November 16, 2010 10:00 ET

Ecora Releases Auditor Professional v5

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) -  Ecora Software, the proven market-leader for IT configuration audit and analytics solutions, announces today the release of version 5 for Auditor Professional™. This release is a milestone in reinventing the product and an important step in the company's evolution in the enterprise applications space. It creates the foundation for a new architecture of the browser interface and accelerates new development functionality.

Auditor Professional discovers, collects, analyzes and reports system configuration data. It provides immediate value through pre-defined policies and rich reporting for effective configuration management and compliance with internal and external requirements, such as SOX, PCI, GLBA, FISMA/FISCAM, and HIPAA. With extensive systems and attributes coverage, it delivers some of the most expansive network and infrastructure documentation possible. Customers capture ROI by automating audits, accelerating IT problem resolution and disaster recovery processes.

Auditor Professional v5 replaces the legacy dashboards and reporting capabilities with the new Ecora Control Center (ECC). The ECC employs a Flex browser user interface with web-services back-end and a seamlessly integrated database. Using the ECC, multiple users can run reports and manage policies from the browser with user-specific access to modules and system groups.

The ECC's dashboard displays compliance with standard and custom policy settings and provides easy-to-navigate pie chart explanations. Detailed drill-downs are possible at any point of navigation with an ability to generate e-mail alerts triggering immediate defect resolution. The alerting functionality includes workflow capabilities and integrates with IT service management systems, such as Remedy and HP's Service Manager. Unlike previous versions, ECC captures historical data to record compliance changes over time. The ECC's streamlined configuration is far simpler compared to previous dashboard tools.

ECC also provides more powerful browser-based reporting. While it does not provide all the functionality of the Auditor Professional "thick" desktop client, it delivers a more intuitive navigation that appeals to users. Reports are easy to schedule and distribute and a planned Power ad-hoc reporting tool will soon deliver broad access to the most detailed configuration settings.

Auditor Professional v5 provides several important improvements to the core client-server system. Changes to the migration process exponentially accelerate upgrades. Customers no longer export and import data from version to version as the new database works seamlessly with new versions. Tasks that previously required a full day of effort for large customers now take minutes. Related database optimization also increases reporting speed.

Multi-threaded collections processing has improved data gathering speed. The major differentiating capability of Auditor Professional, its ability to collect data agentlessly, is even faster by removing multi-thread processing constraints. The improved algorithm increases the possible concurrent threads to speed and stabilize processes.

The next planned release, Auditor Professional v5.1, will soon follow, offering expanded system platform coverage. For example, the long anticipated upgrade of the VMWare module will accelerate the acceptance of Auditor Professional as a key ingredient of Cloud Architectures. "Together with our clients, we discover that configuration documentation and change management matter more in complex virtual environments, not less, especially given the relative novelty of the space," says Ecora's CEO, Atanas Popov. "We think that this may be a big growth area for us, and our new product architecture is well aligned for such developments."

Beginning in Q1 of 2011, Ecora plans to have an aggressive campaign to bring its large client-base to the latest version of its flagship Auditor Professional products. The updated architecture, multi-user dashboards, and innovative Enterprise Solutions product create a clear and powerful value proposition for customers.

About Ecora Software
Ecora Software provides configuration audit and compliance reporting solutions to customers worldwide, ensuring their IT infrastructures remain operationally effective, secure and compliant. As a crucial element integrated into an overall Business Service Management (BSM) strategy, Ecora is the market leader in transforming enterprise-wide configuration data into clear, actionable reports providing systemic evidence for regulatory compliance audits and enabling IT best practices. The Company's flagship solution, Auditor Professional, provides immediate value with its agent-less architecture, matched with rich report templates and pre-defined policies, providing the foundation for effective change and configuration management. Ecora Software prepares customers for any IT audit before the auditor arrives, taking the cost and complexity out of compliance audits and enabling IT best practices for more than thousands of customers across a wide range of industries, including many of the Fortune 1000. Please visit us online at

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