SOURCE: matrix42

November 19, 2008 16:06 ET

matrix42 Helps Companies Assess Risk in Latest Laptop Recall With Special Price on SME Inventory Product

Empirum Inventory Identifies PCs With Lithium-Ion Batteries That Pose Fire and Burn Hazard

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 19, 2008) - matrix42, developer of Empirum, a leading solution for IT Systems Management, is helping customers with a fast and easy way to identify laptops containing potentially dangerous Sony lithium-ion batteries. The Empirum Inventory product can auto-scan all network devices and quickly return a report on all laptops, giving complete information on user and location of notebooks with defective batteries. The recall illustrates the versatility and benefit of Empirum Inventory, which provides detail on all hardware and software in use. Designed for the small- to-midsized enterprise (SME) the newest Empirum 'SME' feature pack including Inventory, OS Installer, Software and Patch Management is available at special pricing until the end of the year.

Customers in the 2006 Sony battery recall used Empirum Inventory to discover the dangerous batteries in Dell notebooks. With the recent recall, once again the filter in the Empirum product helps ensure the safety of users and company assets by providing a powerful solution for IT operations to manage risk.

Routine asset inventory is a crucial part of IT management. Recalls and other risks to IT assets have far-reaching economic impact. The recent US recall involves about 35,000 PC notebook computers, and some 65,000 worldwide. A similar issue in 2006 resulted in a US recall of about 2.7 million battery packs (and an additional 1.5 million battery packs sold outside the US). At that time airlines prohibited certain computer brands on flights, resulting in financial loss from work delays, travel cost, and replacement and reconfiguration of defective notebooks. In today's economy, companies need careful risk management to protect against any unexpected costs and slow down of business operations, as well as standard regulatory and liability risks.

"Empirum inventory can determine in seconds which users have an HP, Dell or Toshiba notebook with the suspect battery so they can make a prompt exchange," explained Holger Maul, CEO of matrix42. "Otherwise, finding at-risk devices can be a time-consuming process for enterprises with potentially hundreds of notebook computers."

Empirum Inventory is part of maxtrix42's solutions for total IT lifecycle management of software and all networked devices. matrix42 products provide the automation of administrative and technical IT processes, including software distribution, inventory and configuration management. With a modular approach, matrix42 solutions provide full IT Service Management, enabling IT administrators to track application usage, manage product licensing, and easily manage hardware and software assets for optimal performance of business operations.

About Empirum

The newest Empirum 'SME' feature pack includes: Inventory, OS Installer, Software and Patch Management, either Personal Backup or Easy Recovery. The special pricing on the 'SME' pack is available until the end of the year. For more information, call +1 888-mx42-USA or email info@matrix42.com.

About matrix42

matrix42 is an independent software company and the developer of Empirum, a leading IT Life Cycle Management solution that allows companies to manage servers, desktops, laptops and mobile devices in a totally automated and highly efficient way. Companies such as BMW Switzerland, T-Systems, Gerling and ING-DiBa are among its many customers. matrix42 serves customers directly and through its international partner network. For more information, visit www.matrix42.com.

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