Spiceworks, a developer of management tools for small and medium businesses, has incorporated social network management functions in its network management and help desk system. As reported on Information Week, in the latest release of its management tool, the vendor included People View, a function that outlines how employees use IT resources. The profile page depicts what technology assets, cloud services, account data and business information each employee works with.
“An IT Profile page depicts what technology assets, cloud services, account data and business information each employee works with. With one click, network administrators can identify a user’s system, Rackspace login, or recently requested purchase items. The feature includes Active Directory Integration. The People View features have been integrated with other Spicework’s interfaces: inventory, monitoring, helpdesk and network mapping. In addition, a password reset feature enables administrators to reset employees’ passwords more easily, and support staff can now remotely reset passwords through an end-user portal.
“Spiceworks took a novel approach to delivering management tools to small and medium businesses. Rather than a traditional licensing model, the company offers its software for free and generates revenue through an advertising based model. Founded in 2006, the vendor claims that more than 1 million IT professionals and 150,000 IT service providers rely on its product to manage their networks.”