July 11, 2003

Lucida and Software Spectrum Form Strategic Alliance


Software Spectrum to resell Lucida Supercharger™ for Microsoft® SMS, which gives the SMS user unprecedented, easy access to and flexible reporting control of SMS configuration and asset management information

San Jose, CA - July 11, 2003 - Lucida Inc., www.lucida.com, a leading provider of business performance management software solutions, and Software Spectrum, a global provider of business software services and a subsidiary of Level 3 Communications, today announced a strategic alliance whereby Software Spectrum will resell the Lucida Supercharger for Microsoft SMS software solution for ultimate SMS reporting flexibility.

"We are pleased to enter into this strategic business alliance with Software Spectrum," said Yasu Toyoshima, Lucida's chief executive officer. "We look forward to providing Software Spectrum customers with Lucida's best-of-breed business performance management software solutions."

The Solution

Microsoft's Systems Management Server (SMS) provides centralized software distribution, asset management, and remote troubleshooting over enterprise networks. However, SMS offers limited reporting options, which can prove to be inflexible and difficult to use. Lucida's SMS Supercharger extends and enhances SMS reporting to allow you to instantly and easily create your own ad hoc reports or use one of many available report templates-all using a standard Web browser.


With SMS Supercharger, you design your own reports using a simple wizard and Web browser. You can then freely manipulate these values in an Excel* spreadsheet, adding any standard spreadsheet formulas or functions for empowered analysis, decision-making, and management control.


The SMS Supercharger goes beyond enhancing SMS reporting capabilities by also allowing you to display data from other data sources. The user can easily correlate lease and depreciation data for any assets tracked by SMS and display this data in the same report. Also, the user can include information about other assets not tracked by SMS, such as UNIX workstations, for a complete asset management system.


Finally, the user can define event-threshold alarms and determine what action the event notification will take, whether e-mail, cell phone/pager message, or a message to another application. You may want, for example, SMS Supercharger to automatically notify you if a system is deployed on the network, which does not have an approved configuration.


Lucida Supercharger for Microsoft SMS leverages your current IT investment by extracting only necessary data from SMS and disparate data sources, including from the network itself, and delivering it to you in a customizable Web-based dashboard.


  • Leverage your existing SMS software investment instead of replacing it
  • Improve productivity by providing faster, more complete, custom, and ad hoc SMS reports, which lets you accomplish more in less time
  • Define your own exception-based alerts for instant e-mail/ pager notification of deployed equipment with an unapproved configuration
  • Automatically include data from other data sources, for lease, depreciation, or complete asset management



Lucida Supercharger for Microsoft SMS is an application, which runs on Lucida Insight and includes these core features:


  • Real-time database, which aggregates, stores and manages your key business information in addition to SMS data
  • User-defined, Web-enabled spreadsheet directly linked to the SMS database
  • Easy-to-use wizards for ease of installation, configuration, database connection, scheduling, and business action alerts.
  • Shared/public and private folder support
  • The ability not just to download data, but also to upload data to the database at the same time.
  • Business-action triggers, such as automatically sending out e-mail or sending a cell phone message based on a user-defined event thresholds
  • Library functions for automatically monitoring, measuring and collecting data from disparate data sources
  • Full administrative and security features
  • Graphs of key metrics tracked in the spreadsheet


For more information contact Lucida Sales at 408.546.2130 or visit www.lucida.com

About Software Spectrum

Software Spectrum is one of the largest global distributors of business-to-business software specializing in enterprise software management, licensing and support. It sells and manages software products from Microsoft, IBM/Lotus, Symantec, Adobe Systems and other leading software publishers. The company markets to large and mid-size enterprises through sales offices and operations centers in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, including approximately 70% of the Fortune 500 and 53% of the Global 500.
Software Spectrum operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Level 3 Communications, Inc., an international communications and information services company.

*Microsoft Systems Management Server, SMS, and Excel are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.