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IT is Not Your Internet Cop

A comprehensive reporting module is a “must have” with any employee Internet management solution. The reporting module’s purpose is to synthesize raw data and turn it into information that can be easily understood and used by MANAGERS to manage their employees. The amount of time and labor cost a user spends at sports related Web sites is an example of an informative report. The number of violations to your organization’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy is another. Reports should provide information graphically and numerically and should be able to be scheduled to be run and distributed automatically. Advanced features like report customization and distributed reporting can also be beneficial. In large or growing organizations you may want to have managers run their own reports however you may want to limit you manager’s visibility to data of only those employees for which they are responsible.

Total cost of ownership, or TCO, is something that is thrown about fairly regularly in the IT world. TCO refers to all the costs for selecting, purchasing, installing, maintaining and updating an application, piece of hardware or network device in your environment. The last thing your IT administrator wants is to babysit an employee Internet control system and become the Internet police. Your employee Internet monitoring solution should be easy to configure, automatically maintain its list of Web Filters, update itself with new program patches and automatically generate and distribute reports to managers and key stakeholders.

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