Novell has agreed to acquire IT asset management company Tally Systems for an undisclosed sum in order to expand its Zenworks product line.

Tally Systems offers tools for discovery and inventory, licence management and analysis of software use and trends. Novell said it wanted to use Tally's technologies to bolster its Zenworks system management offerings to give customers a greater ability to track systems and information across the enterprise.

Tally Systems claimed to have its products licensed on over 10 million PCs and 15,000 Web sites. It offers products with capabilities such as patch management, application self-healing and software deployment.

The transaction is due to close in April, Novell said.