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Application/License Trending and Planning

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jul 6, 2016 11:29:08 AM

In a previous blog post, we discussed that granular use data supports a number of use cases to justify the cost of implementing and maintaining the data collection process. This post will focus on the value of trending data and how it can apply to short-, medium- and long-term planning. We’ve selected three use cases based on analyses we’ve had from customers and prospective partners. These are:

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Process Meter V3 Released

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jun 29, 2016 2:38:14 PM

Application deployment and licensing has evolved from standalone applications to include concurrent/metered licenses, enterprise licenses, cloud-delivered licensing, cloud-server batch, browser-based applications, and APIs. Existing monitoring solutions using license log files can’t monitor and report on applications that receive licenses from outside the enterprise. New approaches to application use monitoring are required to provide the use data enterprises need for license cost reduction and application use optimization.  

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License Cost Reduction Use Cases

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jun 23, 2016 4:18:34 PM

In our last blog post, we said we were going to look at some of the Use Cases associated with license cost reduction. Reducing license costs assumes there is an overabundance of license availability/capacity relative to the actual need. Different vendors have different licensing approaches, and may have multiple approaches depending on their license or application types. The common elements that enterprises need to understand in order to determine if and how much over-licensing exists are:

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Who’s Using What Application for How Long?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on May 20, 2016 8:08:27 PM

This is the fourth in a series of posts in which we discuss the application use reporting question, “Who is using what application and for how long?” In our last post we discussed data attribute issues around “For how long.” In this post we’ll look at some of the use case categories our customers need addressed.

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For How Long?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on May 9, 2016 2:19:35 PM

This is the third in a series of posts in which we discuss the application use reporting question, “Who is using what application and for how long?” Last post we discussed some of the issues with gathering and reporting on the attributes of identifying “What is the application.” This post we’ll look at data attribute issues around “For how long.” In our next post we’ll look at some of the use cases.

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What is the Application?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on May 5, 2016 7:53:54 PM

This is the second in a series of posts that address the application use reporting question, “Who is using what application and for how long?” Last week we discussed some of the issues with identifying “who.” This week we’ll discuss the “what is the application” aspect of the question.

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Who is the user?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on May 3, 2016 3:07:20 PM
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I just want to know who is using what application, and for how long

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Apr 25, 2016 7:21:50 PM

 

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Monitoring as a Service

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Mar 28, 2016 7:24:03 PM

Changes to software packaging and pricing are impacting application reseller revenues and forcing changes to their business model. Subscription licenses reduce perpetual license revenue by two-thirds up-front. New browser-based applications are typically easier to use and have a lower cost than equivalent packaged applications. Significant capital expenditures for software required management approval by several management levels. Many organizations thus packaged software and services to help justify the level of effort needed for approval, leading to larger projects and idle. Subscriptions, in contrast, aren’t capital expenditures so organizations are less inclined to make projects larger than needed. Enterprises can order software as needed, and need implementation and training support in smaller chunks.

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Real time is the next step in Software Asset Optimization

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Mar 15, 2016 5:07:00 PM

Software Asset Optimization today is not actionable and is primarily addressed by solutions that use historical data to “look back” by providing usage information from registry readers or log files. Registry readers/scanners report the last time an application was used, but not usage duration. License server log file reading reporting tools provide historical usage information, but only for applications with concurrent user licenses. License server providers such as Flexera come closest to providing actionable information because they let the user organization release inactive licenses. Judging from the number of posts on the Autodesk Community Forums, changing the options files to release licenses is not as easy as it sounds.

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