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Real Time Application Use Data Visualization – APIs and Granular Data

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Mar 9, 2016 1:46:27 PM

Accurately reporting on historical application use requires granular data. Granular data can be viewed as specific data elements: what application was launched, who launched it, where did the license come from, when did the license stop being used, when the window was re-opened, etc. The greater the number of attribute elements that can be gathered, the greater the ability to answer usage questions. Gathering attribute information typically involves consolidating data from multiple sources to create a mini-data mart. Data marts help ensure usage context information is available to assist in data exploration. Visualizing data in real time, in contrast, requires accessing a pre-defined subset of the data, and also typically involves comparing the data to some pre-set or easily calculated metric.

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Desktop entitlement compliance – “Come Armed with Usage Information”

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Mar 1, 2016 12:33:06 PM

The process of verifying contractual entitlement compliance varies significantly by vendor, application/technology, and entitlement type and license activation. For our purposes, we’ll only discuss specialty desktop (downloaded) applications, with the license key being located on the desktop. Some vendors let users make from 1 to 3 copies to allow for back-up, or access on work and home workstations, or there may be only a contractual cap to the number of copies made (as in an enterprise installation).

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Application Over Licensing – How Much is Too Much?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Feb 19, 2016 12:04:00 PM

Maximizing employee productivity requires providing access to all the tools they need when they need them. Maximizing profitability means minimizing unnecessary expenses. Specialty engineering, design or development applications are expensive and are used in an unpredictable manner. Finding the right balance is a difficult proposition.

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Reading log files means getting coarse data

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 27, 2016 7:35:42 PM

Data reporting requires accurate data. While the data may be accurate, the granularity or degree of precision of the data impacts what the data can be used for. In addition, the timing for when data becomes available can restrict the data’s usefulness.

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Benefits of 3-Tier Architectures to Real-Time Reporting Solutions

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 20, 2016 12:04:14 PM

Our blog post from last week covered why we believe agents are a critical component of a modern and extensible reporting architecture. This week we’ll take a step back and look at why we believe 3-tier architectures are important in the internet age.

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Why Agents are Critical to Usage Information Gathering

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 13, 2016 1:35:13 PM

In our last blog post, we discussed why the architecture of the desktop application monitoring solution is important in delivering reporting data. This week, we’ll focus on one component of an application monitoring solution architecture – Agents – and why we believe they are fundamental to a modern architecture.

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Usage Monitoring Application Architecture – Why it Matters

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Jan 6, 2016 12:43:25 PM

Application usage reporting solution architectures may seem unimportant, but they are fundamental in determining the kinds of data available for reporting, how incremental functionality can be delivered, or the underlying cost of support. Over time, application architectures drive the fundamental economics of solution delivery.

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Why are companies packaging applications into Suites?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Nov 20, 2015 2:54:46 PM

Packaging disparate applications into Suites or Modules has been going on literally since application providers started selling applications. Providers have to work with multiple forces driving their business.  These forces include:

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Why is Autodesk’s Cascading License File so difficult to debug?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Nov 13, 2015 6:37:44 PM

 

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What makes Autodesk Licensing unique?

Posted by Erik Hoogerhuis on Nov 4, 2015 7:18:08 PM
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