In order to make intelligent decisions regarding license procurement and maintenance, IT and management personnel obviously need concrete and reliable data. License management systems provide basic information such as usage level, and notify users when license usage is at its maximum capacity. But this is not enough
It is not only the top watermark numbers that show how many licenses are needed in an organization, but also the usage patterns. For example:
- Users may be checking out licenses in the beginning of the work day, in order to keep them for their disposal. Such licenses may be checked out, but are in fact sitting idle.
- License servers’ account of License denials is simplistic, and not informative. OpenLM provides concrete statistics on true license denials.
- Sometimes the total number of licenses may only be utilized for a small fraction of the work day. In such cases, IT management may decide against purchasing additional licenses for marginal benefit.
OpenLM clearly presents license usage charts, clarifying usage patterns. Here are a few examples:
OpenLM EasyAdmin – Widgets – Recent features denials
This window provides preliminary statistic processing of license denials per feature: It presents the number of denied license requests in long term and short term period.
OpenLM EasyAdmin – Reports – License usage
The license usage reports allows system administrators to compare the actual license usage to the number of available licenses.
The smart Filter enables users to build a customized list of licenses and get the total usage on those licenses.
OpenLM EasyAdmin – Management – License utilization
This chart represents a histogram of license usage, i.e. each column ‘x’ answers the question: “what is the percentage of usage time that x licenses have been in use”. This form of presentation ignores momentary usage peaks, and provides a vivid realization of the true license consumption pattern. It clearly depicts the number of licenses that are actually required in the organization.