|LT-Analyzer supplements the basic software license
usage data obtained from log files
with additional information from its four types of models. This additional information enables
Tracker to provide the analysis necessary to address complex software business issues.
Tracker models are imported into the tool as plain ASCII text files in
comma-separated-value format. Most are imported
into the database and are persistent, whereas some are transient, used once and discarded.
|Persistent Models : Imported into Databases
||The User Model contains information
to relate to the logon userIDs that are
found in the usage log files. This information includes both contact details (full name, telephone
and email) and business unit information. The User Model provides the necessary
information for LT-Analyzer's business unit software usage cost splitting and other group-based analyses.
There is only one User Model in a License Tracker database, although
more than one file may be imported to provide information for that model.
||The Feature Model contains information that relates to the software feature names that
are found in the usage log files. These include characteristics that are true of all instances of the
software feature. There is only one Feature Model in a License Tracker
database, although more than one file may be imported to provide information for that model.
||License Models contain financial and entitlement information about a set of
software features for a specific business relationship. They provide the necessary information for
LT-Analyzer's financial analyses, such as software
usage chargebacks and cloound computing metering. Each License Model contains
license count, license purchase and maintenance costs, as well as details regarding any pay-per-use rental arrangements. Individual
License Models must be associated with one or more Content Scopes and
will be used in financial calculations when that Content Scope is active.
||Budget Models contain monthly software rental budgets for a specific relationship.
License Tracker uses this to prepare the PPU
Summary chart. As with License Models, Budget Models must also be
associated with Content Scopes in order to be used in calculations,
such as cloud computing metering and chargebacks.
|Transient Models : Used and Discarded
||Both of the transient models are used by the AutoAlerter component of
Auto Tracker. There must be exactly one of each model type present in the input directory
used in each AutoAlerter instance.
||The Alert Model provides details of which usage conditions
to test for, on a per-feature basis.
||The Subscription Model provides details of which individuals are interested in
being notified about specific alerts described in the Alert Model and what email address to use
to contact them upon alert condition detection.