Features Introduced in Version 3.0
Version 3.0 of the License Tracker toolset was released on November 15, 2007.
To download the current version, go to Downloads
Toolset Available in Multiple Editions
- Server DB Edition
- The Server DB Edition supports usage analysis in large enterprises where user software sessions number in
the 100,000s to 100,000,000s. The Server DB Edition uses either Oracle 10 or MySQL 5 to maintain the
underlying data. The use of a separate server for maintaining the database enables the
License Tracker toolset application to run on Linux and Solaris systems as
well as Windows.
- File DB Edition
- The File DB Edition is appropriate for organizations with lower software usage where user software sessions
number in the 10,000s to low 100,000s. The File DB Edition creates MS-Access databases and can only be run
on Windows based systems.
User Classification to Restrict Capabilities
- Administrator Users
- License Tracker administrators are responsible for building and maintaining
usage databases as well as creating sets of web reports for review by managers and others. Administrators
can add and delete data, create content scopes (views into the database, discussed below) and use the
Auto Tracker automated tools. With the File DB Edition all users have
- Report-only Users
- Report-only users can access server based databases and generate individual charts and reports as well as
full sets of Web Tracker reports. These users can not add, delete or
Auto Tracker now is 3 Separate Modules
- AutoLoader is a command line tool for loading usage data and/or License Tracker
models into a database.
- AutoReporter is the command line tool for generating a set of Web Tracker reports
for a specific Content Scope and Report Scope (discussed below).
- AutoAlerter is the command line tool for inspecting a database to detect specified conditions and sending
email alerts to subscribed individuals.
New Fundamental Product Concepts
- Feature Model
- The feature model contains persistent information about individual software features such as: the software
vendor, the license sharing strategy (whether multiple users sessions may actually use only one license -
for example, many interactive applications share a license for the same user, of the same feature from the
same host computer) and the false denial threshold (the minimum period between a potential denial and a
successful license checkout or between two potential denials - denials not satisfying this threshold are
flagged as false).
- Content Scopes
- Content scopes define views into a License Tracker database by restricting
which users and software features are considered in charting and reporting. Content scopes may optionally
also have a license model associated with them - this enables analysis of the same usage data under different
financial models to facilitate"what-if" explorations.
- Web Tracker Report Scope
- Different combination of the reports available in a set of Web Tracker reports
may be appropriate in different situations (budgeting, vendor negotiating, license count optimization,
departmental chargebacks, etc.). Administrators can define various report scopes, specifying which reports
and which components of included reports will be generated in a particular set of Web
Tracker reports. These report scopes can be used by report-only users as well as the Auto Reporter
component of Auto Tracker.
New License Tracker Charts
- Denial Density
- The Denial Density chart displays the
number of denials per unit of time for a specied software feature. The unit of time is selectable from: 1 hour,
2 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 1 week.
- Feature Unavailability
- The Feature Unavailability
chart display the periods of time in which the concurrent user count for a specified software feature is
at or above the number of licenses owned as provided in the license model.
New License Tracker Reports
- Data Sources
- The Data Sources report provides
details of all usage log files that have been imported into the current database, including: importing
date, date range of the data in the log file, number of sessions read from the file, number of sessions
inserted into the database (this may be different due to the application of import filters which could
eliminate some sessions) and the format of the file.
- Feature Model
- The Feature Model report displays
basic characteristics for each feature in the database, including: the software vendor, the sharing strategy
(this is the situation in which multiple users sessions may be active but only require one license; this
information is used to deduce license sharing from log files which do not provide this explicitly) and the
false denial threshold.
New Web Tracker Features
- User Category Selection
- Previously when Group reports are selected to be part of a Web Tracker set
of reports, all of the user categories in the user model would be processed. The new mechanism allows the
user to specify a subset of the user categories. These same selected categories will also be used for the
group use component of the feature reports.
- Date Range Specification
- Previous, Web Tracker reports would always be for the entire period of the
database. Users may now specify a specific date range for the report set.
- Output Location Specification
New Auto Tracker Features
- Date Range Specification
- Similar to the situation with Web Tracker, Auto
Tracker had previously always included the entire database period for its reports. Date ranges in
Auto Tracker may be specified in several ways including previous X days,
previous X months, or explicit dates.
- Auto Reporter Indices
- Indices in Auto Reporter alow multiple related sets of web pages to be
created from a single command line. From an initial content scope, a user category from the user model
is declared as the index; Auto Reporter will then create a set of
Web Tracker pages for each of the members of that category within the
current content scope.
Other New Features
- Terminology Clarification - Features vs Licenses
- In prior version of License Tracker the term license had been
overloaded and used in reference to software features as well as the number of copies owned of those
features. The entities provided by software vendors are now referred to exclusively as features
whereas a license is a single right to use that feature.
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