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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 administrative privileges.
    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 modify data.

    Auto Tracker now is 3 Separate Modules

    AutoLoader
    AutoLoader is a command line tool for loading usage data and/or License Tracker models into a database.
    AutoReporter
    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
    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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