Software Metering i.e. Tracking Software Usage is gaining prominence amongst enterprises that are looking to cut IT costs. The expenses incurred from unnecessary license renewals is grabbing attention of IT Managers, who are looking at ways to reduce the IT expenses. Software Metering involves the analysis of Software Usage Statistics and helps IT Administrators reduce the expense overhead incurred from these unwanted renewals and upgrades. Desktop Central's Software Metering competencies aid in identifying the software usage particulars to decide upon software license renewals; reducing the IT cost in turn.
Desktop Central's agent component extracts a variety of software asset details, from the managed computers. The collated information, which is inclusive of the Frequent/Occasional/Rare usage details of the software, is sent to the Desktop Central Server periodically. Based on the usage level of particular software in a computer, administrators can derive a complete picture of the used and unused software in the network. Also, the Software Metering routine will help avoid any compliance issue that may pop up at a later date.
In addition to showing the information of software usage as Frequent/Occasional/Rare, which is retrieved from the Windows OS, it also features its own software metering engine. Administrators will be able to define software metering rules for all the software for which they have to track the usages. The information is then collected and collated in the form of three reports, namely -
This report is generated based on the rules added for metering a particular software. Details such as Discovered Count, Usage Count and Usage Duration can be inferred from this.
It provides the software usage details such as Usage Count and Usage Duration for a particular software application on each computer. In addition to this, the admin can view the reports for each computer during a stipulated time period. With the help of such usage details, the admin can choose to either retain or revoke the license for the software application used on each computer.
The usage details for every user specific software is provided in this report. This is helpful when the users logs into several computer but still the software usage details for that user-specific software needs to be metered. By gauging such usage details, the admin can choose to either retain or revoke the license for user-specific software.