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How to View Usage History with Heat Maps

With License Statistics v6.5 you can view the Usage History Graph as a heat map in which Usage History values are represented as colors. The Usage History Heat Map provides a graphical representation of the number of licenses used by the selected user/user group for a specified time period. 

One of the tools introduced in License Statistics v6.5 is the Usage History Heat Map, part of the User Usage History page. The Usage History Heat Map can help you quickly identify trends in usage history.

Here’s how to use the Usage History Heat Map.

Viewing the Usage History Heat Map

To view a heat map, select a desired grouping in the User Usage History Settings area. The Heat Map for the desired grouping and time frame is the default visible chart. Click the “Show Line Chart” button at the top of the graph to display the line chart instead. (For details see the User Usage History page.)

Using the Heat Map

The Usage History Heat Map allows you to toggle between Used and Borrowed licenses. The value in each block of the heat map is the number of licenses used or borrowed by the grouping and time range selected in the Settings section at the top of the User Usage History page. The map’s X axis represents the grouping you selected, and the Y axis represents the features used by that grouping in the selected time range.

The darker sections reflect heavier license usage, while the lightest sections reflect lower usage. At a glance you can quickly see license usage trends by date range and license feature set. This intuitive display of statistical data can help you better understand how licenses and license features are being used so you can better plan for optimal usage and license distribution in the future.

Features and Enhancements in License Statistics v6.5

Features and Enhancements in License Statistics v6.5

Feature and User Reservations, User Usage History heat map chart, new License Servers Usage page lead the list of features and enhancements for License Statistics v6.5.

The v6.5 release of License Statistics brings both new features and customer-requested enhancements to further simplify your software license asset management tasks. Highlights of the new release include the new Feature and User Reservations pages, easy-to-read heat map charts on the User Usage History page, and the new License Server Usage page.

These features are available only with the new License Statistics licensing model.

Let’s dive in.

Feature Reservations Page

The Feature Reservations page provides an overview of all reservations for a selected license server and feature. You’ll find it under the Features section in the left navigation page. (See the documentation for Feature Reservations for more details.)

The Feature Reservations page provides a General Information grid and a Feature Reservations grid.

  • The General Information grid includes identifying information for the license server and feature. You can set the license server and feature of interest in this grid.
  • The Feature Reservations grid shows detailed information for the selected license server and feature.

You can add the Features Reservation grid to the dashboard for quick viewing. 

Once you’ve selected a license server and feature, click the chart icon under the Action column to see the associated Reservation History graph. If the reservation is active, you can also get more details in the Reservation Details section by clicking the View icon under the Action column.

User Reservations

The User Reservations page provides an overview of all reservations across all features and license servers for a selected user or group. You’ll find the User Reservations page under the Users section in the left navigation pane. (See the documentation for User Reservations for details.)

The User Reservations page, like the Features Reservations page, contains a General Information grid and a User Reservations grid:

  • The General Information grid lets you select the user or user group to view reservations for.
  • The User Reservations grid shows detailed information for a selected user or group, based on the pattern gathered from each queried server.

You can add the User Reservations grid to the dashboard for quick viewing.

User Usage History Heat Map

In License Statistics v6.5 you can now view the Usage History Graph as a heat map. Once you select a desired grouping in the User Usage History Settings area, clicking the “Show Heat Map” button at the top of the graph displays the heat map.

The heat map version of the chart allows you to toggle between used or borrowed licenses. The X axis of the heat map reflects the grouping you selected, and the Y axis reflects all the features used by the user or group in the selected time range. Where the axes overlap is the number of licenses used, and the background coloring corresponds with the scale.

Refer to the documentation for details on the User Usage History page.

License Servers Usage Page

The new License Servers User Page allows administrators to monitor statistics about how each license server is being used. You’ll find the License Servers Usage page under the Administration section in the left navigation pane.

Administrators can use the License Servers Usage grid to get details on the number of features, users, and hosts in the database for each license server. Hover your cursor over any number in the grid to see a list of users/hosts/features included in the reported count.

Of course, we’ve also enhanced a few things to improve usability and application behavior. To discover more about the new features and enhancements, consult the Release Notes for License Statistics v6.5.

 

Features and Enhancements in License Statistics v6.3 and v6.4

Customizable branding tools, interactive API documentation lead the list of features and enhancements for License Statistics v6.3 and v6.4.

The v6.3 and v6.4 releases of License Statistics bring both new features and customer-requested enhancements to further simplify your software license asset management tasks. Highlights of the new release include a new User Usage History report, customizable UI elements for branding, and interactive API documentation.

What’s New?

License Statistics v6.3 and v6.4 bring the following new features:

  • A new User Usage History report that allows you to get usage history for a selected user or group.
  • The ability to customize UI elements for branding purposes.
  • Interactive API documentation embedded in the user interface using Swagger (https://swagger.io)
  • Ability to group by year on the Usage Per User report.
  • The ability to delete old, unneeded data from the License Statistics database.

Most of these improvements come thanks to your feedback – your success is our success. The new features added in the v6.3 and v6.4 releases are highlighted below. (Refer to the License Statistics v6.3 and v6.4 Release Notes for a complete list of enhancements to existing features.)

Administration Groups

New User Usage History Report

We’ve been busy enhancing the User Usage History Report over the past few releases, starting with v6.2 in which we introduced the ability to view license usage history by Current Usage and Denials. With the v6.3 release, the User Usage History report now gives you the ability to view license usage history by a selected user or group (available only with the new licensing model). The report makes it easy to select the user/user group for which you want to view usage history and specify time intervals to include in the results.

To view the report, select the Usage History page under the Users section in the left navigation pane. Remember, you can also add the Usage History grid and graph to the License Statistics Dashboard for fast and easy tracking.

User Usage History

Customizable Branding of UI Elements

One of the big features you’ve asked for is the ability to apply your organization’s branding to the LIcense Statistics interface. With the new release you can now add your company logo to certain UI elements, display a custom favicon, and make other changes to reflect your corporate identity. Use the Branding section in the Miscellaneous page, located under the Administration section of the left navigation pane. (You must be an Administrator to make these changes.)

You can customize:

  • The application name displayed in the browser title, footer, exported reports, and email templates.
  • The logo image displayed on the login page, above the navigation pane, in email notifications, and in exported reports.
  • The favicon image.
  • Visibility of the footer containing the X-Formation logo and versions, displayed in the UI and in email notifications.

For details on customizing License Statistics and the requirements for logo images and favicons, refer to the License Statistics documentation.

Interactive API Documentation

For your quick and easy reference, you can now get interactive API documentation directly on the API page using the embedded Swagger application. The interactive documentation is always up-to-date, so you can set up API calls knowing you have the latest information.

The new interactive documentation makes API development even easier thanks to the following features:

  • Test and run examples directly from the License Statistics UI.
  • Get immediate access to all return codes and parameters.
  • See built-in examples of the types of calls you can make.
  • Simplified authorization requests: The API documentation tool automatically authorizes requests with the current user token.

The interactive API documentation contains endpoints related to all reports, as well as charts including user, license server, and features scope.

API Endpoints

Group by Year on the Usage Per User Report

The Usage Per User Report now gives you the ability to group reports by year. When you limit license usage information to a year, you’ll see usage within the selected year based on daily usage. Doing so gives you a bigger picture of high usage trends, helping you spot infrequent but important spikes in usage.

Delete Old Data from the License Statistics Database

Administrators are now able to remove data older than the previous calendar year from the License Statistics database. To do so, select the Database Management tab from the Administration page.

Data Removal

Data Removal

If, for example, the current date is February 5, 2020, you will be able to select dates starting January 1, 2019 and older only. (You cannot remove data from the current or previous calendar year.)

Things to remember:

  • Once you confirm deletion, License Statistics will schedule the deletion to occur when you restart it. (You can always cancel any time prior to restarting.)
  • Plan deletion carefully. The process can take hours to complete, depending upon the amount of data you select. No data is collected during the deletion process, so be sure to schedule the deletion during non-critical hours if possible.

Of course, we’ve also enhanced a few things on the back end to improve usability and application behavior. To discover more about the new features and enhancements, consult the Release Notes for License Statistics v6.3, v6.4, and v6.4.1.

Get the Data Your Way: The License Statistics API

Of course you know License Statistics delivers the data you need to control license and license server costs. But did you know you can also display all that great data in the BI dashboards and reports you already use every day?

That’s right: The License Statistics API makes it easy to extract the data you need and integrate it into your own business processes. Display critical license data along with the other key indicators you track daily in reports, dashboards, and other BI tools. Use the API to automate report generation and make it readily available to your manager or a specific department in your organization.

The License Statistics API is an invaluable tool for advanced users and systems integrators who want to create their own views into critical business data. The License Statistics UI shows you just what can be done with the API, as it uses the same API to display data in your web browser. 

With the License Statistics v6.3 release, interactive API documentation is now embedded in the UI using Swagger (https://swagger.io/).

Getting Started with the API

The API gives you flexible, on-demand access to License Statistics data in an easy-to-extract format. You can request results in JSON, csv, PDF, or xlxs formats, so you have a wide variety of options for accessing and using the data. Use the API with your custom external applications, off-the-shelf BI tools, and reporting systems.

Getting started with the License Statistics API is as simple as enabling API access, generating a token, and making your first API request. Once you have enabled API access in your License Statistics account, you then generate an access token. 

Generating and Using API Tokens

API access tokens are unique identifiers associated with your account that are used to authenticate your data requests in the API. Tokens cannot be shared, so you’ll need to create a token for every user requiring access.

Once you’ve generated an API access token, you’ll add the HTTP header “X-Auth-token” to every request you make. Make requests directly using your web browser, or use an HTTP client like cURL to get the data in a variety of useful formats. Here’s a cURL example:

curl -H "X-Auth-token: token" "http://yourdomain/url-to-api"

Making API Requests

A basic API request uses the GET method to pass report parameters in a query string. The basic API request looks like this:

curl -H "X-Auth-token: token" "http://yourdomain/url-to-api?parameter=value&parameter2=other_value"

(“yourdomain” is the URL on which License Statistics v6.3 is installed.)

Any data you can see in the License Statistics UI can be accessed using the API and brought into your reporting tools. There are 18 API endpoints provided by License Statistics, each of which delivers specific license usage metrics.

Useful Examples

Example: Return a list of all features recognizable by License Statistics

The cURL command:

curl -H “X-Auth-token: token” “http://yourdomain/api/v1/feature/csv

will return a csv format file containing one row for each feature recognizable by License Statistics.

Example: Return a list of feature information filtered by name and version, output to csv format

The cURL command:

curl --data "filter=[{\"type\"=\"string\", \"field\"=\"fn\", \"value\"=\"abc\"}, {\"type\"=\"string\", \"field\"=\"fv\", \"value\"=\"2.1\"}]" -H "X-Auth-token: token" "http://yourdomain/api/v1/feature/csv"

will return a csv format file containing one row for each feature, filtered by name and version.

Example: Return information in json format for a feature with an ID of “1”.

The cURL command:

curl --data-urlencode "filter=[{\"type\"=\"numeric\", \"field\"=\"fid\", \"comparison\"=\"eq\" \"value\"=\"1\"}]" -H "X-Auth-token: token" "http://yourdomain/api/v1/feature/json"

will return a json file containing the information about the specified feature.

Conclusion

The License Statistics API is an easy-to-use tool for integrating License Statistics data into your own business processes. Ready to get started? Go to the “Using the License Statistics API” section of the online documentation for complete details.

Say “Hello!” to License Statistics v6.0

It’s here: License Statistics v6.0 has arrived, with a crisp, responsive interface, streamlined navigation, and new features based on your feedback. There is also a new license model designed to give you double the features at the same price. Read on to discover what’s new.

Crisp, Responsive Interface

Meet the new sleek, high-resolution interface with a larger viewing area for exceptional usability. It’s been redesigned to look great and works flawlessly across all devices, including tables and smartphones. The interface makes customizing your view of the data easy and flexible, too. Lay out the panels in the Dashboard exactly as you want to see them by dragging and dropping panels from one location to another.

License Statistics Layout

Data presentation now happens quickly and automatically, with no page reloads and no extra wait times. Navigation has been streamlined as well, with a vertical menu that is collapsible, allowing you to maximize the data viewing area.

You can now read and manipulate grids, charts, and forms with ease thanks to the new layout and improved color scheme.

License Statistics Layout

Faster and Easier to Maintain

License Statistics v6.0 has been rebuilt to be much faster than previous versions. The application is now cached in the browser, using local storage for the fastest response possible. There’s no extra wait time and no page reloads.

It’s easier to administer and maintain, too. The user interface is all generated by the JavaScript framework, eliminating HTML generated by PHP.

We’ve also changed how License Statistics v6.0 handles situations in which its license is exceeded or has expired. Rather than shutting down the application, it continues to run License Statistics v6.0 in read-only mode for user convenience until the license issues have been resolved.

Enhanced Notifications and Status Information

We not only completely redesigned the interface for License Statistics v6.0, we enhanced the notifications you receive about different actions to help you make better decisions about your software assets. You asked for more license server information in the interface, and we built it for you. The new License Detail page gives you even more information on license server status – detailed state information and more complete descriptions of exactly what is happening with your license servers.

New License Model

License Statistics v6.0 brings a new license model that gives you double the features at the same price. With the adjusted license model you’ll have access to all product features. You’ll be able to choose whether you wish to monitor your license servers in real time, or use data imported from report logs.

The upgrade to the new License Statistics v6.0 license model costs nothing and is optional — you can either upgrade or keep your existing licensing.

Please contact our customer support team for any questions regarding the license model revision, or about upgrading to License Statistics v6.0.

Read a full list of release notes to stay on top of all changes introduced with each release.

License Statistics helps MA Hospitals better forecast their future licensing needs and plan purchasing accordingly

The Business Challenge and the License Statistics solution

The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) is a large not-for-profit health organization comprised of hospitals and health systems, as well as related organizations.

Before using License Statistics , MA Hospitals did not use any license management solution. The vendor from whom they purchase software uses LM-X License Manager to protect and license his software applications and this vendor recommended that they try out License Statistics and see how it can help them gain full control over their company’s license usage.

Buying X-Formation’s license tracking solution enabled them to see which licenses were in use, identify licenses that were overused or nearing overuse, and, based on the collected license usage data, establish whether there is a need to add base or functional modules.

Overall, License Statistics proves to be a valuable tool that lets MA Hospitals collect and present data necessary to make smart, intelligent decisions for software budgeting by letting them:

  • Monitor how many licenses are available
  • See how often users were denied licenses and when these denials occurred
  • Check which applications are being used most

The above information allows MA Hospitals to make a solid justification for the need to purchase more licenses and avoid overspending on purchases and software renewals.

Summary

Although they’re still in the beginning stages of data collection, they already define their experience with License Statistics as very positive and say License Statistics is a valuable software license management solution that helps them:

  • Gain control over their IT assets
  • Improve the company’s business operations and profitability
  • Better plan future licensing needs

If you haven’t tried License Statistics yet, try out our online demo or download a free trial to find out how easily you can gain control of your IT assets and avoid the costs and risks of getting it wrong.

License Statistics helps BRVZ reduce the number of support cases caused by using up all available licenses

About BRVZ Bau-Rechnen- und Verwaltungszentrum GmbH

BRVZ is an internal IT service provider for all companies of STRABAG SE, a Europe-based technology group for construction services.

The company provides a wide spectrum of services for the construction industry that cover the industry’s entire value chain: building construction & civil engineering, transportation infrastructures, and many more.

The Business Challenge and the License Statistics Solution

Before using License Statistics , they did not use any software license management solution. The main reasons why they chose X-Formation’s License Statistics included:

  • Its competitive price

BRVZ wanted to avoid losing money from both under and over-licensing of software. They also wanted to view usage reports and found them necessary to calculate prices that their IT center charges from other business units based on the number of end users, as well as extrapolate such numbers for the future.

License Statistics provided all the functionalities that they needed, i.e.

  • Email alerts informing about license servers going down, feature utilization exceeding a specific percentage, as well as feature expiration.
  • Visually rich charts and graphs that give a quick, clear picture of license usage and help avoid over-licensing.

The ability to subscribe to receive email alerts enabled BRVZ to manage their licenses in a proactive manner and helped them reduce support cases caused by using 100% of available licenses from the license pool, saving their time, money, and resources.

Summary

License Statistics proved to be easy to handle and provided the functionality they were looking for, i.e. support for all types of license servers. They valued very good, quick support and said that response time to emails was very quick.

In addition, they said that both product documentation as well as knowledge base addressed the issues they were looking for.

If you haven’t tried License Statistics yet, try out our online demo or download a free trial to find out how easily you can gain control of your IT assets and avoid the costs and risks of getting it wrong.

Case Study: City Computer appreciates the ease of use of License Statistics and high level of X-Formation’s technical support

About City Computer

Founded more than 10 years ago, City Computer L.L.C. is an industry-leading engineering company which supplies all kinds of IT hardware and software solutions together with annual support and maintenance.

As system integrators providing high-level products and services, the company builds successful partnerships based on trust and commitment characterised by exceptional honesty, care and integrity; therefore, they’re able to constantly expand their customer base and continue on an upward trajectory.

The Business Challenge and the License Statistics solution

Before using License Statistics , the company had not used any software license management solutions. They found License Statistics easy to use because there was no need to install all modules like clients’ PCs and information could be easily accessed, whereas other management software solutions were much more time-consuming and less intuitive. The company was facing business challenges such as client dependency, money management issues, as well as problems related to quality and growth.

Compared with other license management software, License Statistics enabled City Computer to save lots of time, have up-to-date information at any point of time, as well as access numerous applications.

Summary

Most important performance improvements that were possible thanks to License Statistics were related to time and money, i.e. key areas all companies need to stay on top of. City Computer is very satisfied with X-Formation’s product, as well as superior.

License Statistics can help oil producing companies cut their operational costs

Oil industry has seen a deep downturn in the last months – the price of a barrel of oil has fallen more than 70 percent since June 2014. The drop, attributed to a number of reasons , including lower demand for oil by China due to the country’s economic slowdown or political conflicts in Iraq and Libya, is a blessing for some and no cause for celebration for others.

The “others” are oil industry companies.

Struggling to keep afloat

Countries and states involved in the manufacturing of oil, including the United States (with Alaska, North Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana topping the list), Venezuela, Nigeria, Ecuador, Brazil and Russia, are suffering economic consequences of the prolonged slump in crude oil prices: 16 oil producing companies in the US filed for bankruptcy in 2015 alone. Dozens of others are struggling to stay alive by cutting their payrolls and other costs in order to save cash. But despite their best efforts, the fact remains that there are almost no wells profitable to drill in the United States now.

The affected companies face many hurdles, from having negative credit rating to not being able to pay off existing loans, and their costs are critical. And here’s where License Statistics can step in, helping companies that have network licenses improve their ROI and keep afloat by:

  • optimizing license usage and software costs by as much as 30%
  • improving company productivity
  • enabling them to plan budget and, based on it, make informed decisions about how many licenses to purchase

Simplicity and advanced features

Providing an out-of-the-box software license management experience, License Statistics lets companies track and report a wide variety of license usage information.

License Statistics is designed to be easy to use and you can get up and running with it in a few minutes. There’s no need to spend time learning more advanced features you might not need. But when you’re ready, the power of those advanced features is there for you to tap into.

Whether you just need to monitor 10, 100, or 1000 licenses, License Statistics is right for you. It gives you all the simplicity of less powerful license management tools, but with all the features , flexibility and adaptability you would expect from license management products selling for much more

The much needed flexibility

  • There are no requirements for 3rd party software, yet License Statistics integrates easily with other applications, such as Excel, for reporting purposes.
  • License Statistics supports over 15 different license managers , including LM-X, FLEXlm, FlexNet, Sentinel RMS, IBM LUM, Reprise License Manager (RLM), and Dassault Systemes License Server.
  • Using the License Statistics API , you can automate report generation and extract reports on demand to easily integrate them with your business processes.
  • The optional Usage Client add-on allows you to use License Statistics to monitor standalone application usage.
  • Open database which allows for generating virtually any types of reports by using custom SQL queries.

Optimized software spending

License Statistics can help any company that has network licenses improve their ROI. And in situations where a software license costs thousands of dollars, knowing where there is license under-utilization isn’t just important: it’s essential.

If you’re new to License Statistics, we encourage you to find out why this smart software license management solution can help your business .

Please try out the online demo or download a free trial to find out how easily you can reduce business risks, cut software costs by up to 30% and much more.

Case Study: REEL opts for License Statistics to optimize the use of its network

Company overview

REEL’s core business involves developing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining complex handling and lifting equipment systems. REEL also provides specialized services that center around three main activities: maintenance, modifications and improvements, as well as the supply of spare and exchange parts.

With almost 70 years of tradition in the industry, presence on four continents and impressive portfolio of services, REEL has managed to successfully build its position in several key industrial sectors, such as nuclear energy, aluminium production, aeronautics, defense, and offshore.

Challenge

REEL has established its presence as a provider of handling and lifting equipment systems all around the world and it continues exploring and targeting new customers. Yet entering new markets (and developing existing ones) entails deploying additional CAD software licenses across the company, especially when it is accompanied by high turnover of temporary employees. As a veteran in the industry, REEL remains intimately familiar with the importance of tracking license usage across the organization.

The choice: License Statistics

One of the big reasons REEL decided to start using License Statistics is the software’s unmatched ability to track and report software license usage gathered from a number of supported license servers , let alone the software’s ease of use and support REELreceived from X-Formation. License Statistics turned out to be a solution that helped REEL effectively manage and maximize license investment, improve productivity and make informed license management decisions.

Summary

Using License Statistics allows for cost reduction through software license optimization. After switching to X-Formation’s solution, REEL is able to more accurately forecast its future licensing needs and cut its operational costs.

Interested in License Statistics? Remember that we’re only if you’d like to discuss this unique license monitoring solution with us more.

Try License Statistics demo and take advantage of the outstanding features it offers.