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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.

Case Study: License Statistics drives down Daimler Trucks’ software license costs

Company Overview

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company, is part of one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. This prestigious company with a global reach is North America’s largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer and a leading producer of medium-duty trucks for both local and long-distance deliveries, as well as specialized commercial vehicles that can be used for municipal applications. With more than 21,000 employees and annual production bigger than 118,000 units DTNA operates in a number of countries such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and more than 35 countries outside of the NAFTA region. Apart from manufacturing, the company specializes in selling and servicing renowned commercial vehicle brands.

Experience with License Management solutions

Previously, Daimler Trucks North America LLC had no experience with using license management solutions. As a result, the company could not trim its software costs, correct its license shortfalls or plan its budget for future software purchases effectively – hence the need for a complex software license management product.

The Business Challenge

Since DTNA did not make use of any license management solution, what it needed was a highly efficient tool that would enable a detailed analysis of monitoring license usage both for real time and historical aspects. A specific capability that DTNA found very impressive was the ability to be automatically notified by email when license usage reaches certain thresholds. This solution was highly appreciated by the company. License Statistics was particularly valuable for helping DTNA align their software purchases based on usage. Generally, License Statistics, both in terms of its simplicity and its flexibility, met all DTNA’s functional requirements.

Summary

DTNA is very pleased with the features offered by License Statistics mainly because they proved to be both powerful and easy to use. License Statistics made it possible for DTNA to optimize their software purchases and significantly trim the company’s costs.

The Next Step

Why not find out more about how License Statistics can help your company boost its business and generate more profit? Contact us for more information about our products or give License Statistics a try and download the 30-day free version today!

5 things you don’t know (but should know) about managing your software assets

Knowledge is power.

Having accurate information about the license usage across your organization can help you save amountain of expenses, because software costs can represent a large part of your company’s budget. Before anything else, organizations should see the full picture of how software assets are deployed and utilized across their networks. Read about5 thingsyou probably didn’t know about managing your software licenses.

1. The financial overhead and hassles associated with managing your licenses can be enormous.

Companies overspend by around 30% on licenses that are not being used — this amount very often represents a large part of the entire IT budget. With License Statistics, X-Formation’s software license monitoring toolwhich lets you track and report software usage in real time or through log importation, you can:

  1. prevent over-deployment of software
  2. minimize maintenance and staff training costs
  3. drive down your operational costs
  4. improve your company’s ROI

Find out which licenses are under and overused and plan your ongoing management and purchases accordingly. Sounds smart, no?

2. There are different causes of over-licensing.

Over-licensing takes place when an organization purchases more licenses than needed which can be caused by a number of fluctuating users with each having different software needs. Another reason underlying over-licensing can be attributed to “buying too many licenses just in case” which is often an unnecessary step taken by IT managers. With License Statistics you can easily get a clear picture of your license usage and prevent over-licensing.

3. License Statistics is easy to be used by everyone.

License Statistics is easy to install and use — a few clicks is all it takes to get it up and running , so its installation is simple and hassle-free; you don’t need to install different modules, components, and clients anywhere, sparing yourself lots of time and effort.

License Statistics reportsgive you a high-level overview of your license usage, including most-used features, licenses nearing expiration, features checked out for over 24 hours, license servers being monitored, and other, allowing you to make well-informed budget decisions.

License Statistics is a powerful tool which in an automated way gathers usage statistics from the monitored license servers. This is a simple answer to a difficult question: “What is going on with my software licenses?”

4. Depending on your unique needs, you can generate different reports on license usage.

License Statistics reports target the usage details you need to stay on top of to be able to plan your future software purchases accordingly, including:

  1. Current Users
  2. Usage Per Feature
  3. Usage Per User
  4. Realtime Utilization
  5. Realtime User Count
  6. Expiring Features
  7. Realtime Borrowed Licenses

5. You don’t need a crystal ball to be able to precisely forecast your future licensing needs 🙂

Once you gain insight into users that were denied access to applications, identify unused licenses and get information about important events that affect users’ access to licensees, including license utilization rising above a specified rate, features nearing expiration or licenses servers going down, you will know how to plan your purchases and budget accordingly.

If you would like to find out more about our software give us a call or download a free 30-day License Statistics evaluation.

License Statistics imported usage: maximum data accuracy guaranteed

Ever since its launch in version 3.6, we’ve been thrilled with your response to License Statistics ’ ability to import log files. Just in case some of you haven’t discovered it yet: this feature lets you import and review log files from a number of license servers, including:

  1. LM-X extended log files denied requests and pay-per-use log
  2. FLEXlm/FlexNet denied request logs and encrypted report log files
  3. Reprise License Manager (RLM) denied request and report log files
  4. HASP license manager logs

How does it work and how can I benefit from it?

The obvious question you may want to ask is: “What’s in it for me?” Well, License Statistics imported usage reporting is especially useful when you need to reliably generate usage statistics for applications that run for a very brief period of time (such as compilers), and when you must havemaximum accuracyin the produced results.

Imported usage lets you import and review log files from a number of license servers, and is different from gathering realtime usage data in that realtime usage reporting refers to gathering realtime data and usage statistics from the license server at configurable time intervals, wheras imported usage reporting lets you gather all the existing information stored in the log files.

With imported usage, License Statistics doesn’t need to query the license server, so it doesn’t matter if the querying session started and stopped between two subsequent update intervals. Thus, logs record information about all activities no matter how long those activities lasted.

Since imported usage reporting doesn’t require a connection to the license server, it can be used for:

  1. Billing purposes, where the license servers are at the customer’s site and License Statistics software is at the vendor’s site, making this feature especially helpful for companies that do back-billing or pay-per-use billing.
  2. Analyzing datafromremote license serversin departments that run on separate networks.

Imported usage is another License Statistics feature that will help you unlock the doors to license optimization, letting you make sensible business decisions and allowing your company to save time and money.

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