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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.

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 v5.15.x

Dear Customers,

We’re excited to announce that we have just released a major upgrade of License Statistics.

License Statistics version 5.15.x includes the following new enhancements:

  • Upgraded Java to 11.0.2.
    Upgraded PHP to 7.2.11.
    Upgraded MySQL to 5.7.24.
    Upgraded Apache to 2.4.38.
    Upgraded OpenSSL.
    Clear deprecated tools.
    Added API endpoint to get user details.
    Added API endpoints for operations on License Statistics users.
    Extended API endpoints for operations on license servers.
    Extended API endpoints for operations on features.

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

License Statistics v5.14

Dear Customers,

We’re excited to announce that we have just released a major upgrade of License Statistics.

Version 5.14 brings forth major changes to License Statistics. Follow the video to see the main highlights of this release.

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

License Statistics v5.13.x

Dear Customers,

We’re excited to announce that we have just released a major upgrade of License Statistics.

License Statistics version 5.13.x includes the following new enhancements:

  • Upgraded libraries:
    Java JRE (1.8.0-181)
    Apache (2.4.35)
    PHP (5.6.38)
    OpenSSL (1.0.2p)
  • Added ability to remove historical License Server data.
    Added ability to add Usage History Comparison graph to Dashboard.
    Added Time Used column to User History report.
    Improved consistency of error messages.
  • Fixed an issue with service hanging on Windows in case of error occurred during API startup.
    Fixed crash that occurred while merging real-time and denial data of redundant license servers.
    Fixed an issue with hidden columns remaining visible in exported Usage Per User report.
    Fixed an issue with temporary Dassault files not being removed from “Temp” directory.
    Fixed an issue with non-administrative user being logged out when mousing over the “Server is Down” indicator on License Server Uptime chart.
    Fixed an issue with duplicated rows in exported reports.
  • Upgraded Java JRE to version 1.8.0-172.
    Upgraded Go to version 1.10.
    Improved installer instructions for selecting the type of database.
    Updated documentation for Flash Issues.
  • Improved documentation in terms of the visibility of license servers and features.
    Updated documentation in the section describing system requirements.
    Improved documentation in the section describing the procedure of reporting a bug.

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

License Statistics v5.12

Dear Customers,

We’re excited to announce that we have just released a major upgrade of License Statistics.

License Statistics version 5.12 includes the following new enhancements:

  • Added ability to add imported license servers using the Imported License Servers grid.
  • Renamed “Current Usage Above 24 Hours” report to “Current Usage By Time Range.
  • Added support of token licensing for MSC MSCONE feature for FlexNet license server.
  • Upgraded Apache to version 2.4.29 together with related libraries (PHP to 5.6.34, OpenSSL to 1.0.2n).
  • Upgraded JRE to version 1.8.162.
  • Upgraded LM-X to version 4.9.2.
  • Embedded Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Package (x64) into the License Statistics installer.

In addition to these enhancements, this version includes several fixes to existing features, giving you an even more stable version of License Statistics.

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

License Statistics v5.11

Dear Customers,

We’re excited to announce that we have just released a major upgrade of License Statistics.

License Statistics version 5.11 includes the following new enhancements:

  • Added new Settings form on License Server Uptime report that allows more control over report contents.
  • Added ability to export data series to different formats, including CSV, XLSX, and PDF, on Usage History Comparison chart.
  • Added LDAP User details to Usage Per User report when user list is displayed in single row.
  • Created new descriptions on grid backgrounds for instances when no data is displayed.
  • Improved consistency of default data ordering on grids.

In addition to these enhancements, this version includes several fixes to existing features, giving you an even more stable version of License Statistics.

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

LM-X License Manager v4.9

Dear Customers,

We’re excited to announce that we have just released a major upgrade of LM-X License Manager.

LM-X License Manager version 4.9 includes the following new enhancements:

  • Added new HostID for Microsoft Azure.
  • Added new HostID for GCE (Google Compute Engine).
  • Improved performance and fixed several bugs for LM-X Java Client.

In addition to these enhancements, this version includes several fixes to existing features, giving you an even more stable version of LM-X License Manager.

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

What sets License Statistics apart from the competition?

I’ve been receiving lots of great feedback from customers lately. I don’t mean to brag but it feels good to know that they’re using a product that gets the job done and the features that we’ve worked hard on implementing are bringing expected results. And so, I’ve decided to share a few points about our software that customers keep noting as the reasons why they use and value the product, and especially what makes it stand out from the crowd.

Best out of the box experience

Compared to competing products, customers say that License Statistics provides the best out of the box experience, and that applies to the installation as well as the overall use of the product.

Installation is fast and easy. You get 1 installation file and that’s it – there are no additional 3rd party apps or components to install anywhere, at all. I know what you’re thinking now – what about the database – don’t I have to install and configure that too? The answer is no. License Statistics uses an embedded database, so you don’t need to spend a minute on it. Everything simply works out of the box! Unfortunately customers can’t say the same about the competition which requires you to install different modules, components, and clients. In some cases you need to install clients on every single machine where you’re running the monitored applications – sounds like an administrative and maintenance nightmare, if you ask me. All in all, with License Statistics you can be up and running and generate your first report in less than 10 minutes.

License Statistics also provides an out of the box experience with its reporting capabilities. The product comes with a pre-defined set of simple to complex reports, where you can obtain all the specific usage details with a few easy clicks. The simpler reports typically require no more than 2 clicks to get the information you need. Additionally, we’ve left you the option to run your own reports should you find any limitations in the ones already provided.

Accessibility and easy sharing of information

Because License Statistics is web-based it can be accessed by any authorized user from any location. Therefore, sharing license usage information is as easy as sharing a web address – you just copy and send the URL to your colleague. Furthermore, License Statistics has a cross-platform architecture allowing you to access it on any OS with a browser. To sum up, not only is installing License Statistics fast and easy, as mentioned earlier, but also all you really need is 1 installation on 1 machine to monitor your entire enterprise and all your licenses.

Support for 12 license managers

License Statistics currently supports 12 license managers, including: LM-X, FLEXlm, FlexNet, IBM LUM, Sentinel RMS, Reprise License Manager (RLM), and others. There is no other solution on the market that can provide you with such versatility to monitor thousands of different applications. But we’re not stopping just yet, and support for more license managers is just down the road. Do you need a particular license manager supported? Let us know and we’ll be happy to get to work on it.

Real time monitoring and importing report logs

While there are many solutions out there that can monitor license usage in real time, there are only a few that can import report and pay-per-use log files. Going further, there are only 2 products on the market that can import and parse FLEXlm and FlexNet encrypted report logs – that would of course be FlexNet Manager, and now… License Statistics! What this means is that you can extract important usage data from your FlexNet report logs without having to purchase expensive software. For more information on monitoring in real time and importing log files, see our KB article, What is the difference between License Statistics real-time usage and imported usage reporting? If you would like to find out more about our software give us a call or download a free 30-day License Statistics evaluation .