Placing ALL licensing information in one place has more benefits then you think
OptimizeIT allows for collection of data automatically using the CollectIT agent, but there are some things that simply can’t be collected and we need your input for them: the purchased license information is probably the most important one of them.
From our experience, companies have a hard time keeping track of the licenses that they actually have and in most cases there isn’t a definitive answer for the question – how many licenses do we have for application X.
For this reason, we have decided to include a central portal for license management, which simply allows the procurement division to add, update and delete information from a central location. This way when a question arises regarding a certain license – there will always be information about it in a central location.
In addition to that – combining this information with the information already being collected automatically by our agent – SoftWatch is transformed into a very powerful compliance tool that closes the circle and provides one report that shows how many licenses I have, how many licenses are installed and most importantly how many are actually being used.
So, next time you find yourself in a position where you have to buy licenses, without knowing if you actually need to (because you may have some to spare, installed on machines that don’t need them) think how powerful the following report can be: