Alhad Joshi

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Alhad Joshi, Vice President of Global Enterprise Analytics Solutions, is responsible for pre-sales and consulting activities associated with Altair’s business analytics portfolio. This entails business development and solution architecture guidance. Alhad has managed the development, support, and marketing of Altair’s highly scalable and robust Software Asset Optimization (SAO) solution released as a commercial offering in 2012, as well as business intelligence applications for the utilities industry. During his 21-year tenure at Altair, Alhad has worked in software solutions and systems integration, developing solutions that capture best practices in product development and computer-aided engineering. Prior to joining Altair, Alhad worked as a senior developer on the finite element analysis of a printed circuit boards module, creating pre-through-post utilities and automation software. He holds a Master of Science from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science from the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay in Mechanical Engineering.

Altair SAO: Application for the Oil & Gas Sector

Altair’s Software Asset Optimization (SAO) solution supports a wide range of license management systems that can handle most of the software used in the oil and gas industry. The list of license managers includes FlexIm, Oracflex, Intergraph Smartplant, Sentinel RMS, Altair … Read More

Altair SAO: Identifying Usage Outliers

There are literally millions of software usage records collected by software asset optimization (SAO) over months or years.   The primary objective of SAO is to provide a number of objective usage metrics that help with rightsizing the software inventory.  When … Read More

Altair SAO: Exploring Software Usage

A typical corporation that has implemented software asset optimization (SAO) has 100s or 1000s of features available for use.  However, based on what I have seen in over 25 SAO installations, maybe about 30% of all the features are used … Read More

Altair SAO: Usage Variance

Altair software asset optimization (SAO) tracks license usage for a software feature over time. One of these measures is Peak Usage (total number of licenses or tokens in use at the same time). SAO provides a report named Daily Usage … Read More

Altair SAO: License Usage

Shared licenses provide a pool of licenses and are controlled by a license manager. The license file has a total license count. The license manager grants or denies a license based on license availability. If all licenses are checked out … Read More

Altair SAO: Software Usage Metrics – 2

In the previous SAO article, I talked about capacity utilization, a key metric, especially for shared licenses.  I will discuss additional metrics, how they can provide objective utilization measures, and what role they can play in decision making – which … Read More

Altair SAO: Software Usage Metrics – 1

The prime objective of Altair SAO is to collect software usage data and retrieve objective metrics through analytics for the express purpose of driving decisions to maintain optimal software inventory – not too much, not too little.