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: 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.

Altair SAO: Tracking Usage Data

What data is required to track software usage?  Users check out a software license at some point in time, they use the software, and check the license back in when they are done.  License managers keep a record of this … Read More

Altair SAO: Software Asset Optimization

During the eighties, almost all end-user software was installed on users’ individual desktops, which were typically UNIX machines from SUN, IBM, SGI, etc. or MSDOS PCs.  Over time, more end-user software used in engineering was ported to work on the … Read More