Category: Software Asset Optimization

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.

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