The data from software usage monitoring can be used to identify software that is not in use, which can then be removed to reduce compliance risks. The cost savings and efficiencies delivered with software usage can easily be wiped out by an expensive, time-consuming compliance audit. Incorporating software usage tracking in a company that does not have a solid grasp on basic compliance is like putting money in a low-interest savings account when you are in debt; the sentiment is admirable, but it is quite dubious. As a whole, however, software efficiency and optimization should follow compliance.

Why you need to monitor software usage?

Tracking software usage can be beneficial for a number of reasons:

Remove Unused Assets

Removing assets that are no longer in use and repurposing or abandoning them.

User Productivity

Identification of work-related applications that are not appropriate.

Security

Recognizing applications that threaten the company’s security.

License Optimization

Identifying application usage to ensure that the company is using the best license scheme possible.

User Education and Service

Examining application usage and comparing it with the user’s and the company’s needs.

Consolidation and Migration

Identification of similar applications with a view to combining them under one brand.

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Managing License Usage using IBM’s License Metric Tool

You can manage license allocation services using the IBM® License Metric Tool (ILMT). ILMT monitors the products you use on your system and can identify them. ILMT enables you to keep an up-to-date inventory of your IBM software and hardware assets, and ensure that your organization complies with all license requirements. As you monitor your IBM products under full and sub-capacity licensing terms, you can understand their usage patterns and optimize your license costs.

License Usage Monitor does not prevent overuse of licenses, nor does it replace the IBM license auditing process. In this application, you can gather information about the usage of your license. IBM® License Metric Tool automatically collects license usage data into an XML file.

Software discovery and identification

ILMT is able to identify what software is installed on the monitored computers by scanning your infrastructure.

Signature discovery

Your software products are cataloged in ILMT, along with a set of rules known as signatures. As a result, a complete overview of the software that is installed in your infrastructure is built by matching the signatures against the results of the scan.

Reports

The reports contain detailed information about the computer hardware and software in your infrastructure. You can view the reports to determine if actual installations reflect software inventory information, and whether capacity values are assigned correctly to products.

License compliance

The ILMT audit reports are necessary to ensure compliance with processor value units (PVU) and resource value units (RVU) terms of license. The software determines the maximum core capacity of the server that is available to the installed IBM software. Additionally, the application determines the number of PVUs or processor-core entitlements needed. If you deploy a supported virtualization technology, the tool displays information about processor core capacity for the entire virtualized environment.

Usage Monitoring

Using MAPC, you can generate reports that show PVUs and RVUs for products and processors. The audit reports can be printed or viewed within the application.

With the help of automated software usage monitoring tools, you can efficiently monitor the software usage by removing the unused software, enhancing security, and optimizing the license usage.

If you wish to learn how to monitor the software usage using automated tools, Connect with an All Blue Solutions expert.