York, 15th June 2016: License Dashboard, providers of software license management as a service (LMaaS), has today announced the release of three new license management tools. First is Data Navigator, License Dashboard’s tool for extracting, consolidating and normalizing a company’s software license data. Second is License Manager 10 (LM10) providing companies with a full view of their IT estate to ensure software licensing compliance. Lastly is License Dashboard Portal, their new reporting tool allowing access to License Dashboard information across any device including smartphones.
Software asset management (SAM) and IT asset management (ITAM) tools are only as good as the data they have to work with. Yet with so many different data sources available, maintaining good quality, usable SAM/ITAM data can be a significant challenge. Data Navigator is a new tool from License Dashboard that solves the data quality challenge by consolidating the data feeds of more than 60 asset data repositories to deliver a single source of high quality, actionable SAM/ITAM data which can then be analyzed by License Dashboard License Manager. Data Navigator can be delivered either as a License Dashboard managed service or a standalone tool.
Johnny Ellis, Managing Director, License Dashboard said, “With Data Navigator, we wanted to bring our customers a service that eradicated the challenges of poor data quality in SAM/ITAM. As a managed service or a standalone tool, Data Navigator optimizes their IT investments while removing the strain that comes with using internal resources. This service tracks the data lifecycle from collection, to integration, to solution and is completely agnostic, unlike all other products on the market. With Data Navigator, we are removing the biggest hurdle to successful SAM/ITAM projects – poor data quality.”
License Dashboard’s License Manager is an on-premise Software Asset Management (SAM) solution designed for organizations with an in-house SAM team in place. Like Data Navigator, LM10 also focuses on data quality by introducing more frequent inventory data imports to provide users with a more “live” view of their IT estate. As with previous releases, LM10 focuses on providing the most comprehensive overview of an organization’s Effective License Position (ELP) but with these added features:
- Compliance Trend Analysis: The ability to track changes in compliance and software usage over time
- Asset Landscape: A full summary of the IT estate in real-time with an audit trail of any changes made
- Data Source: The ability to track the source of the software inventory by data repository
- Device coverage: Track and manage the % of the IT landscape currently being reported against by a recognized inventory source
- Notification of changes in data if further action is required and the ability to export these notifications
“Our customers wanted live data for a more comprehensive view of their IT estate,” Ellis said. “LM10 simplifies the importing of inventory data, and increases the frequency of those imports. For our customers, having more frequent data feeds means a more accurate snapshot of their IT estate, which in turn means they’re better informed to make business decisions regarding licensing optimization. With the additional flexibility of License Dashboard Portal, that live licensing intelligence is now available at their fingertips on whichever device they use.”
License Dashboard Portal is the final piece in the jigsaw of License Dashboard upgrades. Utilizing Qlik Sense technologies, it enables access to License Dashboard data across any device. This also means the portal has the potential to integrate with other Qlik Sense products in the future.
Data Navigator, License Dashboard Portal and License Manager 10 are all available now. Visit www.licensedashboard.com for more information about License Dashboard’s software license management services.
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Notes to editors
License Dashboard offers a blend of home-grown Software Asset Management technologies and Software License Management expertise to deliver a powerful license management platform. Originally designed to run in-house, the License Dashboard platform has since evolved to run as either a fully managed service or an on-premise solution to give organizations a full-view of their effective license position (ELP).
Research suggests the average organization now stands at 68 per cent chance of being audited by at least one software vendor in any given 12-month period. Slow implementation of technology, transactional License Management tasks and the complexity of software licensing mean these organizations run the risk of non-compliance and facing a hefty fine if they are found to be under-licensed when audited. SAM and LMaaS solutions from License Dashboard eliminate the risk of non-compliance, saving their clients time and money.