License Dashboard enhances hardware tracking with License Manager 5.8.2
10/22/2013

License Dashboard, the leading developer of advanced software license management solutions, today announced the launch and general availability of License Manager 5.8.2, the company’s flagship license audit and reconciliation tool.

Online PR News – 22-October-2013 – York, 21st October 2013: – License Dashboard, the leading developer of advanced software license management solutions, today announced the launch and general availability of License Manager 5.8.2, the company’s flagship license audit and reconciliation tool. The new features will enhance License Manager’s capabilities to help reduce software expenditure by up to 20%, manage licenses and ensure compliance.

5.8.2 introduces a number of enhancements across the tool, with many focusing on the tracking and management of software as it relates to the organisation’s hardware. For example, the introduction of device/license entitlement platform support allows SAM managers to specify the platforms supported by a specific piece of software (Windows, Mac OS, Linux etc.) so that software usage is never incorrectly allocated to the wrong platform.

The number of hardware attributes that License Manager tracks has also been extended, ensuring that License Manager keeps pace with the growing array of hardware configurations that define some newer licensing models, such as Microsoft Core Licences. The new hardware attributes added with License Manager 5.8.2 include:

• Number of Cores per CPU
• Number of Threads per Core
• CPU Speed in MHz
• BIOS Date
• 4 x Custom Attributes (which can be given user defined names and set to track company-specific data per device, such as a cost centre, department or division)

A particularly beneficial feature of License Manager has been its ability to assign software licenses to specific device classes, such as Desktop, Laptop and Server. 5.8.2 adds extensible Device Classes, so SAM managers can now add their own classes beyond the default Desktop, Laptop and Server entries, so company specific classes can be added such as ‘Point Of Sale’, ‘Kiosk’, ‘Virtual Desktop’ etc. Each device class can be assigned a default license metric, so software discovered on those devices will inherit the metric of the device class. This adds an extra layer of audit protection for an organisation as it prevents the wrong type of license being applied to the device. Using more detailed context it enables the user to make an informed discussion of what entitlement to use.

Other enhancements to License Manager 5.8.2 include the ability to assign device data to specific audit runs (so that device changes can be tracked between audits), the ability to assign devices to business units during the device import process, and the addition of numerous new hardware-specific reports. For a complete list of additional features, visit http://www.licensedashboard.com/license-management-support/whats-new-in-license-manager.html.