Managing Software Metering

Examine the software license usage within your organization by creating a software metering configuration for each product of interest.

Accessing the Manage software metering page

  • Select Software Metering from the main menu.

  • Click the Manage software metering in the navigation panel.

You can only meter software that has been configured in the Applications module. Refer to the Manage Applications documentation for more information.

Create a new software meter

Click on the New software metering button in the top-right corner of the Manage software metering page to begin the configuration process.

You need proper permissions to configure software metering. Refer to the Permissions section of the Getting started with Software Metering documentation for more information.

Configuration

Enter the following information:

  • Software metering name: This name appears on the Manage software metering page and the list of software meters in the navigation panel for the module.

  • NQL ID: An NQL ID generated from the software metering name for use when writing queries. Once the system has created the software meter, you can no longer change the NQL ID.

  • Description: A meaningful description of the configuration.

  • License type: This can be either User-based or Device-based. The license type dictates the insights provided by the system and adapts the configuration options.

  • Applications: Select one or multiple applications for the metering. Click inside the text field to view the list of applications. Note: Changing the selection of applications is not retroactive and the system reflects the change starting on the day of the change.

    • Applications can only be associated with one software metering configuration at a time.

    • If you have chosen a Device-based licensing model, you cannot select web applications.

Underusage

Depending on the type of application selected, desktop, web, or hybrid, you must configure different monthly usage thresholds for the application per device or per user.

For web applications:

  • Metric: Focus time is selected automatically by the system.

  • Threshold: Select the amount of time for the usage threshold.

  • Unit: Define the unit of time: minutes or hours. You must enable data collection of web usage time on your system. Refer to the Collect usage time for web applications section in the Manage Applications documentation for more information.

For desktop applications:

  • Metric: Choose between Execution duration and Focus time.

  • Threshold: Select the amount of time for the usage threshold.

  • Unit: Define the unit of time: minutes or hours. You must enable data collection of focus time on your system. Refer to the Focus time metric documentation for more information.

Package details

This option is only available for Device-based licensing.

  • Select either a single package or multiple packages per desktop application.

  • The same package can be associated with multiple desktop applications.

Editing a software meter

Click on the name of the software meter on the Manage software configuration page to edit it.

Deleting a software meter

Hover over a software meter to reveal the action menu on the right side of the table. Click on it and select Delete to remove the configuration.

You cannot add or delete a software application while editing the existing software metering configuration.


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