Summary

An overview of AppClarity features.

New features

Features in the AppClarity 7.0 main release

AppClarity 7.0 will significantly enhance your Software Asset Management (SAM) capabilities.

  • Improved Usability
    • The New UI experience is more user friendly compared to previous version, applying sorting, filtering etc is much easier
    • There are additional navigation options for operational ease
    • There are interactive charts in the Entitlement and Reclaim sections and more detailed compliance reports
    • There are suggestions on Top 10 reclaim policies users should create for maximum savings
    • Compliance and usage are shown in same pane for users to make informed procurement decisions.
  • SaaS Monitoring
    • Manage Renewals - monitor usage and renew only active subscriptions

    • Reallocate licenses: Monitor usage and reallocate under utilized subscriptions to other users

    • Compare usage of competing products - if users use apps from multiple vendors to achieve same things, consolidate to one/fewer vendors based on usage.

  • AI Powered Autocuration
    • Removes the delay in software identification so there's no delay in identifying software
    • Increases productivity, so users no longer have to spend hundreds of hours curating software,  AI can help automatically match majority of the software as soon as they appear in the estate. 
    • Avoids human errors, the AI is a more reliable and accurate source normalization
    • Users can enable AI-powered Autocuration to automatically identify installed software in the estate if recognized at a very high confidence level
    • If the confidence is lower than the threshold, it appears as a suggestion for customers to quickly add review and add the match rules, making it extremely quick to manage the unknown/unmatched software.
  • User-based Compliance
    • Ability to show license demand per user
    • Optimize procurement - customers can save significant cost by identifying when same users have access to same apps on multiple devices
    • Audit defence - gives users the ability to report accurately on apps that are licensed per user when vendor audits take place
    • There is software which can be licensed on both device as well as user metrics, AppClarity 7.0 will use entitlements of both metrics (user and device) to compute compliance and effective license position.
  • Compliance by Management Group
    • Entitlements can now be affiliated to specific Management Groups, allowing users to compute and view license demand for those Management Groups
      • Software Audits, entitlements are valid to be used only in a particular region
      • Internal Chargeback, budgets/profitability of a specific cost center
      • Specific Management Group Owner, when specific users view/monitor compliance for a specific Management Group.
  • Exempt Device(s) from license demand & Compliance
    • Exempt Device(s) from license demand and compliance calculations using Management Groups – exempt devices for accurate License Demand Compliance (LDC) reporting

      • Accurate reporting allows users to input company specific context into AppClarity so they don’t have to adjust the AppClarity report every time they need to assess their license position
      • Once the license exemptions are specified in the product, users do not need to worry about manually adjusting the numbers
      • MSDN: Devices used by MSDN subscribers for Dev purposes only

        • MSDN subscribers get umbrella access to numerous MS products including Visual Studio, Visio, Project, Office, SQL Server etc. These subscribers usually access a very well defined set of devices, which are used for development purposes only. Customers do not wish to count licenses for those software in LDC/Compliance reports as those are all covered under MSDN licenses.
        • Customers can exempt select devices, by adding those to a specific management group name (pre-defined template) to exempt those for Microsoft LDC and compliance reports
        • Helps customers compute accurate license demand for renewal/true-up
      • Test/Disaster Recovery/Admin/Third Party Devices - customers do not want certain devices to be considered for license/compliance calculations

        • There are devices purely used for Disaster Recovery, backups, testing, or belong to a third party and do not need to be licensed, customers can add exempt those devices (and all its installs) for a specific vendor or for ALL vendors by adding them to a specific Management Group.
      • The feature does not allow you to exempt devices for specific software, they can either exempt devices for all software from a particular vendor or all software of all installs.
  • RedHat LDC
    • Audit defence, users can respond to audits, compliance reports can help assess compliance position and mitigate risks
    • Optimization, reduce your software cost by applying the most efficient and cost effective way of licensing the estate
    • Renewal exercise, users can renew RedHat agreement using RedHat LDC reports
    • Users can compute license demand for RedHat products (LDC), counter on Sockets on devices
    • Users can compute Compliance position based on available entitlements and compute effective license position
    • Helps customers prepare for RedHat renewals/true-up exercise.
  • Role Based Access Control (RBAC), access to screens/actions as per role/permissions provided to user

    • Control Access, avoid unwanted access to different SAM team members, ensure data security and governance

    • Users will be able to control access to screens and actions (read/write/edit) on each screen for every role

    • There are a few pre-defined roles with appropriate permissions, however, users can create their custom roles by selecting from the list of permissions for each role.

  • Custom SCCM Uninstall

    • Offers an alternative way of uninstalling software, customers using SCCM and building custom packages can trigger SCCM-driven software uninstalls based on reclaim policies defined in AppClarity

    • If customers have created apps/packages in SCCM they want to use for uninstallation, they can use SCCM to Uninstall software, users can choose SCCM collection type as Device/User/or Both for a given policy.

  • Identify Vulnerabilities
    • Identify Vulnerabilities – end of support date, Software Category, and Latest Known Version fields have been exposed on UI for users to be able to identify vulnerabilities.

      • End of support (EoS) date - helps users identify installs nearing EoS or Past EoS, prompting users to upgrade

      • Latest Version Known for a software in 1E Catalog - allows users to see if they're on the latest version of the software release that’s installed, once this new version is seen, other installations not updated will be identified as not on the latest version

      • Top Software Categories - shows you the number of different products you have in the same software category, for example, if users have 4 different BI products – that may be something like PowerBI, QlickView, Tableau and ThoughtSpot – it enables  them to identify areas for consolidation and more effective negotiations for pricing on the consolidated title.

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