AppClarity can take Inventory and combine that with your entitlements to show your current compliance position, or the license position. The compliance position shows the result of matching up your current installations with your currently defined entitlements so that you can tell whether your entitlements are deficient, sufficient or surplus to your installations.

In this example we will show how to use the License Summary and License Position pages to identify license deficits and how you can work to quickly implement the entitlements you need to change the deficits into surpluses. Before viewing License Summary, please ensure all License Demand reports have refreshed to get the correct numbers for complex metric based products.

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Viewing your license position

Your license position contrasts with your product compliance position, as shown in the previous Viewing product compliance example, in that it not only shows you license deficiencies it also shows your surplus licenses. This lets you work towards the ideal position where you roughly balance the two, so that you are completely compliant but have not drastically overspent on your licenses - some slight excess may be desirable to cater for future demand.

Navigate to the AppClarity→Compliance→License Position page. For more details on the fields in this page please refer to License Position page.

In our example, on this page in the License Position column we can see the 5 excess of licenses implemented for the Microsoft Visio product.

Scanning down the products we can see a -8 deficit for Microsoft Project. Based on 10 licenses we have purchased for Microsoft Project we'd like to turn this now into a similar excess of 5 licenses.

You can choose which columns are displayed in Inventory and AppClarity detail tables to increase readability. On pages where you can pick the displayed columns you'll see a new control like the one highlighted below:

Column Picker

To find out more about this feature refer to Running your first Compliance License Summary: Choosing the columns to display in reports.

License Position

The quickest way of doing this is to navigate to the AppClarity→Licenses / Maintenances page, we then set a filter to get directly to the Microsoft Project installations:

  1. Click the  at the right-hand under the Title Column header
  2. Construct the filter Contains Project 
  3. Click Apply to set the filter

In our example select the row with Microsoft Project and a Type of License click the Edit button when it becomes enabled.

Licenses and Maintenance

In the Edit License page prefilled with the details for Microsoft Project we set: 

  • Quantity to 24 
  • Unit cost to $400.

From AppClarity 7.1 you can change the default displayed currency from USD to a currency of your choice, refer to Changing the default currency in AppClarity for details.

Then click Publish to publish the new entitlement and then refresh the necessary Compliance report to make the new entitlement count against our installations, using the Refresh reports icon on the top right of the page.

From AppClarity 7.1 you can refresh reports from individual AppClarity screens as well as using the Settings App. You can do this by using the refresh icon next to the Last Refreshed box, for example:

Report refresh control

For a complete list of the specific reports you can run from particular pages refer to Running your first Compliance License Summary: Refresh Reports.

You can also refresh reports using the Settings app, for example:

  1. Switch to Settings→Configuration→Connectors and click Execute.
  2. In the Execute action popup from Repository select Default Compliance and Action as Generate Report - Compliance, and click Execute.
  3. To monitor the progress of the new action navigate to Settings→Monitoring→Process log to view the Generate Report action running.
  4. When the Generate Report action has completed, switch app to AppClarity→Compliance→License  Position.

Having made the entitlement count we now navigate back to the  AppClarity→Compliance→License Position page where in our example we can see that the deficit of  -8  for  Microsoft Project  is now a surplus of  5 .

License Position updated

In this example we've seen how to view the license position for each product. We've identified a deficit of  -8  for  Microsoft Project  and used the  License Summary  page to add additional Microsoft Project  licenses. We've then browsed back to the  License Position  and seen the deficit turn into a surplus.