Independent review calls out the “intelligence [License Manager] adds to the license import process”
License Dashboard, the leading developer of advanced license management solutions, today announced that its flagship software asset management (SAM) solution, License Dashboard Enterprise Suite, has received a positive assessment in The ITAM Review, the independent online resource for software and IT asset management (SAM & ITAM).
The independent review of the License Dashboard Enterprise Suite is part of The ITAM Review’s 2012 SAM Tools Group Test, which consists of a complete product comparison and analysis of the main software asset management (SAM) tools available on the market today. The review tested all three solutions available in the Enterprise Suite, License Dashboard’s most comprehensive product set for mid-to-large deployments, enabling the management of the full software license lifecycle from procurement through to deployment and compliance. The three solutions tested were:
• License Manager – License Dashboard’s flagship software asset management solution, which automatically reconciles software usage against entitlements, helping organisations to reduce their software spend, minimise compliance risk and more effectively manage software procurement.
• Discovery – License Dashboard’s software inventory solution, a lightweight fully-featured product designed to track and audit all PCs and Servers across the network, delivering information on both hardware and software deployment across the organisation.
• SAM Portal – Next-generation software asset management. SAM Portal is designed to help organizations move to a higher level of software asset management maturity by establishing and enforcing a structured workflow covering every step of the software management lifecycle, from the end user’s request for software through to its approval, verification, delivery and measurement.
As part of the assessment, The ITAM Review highlighted three key strengths in which it felt License Dashboard differentiated its offering (quotes below):
1) The ability to provide a workbench for a number of source
License Manager can import and aggregate multiple inventory sources. From the other side of the entitlement equation it also provides an automatic import of license statements from software publishers or other purchasing databases.
2) The transparency of the recognition process
License Manager imports data from a number of sources. It then guides the user through the software recognition process. If necessary, users can lift up the hood and see a deep dive of how data has been processed and see the logic behind the decisions. With transparency comes trust. You can see how things have been interpreted understand the process – important if you want to have real faith in the data.
3) The intelligence it adds to the license import process
On the basis that if you put junk in you’ll get junk out – License Manager does not just pump the asset database with crooked data; it defines which transactions it will process, those it can’t and the reasons why. Vendor statements are rarely definitive. Anomalies or discrepancies crop up. It walks the user through the process as if an auditor were looking over your shoulder.
The ‘maintenance schedule’ feature offered within License Manager is also very smart. This offers the user a visual display of upcoming renewals and is missing from the offerings of most competitors.
* Quoted directly from The ITAM Review
Sean Robinson, director at License Dashboard, comments on the review, “We are thrilled by the assessment we have received from The ITAM Review, a very well respected specialist in the software asset management sector. We built License Manager from the ground up to be a software asset management solution, so it is brilliant to see this unique approach being recognised in this review.”
The positive assessment comes at the same time that License Dashboard License Manager became the first tool of its kind to be independently assessed and verified by KPMG, the global professional services firm and software compliance auditor as part of its SAM Tool Assessment.