FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications Datasheet

Benefits to Your Organization:

  • Optimize software use and reduce spending by 30% or more
  • Ease license server administration
  • Improve end-user productivity by minimizing license denials
  • Maintain compliance with vendor license agreements
  • Budget for the future more accurately

Organizations that don’t centrally manage concurrent license usage often face a series of expensive problems. They routinely overspend and buy licenses they don’t need, or under spend and deny end users access to critical software. They annually renew support plans they no longer need, are vulnerable to software audits, and require a large number of administrators to manage concurrent license servers.

With 25 years of experience as the producers of FlexNet® , a leading licensing technology embedded in over 20,000 applications, Flexera Software® is uniquely capable of helping organizations monitor, manage and report on software usage using FlexNet Manager. This solution also offers a way to analyze usage and denial trends in relation to license terms, costs and organizational structure.

Specializing in Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Exploration & Production (E&P) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) applications, FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications constantly tracks activity and records all usage data in a centralized database. With everything brought together for you, it’s easy to identify opportunities to minimize costs, optimize software spend, increase utilization and productivity and address license compliance issues.

FlexNet Manager® for Engineering Applications is a key part of the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises. This software license optimization solution allows businesses to gain control of their software estate, reduce ongoing licensing costs, maintain license compliance, and accurately forecast future needs across a wide range of applications.

Optimize Software Spending, Ensure Compliance

FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications allows organizations to track and report on actual software license usage for FlexEnabled applications, LUM applications, and other third party licensing systems. Now organizations can stop relying on manual audits and other tools that only provide snapshots in time and start using FlexNet Manager to accurately identify usage trends.

Too often, other tools and methods provide reports that are isolated by server. They lack an overall view across the enterprise, offer little insight into trends, and do not link usage to contracts, organizational structure or costs. In order to make decisions, organizations are left with countless time-consuming, manual steps.

With the usage reports provided by FlexNet Manager, organizations now have a complete understanding of their actual licensing needs, and can save money by making accurate software purchasing decisions. They can cut costs further by identifying underutilized licenses that can be reallocated to other departments and by determining which annual support plans no longer need to be renewed. With greater insight into software usage, procurement and finance teams can also better plan and budget for future purchases and avoid unpleasant surprises.

Centrally Manage Licenses across Your Organization

FlexNet Manager provides a single console view of the near real-time use of all the concurrent licenses in the environment. This enables a single administrator to proactively resolve availability issues, maintain server and agent health, and optimize software licensing operations throughout the organization in a more automated and standardized way.

The new Operational Dashboard in FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications provides an out-of-the-box, near real-time license management reporting interface, Key components include:

  • License Feature Usage
  • License Feature Denials—timely insight to aid faster resolution
  • Excess License Usage by User report
  • License Server Status

It reports both FlexEnabled and LUM application status and provides quick, at-a-glance views into daily operations. The Operational Dashboard is customizable by view and by user, allowing the creation of ‘my dashboard’ by each FlexNet Manager user.

FlexNet Manager completely automates many routine license management tasks. Automated alerts can also be set to instantly notify administrators of potential licensing problems before they affect end users.

We now understand exactly what our license requirements are for the whole corporation.

Dan Griffith, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc

License Usage Analysis and Reporting

Track and Manage FlexEnabled® Licenses –Over 20,000 applications on the market are embedded with FlexNet licensing technology. As the makers of FlexNet, Flexera Software is uniquely capable of providing organizations access to the most complete and meaningful insight into the software usage of these valuable applications.

Track and Manage LUM-enabled Applications –Organizations that rely on CATIA, ENOVIA SmarTeam, or other LUM-enabled applications can use FlexNet Manager to report on and optimize these licenses too - all with a single interface and workflow. FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications now has workflow integration with LUM license servers. This provides the ability to capture license information from LUM servers, monitor status of these servers and schedule regular log file imports to feed into the FlexNet Manager reporting system. The new user interface allows administrators to select LUM servers and set the import schedule.

Common Report Log –FlexNet Manager enables enterprises to define a report log format and import it using the FlexNet Manager graphical user interface or the command line. This functionality enables enterprises to import non-FlexNet (and non-LUM) report logs for usage reporting and tracking purposes. FlexNet Manager provides comprehensive reporting across engineering and technical applications and enables organizations to do consolidated planning for enterprise-wide software licensing needs.

Aggregate Data to Meet Reporting Needs –FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications provides data organization in hourly, daily and monthly aggregations to ensure the right data is captured and organized at the right granularity for disk savings and significantly improved reporting performance.

FlexNet Manager Platform Integration –FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications has been integrated with the FlexNet Manager Platform to allow use of the common Executive Dashboard reporting function. The Platform dashboard reports license compliance for Engineering Applications along with many other types of software used throughout the enterprise, showing Purchased, Consumed and Used licenses by Product, Vendor, Business Unit, etc.

Software Investment Planner –Get answers to business questions more quickly and easily with this powerful planning tool that provides detailed insight into software usage and denial trends as they relate to contractual license terms, costs and organizational structure. Unlike any other tool on the market, it recommends purchase quantities based upon past usage trends and other customizable factors.

This helps organizations to more accurately plan and budget for the future and determine the right mix of software to purchase or retire to minimize software costs. Investment Planner also helps identify the most efficient way to distribute licenses across the organization, effectively manage license denials and address license compliance issues.

Database-Powered Reporting –Quickly get accurate license usage data with FlexNet Manager’s database-powered reporting engine. Run queries against the database to generate detailed, accurate licensing reports. FlexNet Manager also allows organizations to use third-party or custom reporting tools to query the database.

Custom Reporting Powered by Cognos –Create custom reports with Report Designer. Use several chart and graph options to make data more meaningful and easier to digest. Import LDAP organizational structure to quickly identify software usage by business unit or user. FlexNet Manager provides granular access permission control by report and by folder. This allows for separation of data reports by users and the creation of view-only reports based on business needs.

Peak Usage and Denial Reporting –Anticipate and prevent license denials. This report displays license usage trends, showing the days and times when it’s at its maximum and minimum, so administrators can see when the probability of denials will be high and take appropriate action.

Usage Efficiency Reports –See the amount each license is being used in order to determine the proper number of licenses needed on an ongoing basis.

Usage Over Time Reports –See the maximum number of licenses in use over a period of time to determine which licenses to renew and which to drop.

Organization Structure Management –By reporting usage by business unit, geography, project, or time zone, organizations can identify how licenses can be shared and allocated to ensure maximum use. User data can be maintained in two ways: make major updates by importing xml files or make minor updates using a new GUI. This new interface makes it easy to keep this important information updated by providing greater visibility into the organization’s hierarchical structure

Drill Down on Data Points –Get the exact data needed to answer licensing questions quicker than ever before by drilling down on data points to get precise transaction-level information.

High Water Mark ReportsUnderstand peak usage of licenses over time to optimize license purchases and more effectively manage peak demand.

Server Coverage Reports –Document the time period a particular license server was serving licenses, as well as any significant periods of downtime.

Raw Reports –Improve analysis and troubleshooting of license server activity by seeing individual usage events for every license checkout.

Scripting Support –Enter script commands in the FlexNet Manager UI during report configuration to perform custom actions after the reports are generated. Scripts can also be used to automatically respond to various alerts.

Report Scheduler –Schedule reports to automatically run without human intervention.

Multiple Report Formats –Export reports into multiple file formats, including XML, PDF, CVS, TXT, PNG, JPEG, HTML, and RIF.

True Denial-of-License Reporting –Improve the accuracy of denial of-license reporting by having FlexNet Manager exclude spurious or temporary denials from reports.

Global License Server Management

At-a-Glance Summary View –Get a summary view of the current state of licenses across your organization, including the near realtime status of servers and vendor daemons, the most heavily used application features, the most active vendor daemons, and more.

Centrally Manage License Servers –FlexNet Manager offers a single console view that allows one administrator to manage licenses and license servers across the enterprise.

Automate License Management Tasks –Eliminate the need for timeconsuming maintenance scripts by scheduling routine tasks, such as license server reread and automatic server restarts, from within FlexNet Manager, allowing administrators to spend more time on other valuable tasks.

User-Friendly Web-Based Interface –FlexNet Manager’s Web based UI makes it easy for any administrator to securely manage licensing operations from anywhere.

Real-Time License Availability Monitoring –FlexNet Manager allows you to see current license usage and availability, so you can quickly resolve issues before they impact end users.

Vendor Daemon Status –View the current, in-depth status of each vendor daemon in your environment, including their individual report and debug logs.

Agent Management –Get more visibility into and control over your license environment with agent support, which includes views into agents’ health and the ability to remove or unregister a specific agent.

Flexible License Status Updating –Define how often you wish to be proactively updated on the status of different licenses.

Proactive License Alerts –Automatically receive alerts notifying you of potential licensing problems – such as downed license servers, license expirations, license usage thresholds exceeded, and license overdraft situations – so you can take quick action. Alerts can be set globally across all license servers and customized to only alert administrators for a server subset.

Managing Roles and Permissions –Easily define each user’s access rights to FlexNet Manager, ensuring personnel never perform unauthorized tasks, such as deleting or canceling the reports of others. You can also group users into different roles with specific access rights and assign them responsibility for server and agent subsets.

LDAP Support –Save time by using an existing LDAP database– including Microsoft Active Directory and Novell eDirectory databases – to establish user access rights to FlexNet Manager.

Activatable and Detachable License Support –FlexNet Manager can track both activatable licenses (user- or machine-specific licenses controlled from a server) and detachable licenses (concurrent licenses that can be used away from the network for a time).

License File Editor –As license entitlements change, FlexNet Manager allows license files to be edited and distributed to different license servers in the IT environment.

Cross-Platform Support –FlexNet Manager’s cross-platform architecture runs on Windows, Solaris and Red Hat Linux and supports the latest databases. Flexera Software’s license server and agent run on most operating system platforms, including Windows, Solaris, AIX, Red Hat Linux, and HP-UX.

SNMP Integration –Organizations using tools like IBM’s Tivoli and CA’s Unicenter can send commands to FlexNet Manager from those UIs using SNMP protocols.

Next Step:
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About Flexera Software

Flexera Software is the leading provider of strategic solutions for Application Usage Management; solutions delivering continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximized value to application producers and their customers. Flexera Software is trusted by more than 80,000 customers that depend on our comprehensive solutions — from installation and licensing, entitlement and compliance management to application readiness and software license optimization — to strategically manage application usage and achieve breakthrough results realized only through the systems-level approach we provide. For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com.

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