How to Track Software License Usage


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BrowseReporter's application usage reports can help with best software license management practices and give an understanding of how software licenses are being utilized within an organization. Better manage your software licenses by investigating how much and how often software licenses are being used.

This can help determine whether your software licenses are going to waste or if they are being used for their money's worth. With this information an organization can decommission under utilized software licenses and reduce their costs significantly. Additionally, BrowseReporter can track URLs and websites visited. Using BrowseReporter's internet usage reports, you can identifiy how often online subscription-based accounts are being used.

 


Benefits of Tracking Software Usage

Reduce Software Costs

Reduce Software Costs
  • Decrease costs on software licenses
  • Reallocate under utilized or unused software licenses to other users
  • Increase budget efficiency on information technology

Software Compliances

End-User License Agreement
  • Investigate which users are required to comply with regulatory requirements (eg. HIPAA, GDPR, CIPA, EULA etc.)
  • Follow End-User License Agreement compliance with software
  • Reduce risk of noncompliant software fines

Monitor Productivity

Employee Productivity
  • Identify the usage of work and non-work related software
  • Differentiate between the time software is actively used and inactively running in the background
  • Determine the productivity of your users
 

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Ken W, IT Manager, Shoreline Sightseeing

 

How does it work?

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We will show you how to use BrowseReporter to effectively track the software application usage on your employees' computers.

You will be able to instantly identify users' computers with unused software licenses or software licenses that are not used on a regular basis

Before you begin:

Install CurrentWare Web Filter Console on IT manager's computer

On the Manager’s computer, install the CurrentWare Console

  1. Run the setup file.
  2. Select BrowseReporter
  3. The Installer will proceed to install the CurrentWare Server, Console and BrowseReporter onto your computer.
  4. Launch the CurrentWare Console, on the BrowseReporter menu (on the right hand side), select Tracking Option.
  5. Check the option "Application Tracking".
Software Application Usage Tracking
Install CurrentWare Web Filter Client on Employee's computers

On the employees' computers, install the CurrentWare Clients

  1. Take the CurrentWare Client setup file and run it on the client computer.
  2. The installer will ask you for the computer name of the CurrentWare Console to establish a connection.
  3. After the CurrentWare Client is installed, it will connect to your CurrentWare Console automatically.
  4. Your employee's software license usage are now being tracked by BrowseReporter.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 on all the computers you would like to monitor for software license usage.
Install CurrentWare Web Filter Console on IT manager's computer

Return to the Manager’s PC, launch the CurrentWare Console

  1. Under the BrowseReporter menu, click on "Run Report".
  2. Select one of the three Bandwidth report types - Top N Applications by Active Time, Specific Application(s) Usage, Application Usage by Hour (with Graph),
  3. Select the computer/user you want to run this report on
  4. Select the sort by, order and reporting period and click Run Report

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Software Usage Sample Reports

Here are sample reports below to help you better manage your software licenses usage within in your organization. BrowseReporter offers 3 comprehensive reports related to software usage in your network, Daily Application Usage, Top N Application Used by Active Time, and Specific Application Usage.

Hourly Software License Usage Report

Daily Application Usage

See the various applications that are being used on computers in your network by the hour and how long they are being used for.
Top Software Licenses Used Report

Top Applications Used by Active Time

See the most used applications on computers in your network by their active usage time, to differentiate from the time in which the applications are running in background.

Specific Application Usage

Select specific software to investigate the usage of within your network such as work related tools, licensed software and more.

Specific Software Licenses
Specific Software License Usage Report

Key Facts on Software Licenses

  • Average cost of unused licensed software is $260 per desktop
  • 30% of licensed software are unused and 8% are under utilized to less than once a month
  • Approximately $34 Billion goes to waste in the US and UK combined due to under utilized software
  • 40% of installed software in organizations in the US are illegally copied or downloaded
  • A software license violation penality fine can be up to $150,000 per instance of illegally acquired software
  • Gartner predicts that 68% of organizations can expect at least one software audit

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