License management functions
As ICM is fundamentally a workgroup environment, so shared across multiple offices and multiple users, we need to be able to understand license usage of user interfaces and simulation engines. We need ICM to log usage so we can then develop tools to interpret that information or build this into ICM so we can see usage. We often have instances when users cannot get licenses but there is no way to log this so we can establish a business case for purchasing more licenses. Similar with simulation engines we need to be able to report usage to demonstrate the need to invest in more processing ability/licenses.
Ideally we need ICM to log usage:
license type (Viewer/1D/2D/sim etc)
start of session
end of session
total licenses in use
We can then use this information to generate live reports for users and managers of the system and provide forecasts in demand
We are looking at licensing improvements which can be leveraged, we might not be able to get all the specific information requested but are looking to make improvements which would help drive a better understanding of the seat utilisation.
Brad Pierce commented
Great idea, and it will help consultants and utility owners justify purchasing more licenses!
I would add that often the Network License is setup by an IT person that may need this information, but isn't in a position to regularly manage or monitor usage. It would be good for this info to be available to users, or at least some users that know about it, who can then monitor usage and relay it to IT and/or procurement.