When your organization has a bunch of different software solutions on board, it’s sometimes hard to keep on top of how they’re licensed, distributed, maintained, and used. You might have some spreadsheets here, a few folders of documentation over there – and your IT team may well automatically buy additional licenses whenever a request comes through…
NetSupport DNA can help you get organized when it comes to software management, so you’ll never miss another renewal date, will know exactly how your existing licenses are used – and much more!
- Software application metering
NetSupport DNA’s Application Metering module reports on all applications used on each PC or server, collecting details of the time the application was started and finished, as well as the actual time it was active. Monitoring application use in this way confirms that software licenses are assigned to the right users and aren’t renewed for those who are not using them, meaning that you can save your company money by moving licenses to employees who need them, instead of buying additional ones! In addition, monitoring software use means that you can easily keep unapproved solutions off your network and maintain your organization’s security.
- Software inventory and licensing
Creating a software inventory is a great way to identify PCs with software that has no or low usage. NetSupport DNA creates a detailed summary of all programs and applications installed on each machine – and you can see these details for an individual PC, a department, or a custom group. The software license module supports the ongoing management of all software licenses for each department − recording suppliers, purchase and invoice details, department or cost centre allocation, and the tracking of maintenance contracts – as well as storing PDF copies of any supporting documents. (Now you can get rid of those old-skool folders!)
- Software distribution
There are a few ways to choose from to distribute software via NetSupport DNA. You can create a software distribution package by either applying parameters to a collection of files or folders – or, by using the DNA application packager to record the user prompts, keystrokes, and mouse clicks that are used during a test installation, and then automating these on a live deployment to bypass the need for operator intervention. Once created, the application package can be automatically “pushed” to the target PCs for deployment or, alternatively, it can be “published”. Once published, a user can check to see which applications are available for their PC, based on their departmental membership, and “pull” these on demand. Simple!
- Software distribution scheduling and status
There’s also a Scheduling feature that means you can set packages to be deployed on a specific date and time – usually out of core office hours when network traffic is at its lowest. You can even see whether there were any errors during the installation or if the applications were installed successfully, via a handy report.
- Software update
IT teams can choose how NetSupport DNA gets updated across their business; automatically updating via a smart update or by an external method, such as GPO or SSCM. This helps put your team in control of how and when they want updates to go live.
So, there you have it: five ways NetSupport DNA can help your organization keep on top of its software management and be aware of its use!