Hi ITAM experts,
I am interested in the maturity of how your companies monitor and analyse their Tier 2 Network/floating licenses, the licenses managed by a license daemon (Flexnet/flexlm, Reprise, Sentinel, DSLS/LUM, Altium, LM-X, Codemeter/Wibu, etc)? i.e A company buys 200 licenses to serve 300+ engineers/analysts.
The Tier2 vendors are typically IBM, Micro Focus, Siemens PLM, Mathworks, Dassault Systèmes, PTC, Ansys, Autodesk (via felxlm), ESRI, Synopsys, Cadence, etc.
Common products are found within the R&D side of the business such as CAD, CAx, Simulation (FEA, CFD, Multi-body), EDA/ECAD/PCB, PLM, PDM, GIS, Maths, MBSE, etc… With vendor tools like Solidworks, MathCAD, Catia, Siemens NX, PTC Creo, AutoCAD, REVIT, Cadence, MSC, MathCAD, Teamcenter, 3Dexperience, Simulia, Nastran, DOORS, etc.
The majority of these tools are protected by a Flexlm/Flexnet license daemon. A flexlm log file lists the Check-IN, check-OUT and denial information, which some companies look at visually. Or companies often run an ‘lmstat’ command script to get a point-in-time view of who is consuming which licenses.
If your company has these tools, what maturity or approach do you use?
- We do not monitor license daemon style licenses
- We use an ad-hoc script to collect daemon style license info (on demand)
- We use a script or tool to constantly monitor daemon style licenses (active)
- We use a tool to actively manage and improve license usage ratio’s (pro-active)
Very few companies I speak to are using an active or pro-active approach to these expensive licenses.
What are your experiences with managing these licenses and do you plan to move ahead in maturity?
p.s. I unapologetically live and breath flexlm and license daemon style licenses - ask me anything.