Raw utilization of license metrics

Available from 9.2.1. Raw data about utilization of license metrics is collected for products that deliver .slmtag files and is shown on the Resource Utilization report. The data that is shown on the report is not aggregated. It means that if a product can use five license metrics, five rows are shown on the report for that product. What is more, all metrics that are available for a product are displayed, not only metrics that are defined by your license agreement.

To collect raw utilization data, run the resource utilization scan. The scan is scheduled automatically if you enabled the default scan configuration. Otherwise, enable it manually. For more information, see: Initiating software scans.

For the list of IBM products that deliver .slmtag files, see: Resource Utilization Measurement Community.


Resource Utilization report
1 Retention period setting
To reduce the amount of resource utilization data, set the retention period after which the data is removed from the database. For more information, see: Configuring data retention period for raw utilization data.
2 Export History
History provides initially processed data about the average and maximum utilization of each license metric for each product for a specified period. It is different from export to CSV or PDF that includes only data that is visible on the user interface.
3 Metric Type and Metric Subtype
The type and subtype of license metrics that a product uses. The report does not show products that use the PVU, RVU MAPC or Install Seats metric. To view these products, open the All Metrics report.
4 First Measured and Last Measured
The first and last time when each metric was reported.
5 Maximal Trend Value
The maximum utilization of each license metric over the last 30 days. If a particular product is unused, no resource utilization data is available, or the data is older than 30 days, the value is 0.
6 Maximal Trend Value History
Trend value of the maximum utilization over the last 30 days. When the graph shows 0 for a specific period, it means that there is no data, or there was no license utilization during this period. To recognize which is the case, click Export History to save the report to a file. Then, open the file, and check if the entries that show 0 in the user interface also show 0 in the file. If they do, it means that the license utilization during this period equals 0. If there are no such entries, the data from this period was not reported.

Aggregating the data

If you want to aggregate the data according to your license agreement, export the history of license metric utilization and aggregate it outside of BigFix Inventory. Apply all necessary filters on the Resource Utilization report, and click Export History. The csvhistory.zip file is downloaded to your computer. It contains the export_history.csv file that provides initially processed data about the average and maximum utilization of each license metric for each product.

Example

IBM Product is an application that is licensed based on the number of users who simultaneously log in to that application per hour. License metric utilization data retrieved from the .slmtag file for BigFix Product is a visualization of the license metric utilization that is retrieved from the .slmtag file specific for BigFix Product.
Figure 1. License metric utilization data retrieved from the .slmtag file for BigFix Product

A bar chart that represents utilization of the license metric that is retrieved for BigFix Product.
The data undergoes initial processing during which the average daily utilization of the license metric is calculated. Information about the maximum utilization, including its value and time, is preserved. License metric utilization data for BigFix Product after initial processing is a visualization of the license metric utilization data for BigFix Product after initial processing. It shows that on average, four users were simultaneously logged in to the application. The maximum utilization occurred between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. when 10 users were simultaneously logged in to BigFix Product.
Figure 2. License metric utilization data for BigFix Product after initial processing

A bar chart that represents utilization of the license metric for BigFix Product after initial processing.
The export_history.csv file contains license metric utilization data after initial processing. It does not contain all data that was collected from the endpoints in your infrastructure. A fragment of the export_history.csv file shows a fragment of the export_history.csv file that corresponds to the data that is presented in License metric utilization data for BigFix Product after initial processing. The first row corresponds to the average license metric utilization before the peak. The second row corresponds to the peak value. The third row corresponds to the average utilization after the peak value.
Table 1. A fragment of the export_history.csv file

A simple table with 4 rows and 7 columns.

Computer Name Software Name Metric Type Metric Subtype Start Time (UTC 0) End Time (UTC 0) Value
VMW00912 IBM Product CONCURRENT_USER 2015-06-20 00:00:00.0 2015-06-20 14:00:00.0 4
VMW00912 IBM Product CONCURRENT_USER 2015-06-20 14:00:00.0 2015-06-20 15:00:00.0 10
VMW00912 IBM Product CONCURRENT_USER 2015-06-20 15:00:00.0 2015-06-21 00:00:00.0 4