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USER HIERARCHY FOR SMARTZONE MANAGER APPLICATIONS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007920D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Lana S. Dubinsky: AUTHOR

Abstract

When purchasing sofiware applications, such as the SmartZone Manager, customers have to decide on the number of licenses for specific features. How- ever, the number of users that are allowed to access the features may be greater than the number of licenses purchased. For example, if four users are allowed to access a feature but only two licenses are purchased, then only the first two users can access the feature simultaneously while the other two users are blocked horn accessing the feature. Since licenses are granted on first come first serve basis one way to ensure that critical users are able to access a specific feature is to purchase more licenses. This results in increased costs for the customer. The other way to ensure that critical users are able to access a specific feature is to limit the number of users that have access to this feature. If the critical user does not need to access the feature often then non-critical users are blocked from the feature unnecessarily.

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MO7VHOLA Technical Developments

USER HIERARCHY FOR SMARTZONE MANAGER APPLICATIONS

by Lana S. Dubinsky

BACKGROUND

SOLUTION

  When purchasing sofiware applications, such as the SmartZone Manager, customers have to decide on the number of licenses for specific features. How- ever, the number of users that are allowed to access the features may be greater than the number of licenses purchased. For example, if four users are allowed to access a feature but only two licenses are purchased, then only the first two users can access the feature simultaneously while the other two users are blocked horn accessing the feature. Since licenses are granted on first come first serve basis one way to ensure that critical users are able to access a specific feature is to purchase more licenses. This results in increased costs for the customer. The other way to ensure that critical users are able to access a specific feature is to limit the number of users that have access to this feature. If the critical user does not need to access the feature often then non-critical users are blocked from the feature unnecessarily.

  During configuration the user will be marked as critical or non-critical for each accessible applica- tion. The system will keep track of the number of critical users for a particular feature and the total number of licenses purchased for that feature. The system will not allow the number of critical users to exceed the number of purchased licenses. The num- ber of non-...