USER HIERARCHY FOR SMARTZONE MANAGER APPLICATIONS
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-06
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.