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Hierarchy of methods for discovering application usage in software license management Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032890D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

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License managers, software asset managers and software licensing agreements attempt to keep track of users and license levels of software.

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Hierarchy of methods for discovering application usage in software license management

In a recessionary economy organizations may have negotiated and installed a level of licenses that are no longer required or used. Most license managers when installed can track levels of use and report history of use. However where a license manager is not installed, or in cases where the software vendor may not believe or want verification of actual use it is not easily verified.

System scanning using signatures of application use that can verify or infer using evidence of application use that a license is or is no longer in use. For example Microsoft Office* when installed creates certain registry entries and .exe, .dll files. This is a signature of installation.If configuration changes are made these changes and the date these changes were made are identifiable using time date stamps and registry history. If .doc files or internal temporary files are created these are also evidence. The last date of creation can be used as an indicator of use. Successive scans run over time can confirm sporadic use or disuse. These metrics can be aggregated and reported as evidence of usage for licensing negotiations.

*Microsoft Office is a trademark of the Microsoft Corporation