Technological advancements, such as software solutions, give businesses the potential to maximize their profits by making work easier and more efficient. Through various software applications, companies can double productivity in less time. However, with the increasing number of software resources also comes the mounting complexity of managing IT resources, which can become excessively expensive. Hence, companies are trying their best to employ the most efficient way to manage IT resources.
Managing Applications under Specific Projects
To deliver better service to customers, enterprises these days are mostly composed of departments or sub-units that specialize in specific tasks or projects. Management provides the resources required to do their jobs, including different software applications with expensive licenses.
Although beneficial for the teams, this kind of setup can be difficult and cumbersome for IT managers and administrators to monitor, especially if licenses are shared among different departments or sub-units. Inefficient ways of managing applications pose risks to IT costs. Therefore, administrators need a tool designed for managing applications under specific projects.
Inclusivity and Confidentiality
For optimization purposes, the tool should allow only users who are part of a given project to initiate or use certain applications. This could also promote confidentiality in projects by limiting application use to only a certain group of people.
A server-client architecture would be highly effective for this tool. The server should hold all the applications, projects, and user configuration. The client, on the other hand, communicates with the server to launch the required application via web service.
Data Processing and Storage
The tool should also be able to collect usage data. This usage data could then be sent to a centralized software usage metering tool for data processing and for integration with other collected license usage data across the enterprise. It should be able to produce reports such as License Usage per Project, Top Projects Using a Specific Application, and Top Users in a Project. Consequently, companies can use these generated reports as a strong basis for IT resource chargeback.
The implementation of chargeback is one of the key disciplines for efficient IT cost management. Chargeback is an activity that aims to recover IT costs by applying those costs to the unit or department in which they were used. With the proper tool for an effective chargeback system, companies can easily and efficiently manage their IT resources.
Open iT Application Launcher
The Open iT® Application Launcher answers this need for efficiently managing applications. It is a web-based application tool that effectively manages applications that are under a specific project. It features inclusivity and confidentiality by limiting application use to only the members of a given project. Its server-client architecture makes it highly effective in selectively initiating applications via web service. It also effectively collects usage data for processing and integration with Open iT® LicenseAnalyzer reports.
Managing applications is easier and more efficient with Application Launcher. It helps in effectively optimizing IT costs, as well as managing and metering applications throughout the organization.