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Introducing Multi Metrics Capability in Snow Spend Auditor

A recent Gartner forecast on global IT spending projected that enterprise software investment would increase $69 billion from 2018 to 2020, increasing to a total spend of $466 billion in 2020. This trend, largely driven by the migration to the cloud, demonstrates the increasing complexity IT teams will face as organizations lean into the new requirements of digital businesses. 

With the growth of software and applications, and as technology spend is delegated to other parts of the organization outside IT, understanding your assets has never been more essential. For every Microsoft application, for example, you may have vastly different agreements that contain different licensing metrics (whether per app, per user, per X amount of storage). We recognize that this creates an enormous challenge for Snow users, and to help you more effectively manage this complexity, we’re excited to announce the release of the multi metrics capability. 

A part of the recently launched Snow Technology Intelligence suite, multi metrics will provide users the ability to track, manage and report more than one licensing metric per application simultaneously. 

Why do you need this capability? 

Not all organizations are created equal, and licensing models used will often be influenced by various factors, including:  

  • The needs of the business at the time 
  • Understanding of licensing metrics and their impact 
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Inconsistent or poor advice on the different licensing options available  
  • Vendor changes to their licensing models 
  • Regional licensing variations 

As a result, pools of licenses will exist in your licensing portfolio with a variety of licensing models that cannot be easily reconciled correctly against your deployed applications. Often, you are forced to spend additional funds to upgrade, to co-term legacy purchases to a single license model or to choose between multiple licensing models. 

Microsoft and IBM are two examples which employ multiple licensing metrics per application. When licensing Microsoft applications in production and non-production environments, user, installation, processor and processor core metrics may be used for the same application. IBM can use processor value unit (PVU), installation and user-based metrics for the same application.

With the release of the Snow Technology Intelligence suite of solutions, we have introduced the first phase in supporting the use of multiple metrics to license a single application. These changes increase user flexibility, allowing users to accommodate the different needs of the business in accordance with software use rights. 

The application detail page in Snow Spend Auditor, when in edit mode, now allows users to configure and manage the additional licensing metrics in order to correctly reconcile licenses with consumption.  

How does it work? 

To start, Snow automatically sets the default metric for each application. Adjusting this metric to meet the specific requirements of the user can be accomplished by adding a second, more relevant metric, then deleting the first metric. Users working in the Windows Server OS application will be able to add a second metric, however, the default metric set by Snow cannot be deleted as designed. It is the user’s responsibility to ensure the correct metric is configured per the publisher’s contractual entitlements.  

A few important items to note:  

  • The list of available license metrics for the applications has not changed, but the ability to use more than one of these simultaneously, inclusive of Custom Compare Values (CCV), is now included. 
  • Functionality is available to apply the additional metrics to all applications using upgrade/downgrade and cross edition paths. 
  • Application costs per metric can be assigned for each additional metric including the default. 

The below screenshot shows these enhancements in action. 

Screenshot 1: Before adding an alternate metric 

Screenshot 2: After adding an alternate metric 

How do I use it? 

The multi-metric capabilities are available in the 9.3.0 release of Snow License Manager. Once users upgrade, they will be able to easily view license compliance against each of the licensing metrics they’ve configured. Users will be able to view a summary of the compliance and license requirements for each configured metric, as well as a more detailed view, for those wishing to dive deeper into the specifics of each metric. 

Keep an eye on Snow Globe, where we’ll post a more detailed step-by-step guide to incorporating Snow’s new multi-metrics capabilities into your software asset management program. 

In the meantime, visit the release notes page to learn more about the new multi metrics capabilities. Of course, if you have any questions about the capability, feel free to comment in Snow Globe or send a note to your account rep. Finally, if you’re interested in learning more about how Snow can help you solve your software asset management challenges, click here to talk to a Snow expert. 

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