The Software Insights dashboards show you software data aggregated from the Ivanti Cloud connectors you have configured (see Setting up connectors). The device data from these connectors is de-duplicated, and then the software data is matched to an item in the Definitive Software Library (DSL). This means, for example, that if your discovered data includes an instance of MS SQL Server 2016 and an instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2016, they will both be identified as Microsoft SQL Server 2016.
Matching discovered software with items in the DSL also enables the dashboards to identify which software requires a license and which doesn't. Other than for the Software Instances tile, only software that requires a license is reported on the Software Insights dashboards.
The Software Insights dashboards also report upgrade opportunities and end-of-life and software usage information on the Licensable Software dashboard, providing you with information to make informed decisions about your software estate.
About the dashboards
To access the Software Insights dashboards, click Software > Software Insights in the left navigation pane. The home dashboard has 7 tiles:
- Server OS Instances: The number of instances of server operating systems in your estate.
Click this tile to display the Server Software Insights dashboard, which includes charts showing the top categories of software that are installed across your server estate (excluding operating systems), the top 5 operating systems, the number of OSIs (Operating System Instances) with each partition type, and a grid listing the server operating system instances.
- Client OS Instances: The number of instances of client operating systems in your estate.
Click this tile to display the Client Software Insights dashboard, which includes charts showing the top categories of software that are installed across your client estate (excluding operating systems), the top 5 operating systems, the top 5 software vendors by product, and a grid listing the client operating system instances.
- Licensable Software: The number of different software titles in your estate that use licenses.
Click this tile to display the Licensable Software dashboard, which includes tiles displaying the number of software titles at or approaching their end-of-life, the number of software titles for which there are upgrade opportunities, and the number of software reclamation opportunities discovered. Below these tiles is a grid that provides more information about the licensable software in your estate, including the number of instances of each of these titles.
- Software Instances: The total number of software instances in your estate.
Click this tile to display the Software View dashboard, which comprises a data grid with two tabs:
- The Recognized tab shows software that has been matched to a record in the DSL and includes links to the lists of devices where each software title has been installed.
- The Unrecognized tab shows software that has not been matched to a record in the DSL, grouped by vendor. Click the value in the Product Installs column to see which unrecognized software titles for that vendor have been discovered in your estate, then click the value in the Installs column to see the devices where this unrecognized software has been installed.
- Top Vendors – by Install: A chart showing the top 5 vendors in your estate by the number of software installations.
- Top Software Vendors – by Product: A chart showing the top 5 vendors in your estate by the number of products.
- Top Software Titles: A chart showing the top 5 most installed software titles in your estate that use licenses (excluding operating systems or software from Ivanti).
You can click any of the chart segments to display a grid of the corresponding data. You can sort and filter the grids, and click to export the grid data to a spreadsheet.
Whenever a data grid includes an installation count, you can click this number to see details of the underlying records—either details of the software items on the selected device, or the devices for the selected software item as appropriate.
Whenever a data grid refers to a specific device, you can click its name to view the corresponding Device Details page. For more information about the Device Details page, see Viewing the Devices list.
Software at its end-of-life no longer receives support or security updates, so it's vital that you identify these vulnerabilities in your estate. The Licensable Software dashboard includes tiles called End of Life and Upcoming End of Life, which show the number of software titles in your estate that have passed the end-of-life date, or are due to in the next three months.
Click these tiles to see a grid listing the affected software titles, along with an installation count and end-of-life date for each title.
The Licensable Software dashboard includes an Upgrade Opportunities tile that shows the number of software titles in your estate that are not at the latest version. Click the tile to see a grid listing the software titles that can be upgraded, along with an installation count of each title and the title of the suggested upgrade.
Spotting end of life software and software suitable for upgrade using Software Insights, and why this is important:
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The Licensable Software dashboard includes a Reclamation Opportunities tile that shows the number of licensable-software installations that have not been used recently. You can review these items to see if they can be uninstalled and so reduce your licensing liability.
Click the Reclamation Opportunities tile to display a grid listing all installed licensable software that has not been used for over 30 days. The grid shows the Display Name for the device running the software, details of the unused software including the vendor, when the software was last used,
The Reclamation Chance is calculated based on how long it has been since the software has been used:
LOW – between 30 and 60 days
MEDIUM – between 60 and 90 days
HIGH – over 90 days
Before uninstalling software, remember to check the date in the Last Scanned column to ensure that the other values are based on recent data.