Software Insights

The Software Insights dashboards show you software data aggregated from the connectors you have configured in the Neurons Platform (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 are both identified as Microsoft SQL Server 2016. Similarly, if all minor versions of a product use the same license, they are reported in the form 10.x; and if a product is a component of a licensed suite or bundle, requires no license, or if all versions use the same license, then the version is reported as Generic.

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 data grid that provides more information about the licensable software in your estate, including the number of instances of each of these titles, and the ability to mark software titles as Prohibited. The Saved Searches menu enables you to select a saved set of filters for the data grid:
    • Microsoft 365 Installations: identifies local installations of Microsoft 365 in your estate
    • Oracle Java Installations: identifies installations of the JRE in your estate so you can uninstall them to avoid requiring a license
    • Prohibited Software: identifies installed software that has been marked as prohibited
  • Software Inventory: The total number of software instances in your estate.
    Click this tile to open the Software Inventory component.
  • 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, click Clear filters icon to clear filters, and click export CSV icon 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 Devices.