License Optimizer

Developing an Effective License Position (ELP)

The basic premise of forming an Effective License Position (ELP) involves comparing entitlement with usage. Establishing an ELP means taking software inventory and comparing it against license entitlements. Once you have developed an ELP, you can use it to identify where your organization is under-licensed (at risk of a compliance audit) or over-licensed (wasting money on unnecessary software purchases).

The approach below provides a guide for developing ELPs within License Optimizer. To access documentation sections for the Inventory and Entitlement topics, click the highlighted sections in the diagram below:

Add Install-based Inventory

Import, or manually create install-based inventory

Check Software Teaching for new or unrecognized products

Run recognition







Is install-based inventory complete?













Add usage-based inventory

Import, or manually create, usage-based inventory











Is usage-based inventory complete?













Add License data

Import, or manually create, entitlement

Match entitlement to DSL

Check metrics and paths
(Downgrades, maintenance, etc)







Is entitlement complete?













Run reconciliation













Data Summary







For more information on Reconciliation, see Reconciliation.

When you have completed the reconciliation, you can review the reconciliation data from the Data Summary page. If the results are not as expected, look back through the workflow above to determine any possible gaps or issues.

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