In recent versions of Spider, answering questions around recognized products sometimes took big effort. This includes questions around inventory of products: where is the product found? Installations: Where is the product installed? And the compliance of products: Is my companies licensing compliant?
To give better and faster answers to those questions, with Spider 6.4.4 a new page has been released inside of the Spider front end. It is subdivided in three columns: The inventory view (left), the installations view (middle) and the compliance view (right).
Left column: The inventory
To let you get the context of the column quickly, it is introduced with the relevant assigned entities like manufacturer, software, product, and product version. This shows the assignment chain from the recognized software product to the product version (which will be used in the compliance).
The classification area shows the status of the recognized software as well as an explanation of the status. The change button enables you to assign another software, ignore the product or switch back to the original status of the software product.
The installations area gets the user to know when and where installations are found on local machines (programs, files or both). Jumping into the installations will give further information on installations.
The UNSPC information for the recognized software product rounds off the column and can be used in reports to find related software products from i.e. the same UNSPSC category.
Middle column: The installations
The Top 10 installations by legal entity grid lets the user understand the occurrence of installation in the company’s organizational structure. As legal entities are relevant to compliance decisions, the user has the possibility to identify implications on the company’s compliance.
The charts installations by asset type and installations by asset status give hints on finding inappropriate usage of software products (do servers need office software?) as well as unused software (inactive assets will not be considered in the compliance calculation).
Right column: Compliance
Relevant compliance information is shown in the right column of the page to let the user get a quick overview of the calculated compliance for the software product. License shortfall and/or license surplus are shown as far as the assigned products are affected.
Linked entities at the top of the column let the user dive into deeper compliance views inside the single entities (product, product version).
The license requirement results from the installations, as installations need to be licensed. The License entitlement held against it explains the license position. Furthermore it hints the user when possible problems in the data quality of the license inventory exist for the product version.
How to access
The new page SwrResultsEdit can be accessed through the selection of a software product in the results view of software products, which is included in the Spider main menu, region Software Services.
The search page for recognized software products has been renewed with the latest Spider update as well. With this version, the following improvements have been implemented:
The manufacturer column has been added to the search
It is now possible to filter the manufacturers by SAM Priority
The new filter panel allows creating and editing multiple filters for the search
The result can be grouped (for example by status)
The grouped result view can be transformed to bar- or doghnut charts.
The icons for the status have been redesigned.
Good to know
No extra permission or configuration settings are needed: Uses who have access to the results view will have access to the new detailed page as well.
The displayed information is determined considering the spider permission model. So users will only see information regarding assets (installations) they are allowed to see - this includes legal entity permissions.