How to Read and Utilize Optimization Reports

App license optimization reports and data are valuable tools for organizations to manage their software licenses effectively, reduce costs, and ensure resources are used efficiently. Zluri offers an Optimization Automation module that streamlines the process of reviewing and acting on underutilized and unused licenses without manual intervention. In this guide, we will explain how to read these reports and how to utilize the insights they provide.

User Flow Steps


Understanding the Optimization Reports

Zluri's App Optimization feature provides you with a user-friendly interface to access and analyze license optimization data. To get started, follow these steps:

  • Access the App Optimization Tab: 

  1. Log in to your Zluri account,

  2. navigate to your Application's Overview page, and 

  3. click the Optimization tab.

  • Summary Overview: Within the App Optimization tab, you will find a summary that includes the following key metrics:

  • Optimizable Licenses: This is the sum of 'undeprovisioned', 'unused', 'underused', and 'unassigned' licenses.

  • Wastage: An estimate of the potential cost savings based on detected optimizable licenses.

  • Potential Savings: You can achieve potential savings by optimizing licenses.

  • Realized SavingsActual cost savings achieved through previous optimizations.

  • ConfigurationsConfigurations to identify the required unused, underused, unassigned, and undeprovisioned licenses.

  • Optimize Now The button opens a side tab displaying the list of users. You can select playbooks for multiple users and click 'Optimize' to run the playbooks for the selected users.


Configurations for License Optimization

Before diving into the details of the reports, it's essential to understand the configurations that determine how Zluri identifies 'undeprovisioned', 'unused', 'underused', and 'unassigned' licenses. 

To access 'Optimization Settings' for the App, click Configuration on the App. Next, the 'Optimization Settings' pop-up appears with configuration options for the application.

  • Unused License DetectionConfigure the period of inactivity to identify unused licenses (e.g., 30, 60, or 90 days since last use).

  • Underused License Detection: Set the threshold for usage to detect underused licenses (e.g., 30%, 40%, or 50% of usage).

  • Unassigned License Identification: Define the criteria to identify unassigned licenses, specifying which licenses have not been allocated to users.

  • Undeprovisioned License Detection: Configure criteria to detect undeprovisioned licenses, which are licenses that have not been removed when users have left the organization.

  • Customize License and Account Selection: Select which licenses and accounts you want to optimize based on your specific needs.


For instance, you may choose not to revoke a free license if it's not being used, but you would want to revoke it if the user has left the organization.

Onboarding Playbooks

You can configure onboarding playbooks for each license optimisation category (unused, underused, unassigned, and undeprovisioned licenses). A playbook consists of a set of actions that can be run on one or more users. Here's how to set up and configure onboarding playbooks:


  1. Select Playbook Actions
    Choose actions that should be executed when optimizing licenses. These actions can be automated, manual, custom HTTP requests, or integrated with Jira.

  2. Automated Actions
    If your application has direct integration with Zluri, you can perform actions directly through APIs.

  3. Manual Tasks
    In cases where direct integration is unavailable, Zluri can trigger mail or Slack notifications to assignees who can mark tasks as completed. These tasks will be visible in the task dashboard.


  1. Custom HTTP Request
    Send a custom HTTP request to an API or webhook for further actions.


  1. Jira Actions: 
    Assign tasks to Jira, and completed tasks will be synchronized with Zluri.


  1. Request to Forego
    Zluri can ask users whether they want to keep a license or release it based on their responses. You can configure actions based on their choices and monitor user responses in the platform.


  1. Set Playbook Frequency: 
    Define how frequently each playbook should run to remove or downgrade licenses for users.


Slack Notifications

For scheduled playbooks for continuous optimisation, you can enable Slack notifications to inform administrators about the list of optimizable licenses. This helps keep the app users informed and engaged in the optimization process.


  1. To enable Slack notifications, click Configuration to open 'Optimization Settings' pop-up, 

  2. User the required category, click 'CONTINUOUS OPTIMIZATION' and make sure the 'Receive Notification' checkbox for 'via Slack' is checked.


        

Utilizing Optimization Reports

Once you've configured your settings and playbooks, you can utilize the insights from the optimization reports to take action:


  • Identify Underutilized LicensesReview the 'Optimizable Licenses' to see the number of licenses that can be optimized across all four categories.

  • Estimate Potential Savings: Use the 'Wastage' to estimate the potential cost savings.

  • Review Realized SavingsCheck the 'Realized Savings' to see the actual cost savings achieved through previous optimizations.

  • Execute PlaybooksUtilize the playbooks to take automated or manual actions on identified licenses, such as revoking, downgrading, reassigning, provisioning, or de-provisioning them based on the specific category.

  • Monitor Results: Regularly review the optimization reports to track the impact of your actions and make necessary adjustments to configurations and playbooks.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1. How can I address the "Optimizable Licenses" report?

The action prompted by this report is to review and categorize these licenses based on their optimization potential, which can involve reassignment, revocation, provisioning, or deprovisioning, depending on the specific category.


2. How can I address the "Wastage" report?

This report calls for setting up playbooks to take action on licenses that are identified as underutilized. Actions may include revoking licenses, downgrading subscriptions, or reassigning them to more active users.


3. How can I address the "Realized Savings" report?

This report calls for reviewing the success of past actions and using these insights to refine your future optimization strategies. You can learn from these savings to make data-driven decisions on how to manage licenses more effectively.


4. How can I address the "Undeprovisioned License" report?

Take actions to de-provision licenses for users who have left to avoid unnecessary costs. Automated actions or playbooks can be set up to streamline this process.


5. How can I track the impact of optimization actions over time?

You can track the impact of optimization actions by regularly reviewing the "Realized Savings" report and comparing it to previous months. This will help you understand the effectiveness of your actions and make necessary adjustments to achieve ongoing cost savings.


6. How can I receive App license optimization notifications through Slack?

To receive notifications via Slack for App license optimization, click Configuration and on the 'Optimization Settings' pop-up, make sure the 'Receive Notification' checkbox for 'via Slack' is checked.


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How to Read and Utilize Optimization Reports

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App license optimization reports and data are valuable tools for organizations to manage their software licenses effectively, reduce costs, and ensure resources are used efficiently. Zluri offers an Optimization Automation module that streamlines the process of reviewing and acting on underutilized and unused licenses without manual intervention. In this guide, we will explain how to read these reports and how to utilize the insights they provide.

User Flow Steps


Understanding the Optimization Reports

Zluri's App Optimization feature provides you with a user-friendly interface to access and analyze license optimization data. To get started, follow these steps:

  • Access the App Optimization Tab: 

  1. Log in to your Zluri account,

  2. navigate to your Application's Overview page, and 

  3. click the Optimization tab.

  • Summary Overview: Within the App Optimization tab, you will find a summary that includes the following key metrics:

  • Optimizable Licenses: This is the sum of 'undeprovisioned', 'unused', 'underused', and 'unassigned' licenses.

  • Wastage: An estimate of the potential cost savings based on detected optimizable licenses.

  • Potential Savings: You can achieve potential savings by optimizing licenses.

  • Realized SavingsActual cost savings achieved through previous optimizations.

  • ConfigurationsConfigurations to identify the required unused, underused, unassigned, and undeprovisioned licenses.

  • Optimize Now The button opens a side tab displaying the list of users. You can select playbooks for multiple users and click 'Optimize' to run the playbooks for the selected users.


Configurations for License Optimization

Before diving into the details of the reports, it's essential to understand the configurations that determine how Zluri identifies 'undeprovisioned', 'unused', 'underused', and 'unassigned' licenses. 

To access 'Optimization Settings' for the App, click Configuration on the App. Next, the 'Optimization Settings' pop-up appears with configuration options for the application.

  • Unused License DetectionConfigure the period of inactivity to identify unused licenses (e.g., 30, 60, or 90 days since last use).

  • Underused License Detection: Set the threshold for usage to detect underused licenses (e.g., 30%, 40%, or 50% of usage).

  • Unassigned License Identification: Define the criteria to identify unassigned licenses, specifying which licenses have not been allocated to users.

  • Undeprovisioned License Detection: Configure criteria to detect undeprovisioned licenses, which are licenses that have not been removed when users have left the organization.

  • Customize License and Account Selection: Select which licenses and accounts you want to optimize based on your specific needs.


For instance, you may choose not to revoke a free license if it's not being used, but you would want to revoke it if the user has left the organization.

Onboarding Playbooks

You can configure onboarding playbooks for each license optimisation category (unused, underused, unassigned, and undeprovisioned licenses). A playbook consists of a set of actions that can be run on one or more users. Here's how to set up and configure onboarding playbooks:


  1. Select Playbook Actions
    Choose actions that should be executed when optimizing licenses. These actions can be automated, manual, custom HTTP requests, or integrated with Jira.

  2. Automated Actions
    If your application has direct integration with Zluri, you can perform actions directly through APIs.

  3. Manual Tasks
    In cases where direct integration is unavailable, Zluri can trigger mail or Slack notifications to assignees who can mark tasks as completed. These tasks will be visible in the task dashboard.


  1. Custom HTTP Request
    Send a custom HTTP request to an API or webhook for further actions.


  1. Jira Actions: 
    Assign tasks to Jira, and completed tasks will be synchronized with Zluri.


  1. Request to Forego
    Zluri can ask users whether they want to keep a license or release it based on their responses. You can configure actions based on their choices and monitor user responses in the platform.


  1. Set Playbook Frequency: 
    Define how frequently each playbook should run to remove or downgrade licenses for users.


Slack Notifications

For scheduled playbooks for continuous optimisation, you can enable Slack notifications to inform administrators about the list of optimizable licenses. This helps keep the app users informed and engaged in the optimization process.


  1. To enable Slack notifications, click Configuration to open 'Optimization Settings' pop-up, 

  2. User the required category, click 'CONTINUOUS OPTIMIZATION' and make sure the 'Receive Notification' checkbox for 'via Slack' is checked.


        

Utilizing Optimization Reports

Once you've configured your settings and playbooks, you can utilize the insights from the optimization reports to take action:


  • Identify Underutilized LicensesReview the 'Optimizable Licenses' to see the number of licenses that can be optimized across all four categories.

  • Estimate Potential Savings: Use the 'Wastage' to estimate the potential cost savings.

  • Review Realized SavingsCheck the 'Realized Savings' to see the actual cost savings achieved through previous optimizations.

  • Execute PlaybooksUtilize the playbooks to take automated or manual actions on identified licenses, such as revoking, downgrading, reassigning, provisioning, or de-provisioning them based on the specific category.

  • Monitor Results: Regularly review the optimization reports to track the impact of your actions and make necessary adjustments to configurations and playbooks.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1. How can I address the "Optimizable Licenses" report?

The action prompted by this report is to review and categorize these licenses based on their optimization potential, which can involve reassignment, revocation, provisioning, or deprovisioning, depending on the specific category.


2. How can I address the "Wastage" report?

This report calls for setting up playbooks to take action on licenses that are identified as underutilized. Actions may include revoking licenses, downgrading subscriptions, or reassigning them to more active users.


3. How can I address the "Realized Savings" report?

This report calls for reviewing the success of past actions and using these insights to refine your future optimization strategies. You can learn from these savings to make data-driven decisions on how to manage licenses more effectively.


4. How can I address the "Undeprovisioned License" report?

Take actions to de-provision licenses for users who have left to avoid unnecessary costs. Automated actions or playbooks can be set up to streamline this process.


5. How can I track the impact of optimization actions over time?

You can track the impact of optimization actions by regularly reviewing the "Realized Savings" report and comparing it to previous months. This will help you understand the effectiveness of your actions and make necessary adjustments to achieve ongoing cost savings.


6. How can I receive App license optimization notifications through Slack?

To receive notifications via Slack for App license optimization, click Configuration and on the 'Optimization Settings' pop-up, make sure the 'Receive Notification' checkbox for 'via Slack' is checked.


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