We all know there's heaps of software on the market for just about anything and it's certainly the case when it comes to software inventory tools - the likes of Microsoft SCCM. In an enterprise context, these tools do a great job of telling you what's been installed and sometimes even what's been opened. It's been the same way for decades now and so in our view it's a kind of old-school approach.
Not too long ago we launched Insightcentr - the new kid on the block. Here's 5 things our customers and partners have shared that are pretty cool about the product:
#1. Actual usage and not just what's installed.
This is at #1 for a reason - it's the killer blow. We give you the data associated with what's actually been used. Not what's been installed or what's been opened, but which application people are putting their full attention to. Now that's something special and missing from just about everything else out there. It's part of our special sauce and arguably one of the key reasons people want to work with us.
#2. Desktop or web - we don't care.
With the anticipation of finding the Achilles heel with our solution, most people ask us the question - "Can you help us report on both the usage of desktop applications as well as web browser activity?". With a smile, the answer is an emphatic "YES, of course!" And to boot, we also handle individual tabs across all major browsers. Now that's sweet, and a strong #2.
#3. Mashup your own data - easily.
Most Software-as-a-Service solutions provide a heap of canned reports, dashboards and the other analytics tool. So do we. The problem is that it's not easy to mashup your own data into them, as they're often a closed sytem. With Insightcentr we connect directly into Microsoft Power BI which means that it's easy to upload and mashup your own data. Always wanted to charge back software consumption by cost center? Just add in an Excel table and you've got yourself a full charge back model ready to go - all for an investment of perhaps 90 seconds effort.
#4. YOU COULD be seeing DATA TODAY.
We've put the stopwatch on and recorded every step and we'd be surprised if, for an organisation of 1,000 seats you were unable to get Insightcentr up and running within a day. Our lightweight agent requires only HTTPs so should work fine with most firewall configurations. We accelerate your reporting as well with our pre-built Power BI content pack. Everything else can be measured in minutes.
#5. ZERO infrastructure REQUIRED.
Just about all the solutions out there rely on installing and configuring a server environment before you can start collecting information. In fact, most systems integrators will quote you 'implementation' efforts measured in months or at least weeks with a list of requirements to boot - more cost and time! With Insightcentr, there's none of that. The only thing you need to deploy is the agent and get your data - how cool is that?
So there you have it, 5 cool things about Insightcentr. Stay tuned as we start to deep dive into some technical details, explain more about the changing world of Software Asset Management and share the ROI we've achieved with our customers and partners already.