JDisc@CeBIT 2015, the Pen Business and the Transparent Text Marker


Hello cebitJDisc friends,

back from the CeBIT 2015, I would like to share my experiences. This was the first time that we presenting our products at the CeBIT and it was a great success for us. Together with our partners Synetics (CMDB i-doit), G-Media (providing services for our solutions) it-novum (ITSM solutions) and procilon (security solutions), we offered a full ITSM product and consulting portfolio that was well received by our visitors. Starting with gathering information about the network environment with JDisc Discovery, we could prove that getting IT information in heterogeneous environments is possible without heavy investments in products and services. This information can then be easily imported into our CMDB partner solutions. At our ITSM booth, we could demonstrate how to import the information seamlessly into i-doit.

For visitors that required consulting on how to configure their CMDB solution and how to setup the complete ITSM solution stack, G-Media and it-novum presented their consulting and implementation skills.

We did already arrange with prospects some appointments before the CeBIT, but we got a lot of positive feedback from visitors that just popped up at our booth. Especially people liked that we are are collecting detailed hardware and software information for devices on the network. However, more important was for them, that we also determine dependencies between devices on the network. For instance, we are getting the physical host to virtual machine relationship for more than nine virtualization technologies, we scan the several cluster techonologies and determine what server belongs to which cluster. Most impressing was the physical network topology detection and dependency mapping module which finds out how devices communicate on the network.

ITSM and the Pen Business

What I also found out is that we seem to have a pen shortage in Germany and in Europe in general. I could see many of those people running from booth to booth in order to get one of their pens. I was thinking about creating a new business unit within JDisc. Currently JDisc is creating affordable software solutions within the ITSM area. Maybe we should start producing affordable pens as well. Then those people do not have to invest a lot of Euros into CeBIT tickets in order to collect pens. I was most impressed by Finn Sorensen, the president of the danish pen collector organization. He told me, that he already has 400.000 pens. Now, he has 400.003 :-). And now, it also completely obvious why we have a pen shortage in Germany. They all go to Denmark :-).

The Transparent Text Marker

We did also experience that talking to people can open your eyes for new product ideas and innovations. Our partner did offer a desinfection spray for your hands. But in fact one of our visitors had a brilliant idea. He was asking whether this is a transparent text marker!

TransparentTextMarkeri-doit’s Transparent Text Marker Prototype

What a great business idea and innovation! To me, it was absolutely clear that this invention can change the world has been waiting for transparent text markers since its beginning! So I was talking immediately with our partner Synetics and we agreed, that the transparent text marker would be a unique innovation and have a virtually unlimited growth potential. Furthermore, we were wondering why nobody else had this idea before although it is so obvious!

As a result, we agreed to join forces and become a leader in the affordable pen business and in the transparent text marker business. I am pretty sure that we can show some more sophisticated prototypes at the CeBIT 2016.

So keep posted, register for our newsletter in order to receive news about JDisc Discovery and the pen business.

See ya next year at the CeBIT!
Thomas

JDisc goes CeBIT!


cebitDear JDisc friends,

this is the first time where we present our products at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover starting at the 16th of March.

All our preparations are running at full speed and we are really looking forward to meet you at the i-doit partner booth in hall 6, block H16, booth 010. You find there everything about ITSM including tools, products and consulting. Our partner i-doit has invited us to attend their partner booth and we are proud to participate. The slogan for the booth is “For the machanics of the modern world”. We see our ITSM tools, products and services as the engine for today’s enterprises as no company can live without a powerful IT organization. And believe us, we have the horse powers you need… :-)

The ITSM booth is hosted by our CMDB partner Synetics. I guess you all know their product i-doit. IT-Novum, an excellent provider for ITSM solutions and OpenSource specialist offers solutions that cover the whole ITSM stack. G-Media is a consulting company that focusses on consulting around ITSM. They have successfully completed a lot of JDisc Discovery projects. Last, but not least procilon IT-Solutions, a provider for IT security solutions.

Come to our booth and let’s talk about ITSM!

Looking forward meeting you there!

Thomas

P.S.: If you don’t want to spend money on a CeBIT ticket, then just send a mail to info@jdisc.com and you’ll get an electronic ticket for free.

Are you prepared for an Autodesk audit?


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Some more insights about Autodesk Software Licensing…

Originally posted on Total CAD Systems' Blog:

Understanding installations, activations and registrations is the first defense against being audited and penalized for bootlegging software. Autodesk performs audits regularly. If your software has been over-installed, it is only a matter of time before your audit number comes up. Over installations are the primary reasons people fall out of compliance with Autodesk. In some cases, the users are fully aware they are not compliant. They either do not understand, or do not care that they have violated the license agreement. In many cases, the licenses are simply managed poorly. Higher seat counts take a little more diligence to keep track of. Throw in the need for previous release installations due to a project or third party program and it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

Autodesk software is licensed “per concurrent user”. This is a little confusing because it can seem that it is tied to computers instead. Standalone activations, for…

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New Feature: Autodesk Software License Detection


SoftwareLicenseManagement

Hello JDisc friends,

similar to the last topic about software license management, I would like to introduce a new feature that has been developed under the Christmas tree :-).

Starting with release 3.2 build 3207, we do collect software license information for Autodesk software. Martin Thompson from the ITAM review has published a nice article about Autodesk audits. The new feature enables customers and consulting companies to get the raw information for an Autodesk audit.

The network documentation tool JDisc Discovery collects the Autodesk serial number, the installed product and version, and the license type (standalone, network, evaluation, …).

The feature was inspired by a contact within a company that is specialized on software license management. After having a quick look on how to collect the information, it turned out, that is was not really difficult and straight forward to implement.

If you’re interested in getting Autodesk license information, then download and install the latest JDisc Discovery build!

Now, I am going to be offline for the rest of the year and maybe tomorrow, I’ll be offline as well :-)

See ya in 2015!
Thomas

JDisc Discovery and Software License Management


SoftwareLicenseManagementDear JDisc friends,

I guess most of you are agree that software license management is a pretty hot topic nowadays. Organizations are threated by software audits. On the other side, there is a huge opportunity to reduce license and support cost for software that isn’t in use anymore.

Some of our competitors in the area of network inventory discovery jump on the SLM train and claim to do software license management. So why aren’t we doing the same?

There are several reasons why we do not claim to be a software license management tool.

1. Software License Management is not as easy as you might think!

When you look at software license management, then it might not be as trivial as you might think at the beginning. Most people think first about their Microsoft Office installations where often one installation corresponds to one license. So license management should be pretty straight forward. Count the Office installations, check how many you licensed and then find out whether your are over or underlicensed.

So far so good. But especially companies creating enterprise software such as HP, Oracle, SAP are very inventive in creating new licensing terms and conditions. The correlation between one installation to one license doesn’t exist in that space. Software is often licensed on the maximal number of concurrent users, on the hardware it is running on and other factors. And of course, each vendor has its own regulations and terms. And what makes things worse, they are also very creative in changing the conditions over time. Keeping up-to-date for all vendor terms is not an easy task to do.

2. There are really experienced companies out there doing Software License Management consulting!

On the other side, the enterprise software is in most cases pretty expensive and therefore offers the largest opportunity to save money. Therefore, there are software and consulting companies out there that focus on software either for one single or just two or three major vendors. Those companies have a deep knowledge and understanding in licensing conditions and they can often help to save plenty of dollars.

However those companies are lacking a solid discovery functionality that is often used to understand a customer’s environment. They often rely on self written scripts or tools. Those tools are often not easy to deploy.

3. Cooperate and do not reinvent the wheel!

So what is JDisc doing with respect to software license management? Our strategy is to cooperate with those software and consulting companies. We provide a solid network discovery product that scans both hardware and installed software. In essence, we deliver the raw data that the software license specialists can use to import into their license management tool or to consult a customer.

4. Conclusion

If you are thinking about introducing a software license management product, then check first, whether the software of choice covers all software products that are relevant for you. Especially the costly software products. You find a lot of information on the ITAM Review page about software license management

See ya
Thomas

Be happy and enjoy our free JDisc Discovery Starter Edition!


BeHappyDear JDisc friends,

you thought, that a network documentation software that scans Windows, Linux, VMware, XenServer, MAC OS X, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, and AIX computers is not available for free? Up to now, this has more or less been true!

But with the latest JDisc Discovery build, we add a new product edition to our product portfolio. With our new JDisc Discovery Starter Edition, users can rid of their old fashioned network inventory Excel sheets and move to a professional network discovery solution at no cost! Our new edition is neither limited by time nor by the maximum number of devices!

We have seen those Excel sheets at many places and they are supposed to document the network. But they don’t! I guess anybody is aware, that those Excel sheets tend to decomponse after a while and thus become more or less useless and in some cases dangerous.

We would like to support those users and therefore, we decided to create the new JDisc Discovery Starter Edition at no cost! The Starter Edition is limited in its functionality, but gets all attributes that we typically find in those Excel sheets:

  • Manufacturer and model
  • Device type (such as Desktop, Blade Server, Router, Switch)
  • Operating system version and patch level
  • Seral number
  • Network interfaces

Once, you have used the free version for a while, you might think about using our JDisc Discovery Professional Edition. The Professional Edition gets a lot more device details that you would never ever maintain in a Excel sheet such as detailed hardware and software inventory. Furthermore, we identify dependencies between devices like the relation between a physical host and virtual machines running on the physical host. Although the Professional Edition is not for free (yeah, we also need to earn money :-) ), it adds a lot of value when a deeper understanding of your IT infrastructure is needed or when importing IT inventory information into a CMDB.

I wish everybody a happy holiday season and keep posted! There’ll be a lot new stuff coming next year!

Cheers,
Thomas

What’s coming next?


FutureDear JDisc friends,

we just have finished our 3.2 release with its new licensing schema and we did a major redesign of our WEB page. Hope you like it!

Not it is the time to have a quick look on what we have on our plate for the next couple of months. Adding new devices as we find them is our daily business. Apart from that, we are working on two major topics in the next months. Topic number one is improving our dependency mapping add-on. So far we are able to detect the TCP/IP connections for devices on the network. Graphical dependency maps illustrate how devices communicate with each other within your network. Currently, the dependencies are limited to displaying TCP/IP connections between computers. The following image illustrates how computers communicate within your network. Knowing which TCP/IP ports offer what service already adds a lot of value when you need to understand the communication paths between servers on your network.

DependencyMap

But imagine if you would know that a process called “oracle.exe” on server A is communicating to a “java.exe” process that can be identified as a JBoss installation on server B! Including the processes within the communication paths enables to understand your distributed application topology! As you might know, we are working together with several CMDB and ITSM vendors. Those partners will definitely benefit from the new feature as they can automatically map your IT infrastructure to your IT services.

The second focus area for the coming months is identifying the SAN environment. We envision to implement a phased approach. Phase 1 will find the HBAs and their world wide names. In phase 2, we’d like to determine the connections between the servers and the storage switches. The last phase would add the feature to detect the zoning configuration and the connections between the storage switches and the disc arrays.

Stay tuned….

Thomas

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