Thanks for your interesting in Quest on Demand, your go-to SAS dashboard for tackling Microsoft challenges in a hybrid world. I'm Shawny Reiner, senior strategic systems consultant at Quest, and today, I'm going to take you on a short tour of the On Demand License Management license by product analysis feature.
If you've taken any of the other tours, you know that ODLM provides an at-a-glance, in-depth usage and cost analysis of your Office 365 licensing, and with ODLM, it's easy to understand who is or isn't using provided licenses, as well as what is and is not provisioned in the tenant.
And before viewing this tour, a good video to view first is a license management dashboard tour, because it provides a quick, high level view of each of the specific functional aspects of the On Demand license management. By default, the data presented on the products page is filtered by product name, and another useful data point is the total number of products in the lower left corner. This number represents not licenses, but rather, total assigned products available via a license type. And, of course, products are the user applications available via the license types, such as Yammer, Skype, and Teams.
For each product, the license type name and the totals for active user, inactive users, and never used products are presented. Active means the product is actively and recently used by assigned users. Inactive represents usage of a product, but not recently, and never used is self-explanatory, but are the number of users with assigned products in that license type that have never used the products available.
This high level data is very useful for some general conclusions and decisions. By process of elimination based on these three informational points, we can understand user adoption, and with that knowledge, we can generally determine if we need to drive adoption for a particular product or downgrade to a different license type that is adequate for the organization.
But the filtering capabilities of this feature help to hone this data for further investigation and understanding. For example, if we filter by a department-- say, research and development-- and we add a particular license type-- say our E5 licenses-- we can then understand that the research and development department isn't really using the allocated abilities of E5. Therefore, we can begin investigating why, to determine next best steps. And this information, combined with other powerful functions of ODLM, like cost analysis and license discovery with user information, allows for educated decision making that drives the organization towards successful results that aligns with its initiatives.
So that's the quick tour. Ready to get started? Check out www.Quest.com/ondashdemand and navigate to On Demand License Management to learn more. Be sure to check out the other available videos.