Since the last release notes, we have brought to you the following new features, changes and enhancements to existing functionality:
- New licensing -related custom attribute for software.
Previously it has been possible to do custom classification of the software products based on the approval status, and the software lifecycle workflow. We have now added a new licensing related custom classification attribute for software that can be used to track whether given software needs a license or not.
Please note that setting this attribute either way is meant to be an informal way to keep track of what software found in your environment would you need to take care of making sure are properly licensed according to each software's specific licensing terms.
In the future, we may add further automation to set some softwares' classification already for you (unless you set it for yourself), based on how others have classified the exact same software.
On the main Software dashboard, you can see the breakdown of this new classification as separate graphs, like with the approval and lifecycle statuses.
- New [energy] use based graphs.
In the Use dashboard, old Energy consumption graph has been replaced with three new device use graphs. These new graphs hopefully better reflect the device's use - from both energy consumption and users' use standpoint - in few different scenarios.
Device active use tracks the average amount of time device has been powered on the days it has been on at all. This tells you how much the device is generally used when it has been needed for something; for example for devices that are not in active day-to-day use but rather powered on for specific purposes sometimes.
Device weekday use tracks the average amount of time device has been powered on on the weekdays (Mon-Fri). This tells you how much the device is generally used on a typical workdays use scenarios, as accounting all the days for calculating average time would otherwise potentially have a significant skewing effect downwards due to number of weekend days with zero time powered on (almost 30% of all days on 31 day months).
Device monthly use tracks the total cumulative time device has been powered on, including all days. This tells you how many devices you have that are potentially powered on all the time, potentially consuming significant amount of energy. Devices powered over 240 hours / month are generally used more than 8 hours each day, every day throughout the month.
All use graphs are accounting for past one month of powered-on data for each device.
- New energy spend and carbon emissions information.
Along with updated device power use tracking we have added completely new information in the Use dashboard summarizing what your past month's total device use means in terms of energy costs and carbon emissions.
Based on past month's use, we project what the same level of use would mean on a yearly basis and what that would translate to. On a energy cost calculation we use average of 11 cents (or 11p for UK) for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) used and for emissions calculation we use average of 3.4 kg of CO2 per each kWh.
Energy draw calculation per each device class is based on average device in that class, depending on the device make and model your exact numbers can vary in real world.
For more understandable comparison point for emissions, we compare estimated yearly CO2 output to emissions created by number of average cars, or if your consumption is high enough, number of 747-400 airplanes!
- New breakdown graphs for security readiness.
In the Performance & Issues dashboard, we have added new functionality to display more detailed breakdown graphs for three existing security readiness graphs - device security readiness, operating system security readiness and user account security readiness.
In each of the "top-level" graphs, there is now Show details -link that displays additional set of graphs related to that security readiness area underneath the main graphs.
From the new additional detailed graphs, you can easily click specific graph value and get list of devices matching that condition.
- New environment selection dashboard.
For select customer and partners having access to multiple different environments under same Applixure user account, we updated the mechanism for changing between accessible environments.
When logging on to the Applixure, or from new top-level ENVIRONMENTS -selection on left-side of menubar, you are presented with a list of environments that you have access to. Next to the list, some basic statistics about that environment is also loaded in order to make it easy to see in one look how different environments compare to each others.
This mechanism now supersedes the old drop-down list of accessible environments.
- Fixes for miscellaneous technical issues and minor functionality improvements.