Improve the process of linking purchased software licenses to the Software Catalog
Linking licenses to the software catalog in Kace is an excruciating process:
1. The description from the vendor and the name in the software catalog are never the same
2. The software catalog does not seem to provide the manufacturers part number
3. You can only link licenses to the catalog if the software has been discovered (used in inventory). This forces you to monitor each license and its first use to make sure that you link it. Only this way can you ensure that your licensing picture is correct.
4. You can only export the titles of the software catalog which have been discovered in inventory.
To make the bulk and single, manual, license inserts and their linking to the software catalog easier, I suggest:
1. Include the manufacturer’s part number in the software catalog to make it easier to link the license purchasing
2. Allow for the download of the full software catalog so that the linking can be done in a database or spreadsheet before the upload
3. For manual license entry, suggest software catalog items based on the manufacturer’s part number, if provided, or a suggested lookup based on the description. The user should be able to override the suggestion by entering his own search criteria.
4. Allow linking of purchased licenses to titles in the software catalog at any time.
This feature is now commonly available in most 3rd-party products. Example of such products are MaqnageEngine and SpiceWorks and they are able to extract the license information automatically without manual feed.
Please consider to improve the KACE K1000 product in order to keep up with the industry standards.
Craig Andersen commented
ability to track software licenses by location,department, building. I managed 100 large sites and 900 smaller sites that all manage their licenses separately. Current, KACE reconciliation is a manual effort. This would be useful for companies that purchase software for projects or specific departments/ORGs.