Centrix Software has updated its user workspace analytics tools to make it easier for customers to plan and prepare for changes in desktop environments, such as a migration to Windows 7 or to using desktop virtualisation.
The firm's WorkSpace iQ already gathers information on device, applications and users on a company network and analyses user behaviour to show how applications are being used, by whom and how often.
The tool has now been updated to deliver template reports that identify groups of workers using common sets of applications, providing companies with information on which groups of users might be best served by which desktop delivery model, by moving some to thin clients, for example.
"We can help customers make decisions around which delivery method works best and is the most cost effective in each case. The reports can point to different desktop virtualisation methods and give some indication of what the costs would be," said Lewis Gee, vice president of sales and marketing for Centrix Software.
Where users are already grouped using Active Directory, WorkSpace iQ can take these groups as a starting point and find out what applications each group is using.
Centrix also said it has now brought WorkSpace iQ into better alignment with its free WorkSpace Discovery tool, which effectively becomes a subset of the full capabilities offered in WorkSpace iQ, enabling customers to try before they buy.
"This means that any data collected using WorkSpace Discovery can be imported into WorkSpace iQ if the customer upgrades at a later date, said Gee.
Centrix also offers a third product, WorkSpace Universal, which provides a single application delivery platform for all software and services used in a company.
Licensing for WorkSpace iQ is flexible, but average licensing costs are quoted as approximately £15 per user reported on. Licences can be bought on a subscription, perpetual or managed service basis and prices will vary accordingly, the firm said.
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