MathWorks Applications’ Real Usage Data Revealed

Oren Gabay, CEO at OpenLM

 

Here we’re keeping an eye on the actual license usage of various engineering software vendors. Lately we reviewed the leading applications of Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes and Esri. Today we’ll examine MathWorks, the developer of MATLAB, a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization and programming.

We have been collecting anonymous utilization data from hundreds of organizations through the OpenLM License Parser, our interface for parsing license server logs and license files. This free online tool highlights license usage patterns and statistics, and produces insight on license inventory, utilization and availability.

We examined the license usage data of MathWorks’ popular applications based on different usage data of different organizations. We selected 4 main usage categories:

    1. Average Session Duration: Short average session durations usually imply a healthy organizational culture, whereas long average session lengths imply that users are unnecessarily keeping licenses for themselves.
    2. Daily Sessions per User: High number of sessions indicates that users employ licenses as needed, and return them to the license pool when they are done.
    3. Rate of License Denials: Having not being denied a license at all may imply that the license pool is underutilized. Having too many denials implies that licenses are too few or should be better managed.
      Note that denial reporting may not be fully accurate, since FLEXlm reports more denials than you actually have. The OpenLM server software filters false denials and reports only TRUE denials, but the specific parser implementation is limited in this aspect.
    4. Total Utilization Percentage: The ratio between the total usage in a given time period, and the total potential usage of all acquired licenses during that period. Comparing an organization’s “Total Utilization” score to the average benchmark spells out the bottom line for license efficiency.

The results of MathWorks’ leading applications are summarized below (usage data for ALL MathWorks applications can be found here):

MathWorks Applications

Average Session Duration (Hours)

Daily Sessions per User

Denials per Hour

Total Utilization Percentage

MATLAB

8:44

15.63

1.94

17.54%

SIMULINK

13:18

1.81

0.10

17.86%

Distributed Computing Server

5:49

5.15

0.68

22.32%

Curve Fitting Toolbox

23:11

0.15

0.59

26.86%

Optimization Toolbox

17:13

0.99

7.14

25.81%

Image Toolbox

10:15

0.65

6.35

21.51%

Statistics Toolbox

39:53

0.59

1.94

25.96%

Symbolic Toolbox

6:19

0.24

0.27

20.75%

We strongly advise license administrators and IT personnel to compare the usage data in their specific organization to the benchmark data presented above. This way, they will ascertain whether their use of MathWorks’ software licenses is in the ballpark.

You’re welcome to download our white paper that includes license usage benchmarks for other engineering applications.

Oren Gabay is the CEO of OpenLM, a provider of software license management solutions for engineering applications

OpenLM License Parser Release Version 1.2

OpenLM License Parser Version 1.2

Version 1.2 is the third release of OpenLM License Parser, a service provided by OpenLM to the public of license managers.

The service is available at: www.alllicenseparser.com

What’s new in OpenLM Parser Version 1.2

  1. Added license usage charts:
    1. Session Length Distribution By Duration
    2. Top 10 Used Features in Minutes
    3. Top 10 Consumed Features by Number of Sessions
    4. Top 10 Users by Number of Sessions
    5. Top 10 Denied Features
    6. Top 10 Denied Users

What is new in license parser version 1.1

OpenLM License Parser Release Version 1.1

Version 1.1 is the second release of OpenLM License Parser, a service provided by OpenLM to the public of license managers.

The service is available at: www.licenseusageparser.com

What’s new in OpenLM Parser Version 1.1

  1. Added support for the new SLOG section that is supported by Flexera Publisher version 11.12. To our best knowledge, the only vendor that supports this functionality is Autodesk.
  2. Reporting of Options that are defined for the license manager. See this post for a short explanation about FLEXlm options files.
  3. Report license server diagnostics.
  4. Better error handling and reporting to the user.
  5. Updated site layout and added a “What is OpenLM License Parser Video?”
  6. Better drag & drop interface for files