Exhaustive Audit & Usage Reporting
K2’s built-in, customizable report templates produce hundreds of different reports directly from its management console. You’ll find an extensive collection of audit, usage, compliance, and optimization reports, plus charting reports such as histograms, and daily and weekly usage analytics.
You can choose reports for individual computers, software products, license management policies, groups of computers, products, or policies, or your entire software/hardware ecosystem. You can easily group physical and virtual computers to match your organizational structure, and then run division reports to view extensive division level details in all reporting categories.
Interactive Reporting & Configuration
The integration of reporting capabilities in the management console is pervasive. Every part of K2’s configuration console can be used to produce detailed or summary reports about software deployment, hardware inventory, utilization, license entitlements, even diagnostics for troubleshooting.
Click on a list window to run reports for all items in the window, click on an item to run reports for that single entity, click on Divisions or Filters or folders to run reports for the items in them. Then select a line in the resulting report and click to run other reports relevant to the selected line.
Every summary report has drill-down capabilities. Internal reports include live links from each reported item directly to K2’s configuration console so you can instantly inspect and reconfigure management options when necessary.
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“We love K2 KeyServer. The way we are able to manipulate data to discover usage patterns is awesome.”
· Kyle Barber, University of California
Administrative Roles & Accounts
K2’s new enterprise scalable administrative Roles & Accounts lets you configure who can connect to the administrative and reporting consoles. Roles & Accounts gives you fine grain control over which administrative actions can be performed depending on the management “Role” assigned for each specific account. Reporting capabilities of an account can also be limited in “scope” - for example an account may be configured so that it can only see computers within a specific division. Administrative Roles can be assigned globally to IT staff throughout your organization.
• Role: Admin access limited to customized set of functions/tasks.
• Scope: Reporting access limited to a “Division” of computers.
Web Reports & Scheduling
K2 includes a dedicated web server component that conveniently installs in seconds. It is optimized to provide direct web browser access to archived, scheduled, and on-demand reports. Report generation queries go directly to the K2 database server without the configuration complexities inherent when depending on other OS services.
The Web Reports home page grants guest access to public reports while managing authenticated access to restricted reports. Notification of newly published reports can be made available through an RSS feed. Since the web server component is part of K2, the web access account privileges are easily managed from the K2 Admin console along with all other K2 accounts.
K2’s complete set of built-in report templates is available as the basis for monthly or weekly management reports that can be scheduled to run automatically. The completed reports can be viewed in any web browser and they are are also fully integrated so they can be viewed from within K2’s interactive Admin console.
Flexible IT Data Integration
K2 does not require any back-end data services from the host OS or third-party processes. The tight integration with its self-contained data server provides for extremely easy deployment of a complete solution. But if your requirements include integration with existing IT operations tools, or you need custom reporting, K2 supports this integration through the following flexible, industry-standard interfaces.
• External Data Linking & Custom Reports
K2 data can be live-linked to external IT management, procurement and help-desk systems with flexibility limited only by your imagination. Data export is not required since K2 includes an ODBC driver that will funnel external SQL queries directly to the K2 database server. Industry standard reporting tools (e.g. Crystal Reports, Remedy, Microsoft Access, etc.) can be used to directly query live K2 data while also joining to other data sources.
• Export to External Database Server
When a dedicated, high-end, sql database server is available, you may want to take advantage of its performance when querying large data sets. Also, custom reports that join to external data may be easier to optimize when all of the data sources are hosted on a single dbms. K2 can mirror its data onto an external database server such as Oracle, SQL Server, or any target accessible through an ODBC driver. Then K2’s built-in reports can simply be pointed to the external data source and they will continue to work from within the Admin console along side any of your own custom external reports.
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