The term compliance is used to indicate that an organization is legally and correctly licensed, meaning that the organization has the number of licenses required to cover its usage of applications.

SAM on Atlas regularly establishes a compliance statement for the IT environment. This means that the installed applications are matched with the stock of purchased licenses.

If all applications that require a license are covered, the organization is compliant. An organization that is over-licensed is still compliant, while an organization with too few licenses is incompliant. Obviously, there are applications that are free to use without any license. These applications have no effect on compliance.

License requirement

License requirement states the number of licenses required to ensure compliance for an application with the selected metric. For example, for applications with the default metric Installations, the license requirement is the number of installations of the application that require a license.

The license requirement states the number of required stand-alone licenses. Applications installed as part of a bundle are not included, since they require a suite license.

The license requirement for an application is indicated by the graphics in the Application details view, see Application.

License tracking

The License tracking functionality provides the administrator with detailed information on the entitlement state of each application. The entitlement state describes to what extent a consumer (computer, user, or device) is covered by the available entitlement. The administrator gets an overview of what license and what agreement covers which consumer, which limits the risk of licensing the same consumer twice. This information is available both in the application details, and in the computer, user, and device details.