Quick Overview: Application Launch History Report

June 18, 2021 |  Data, Reports
1 min

We recommend running the Max Concurrent Usage report (included in Application Launch History) when an application comes up for renewal.

The Application Launch History is a great place to start if you want to understand the usage of software applications.

What this report can help you solve

  • Compare how similar applications are used to see if you can offload an unused application
  • See if your current license count is a good fit for actual utilization
  • Even out usage of resources by showing where to direct students to use high-demand software in underutilized locations

Questions this report can answer

  • What applications are students using?
  • How many times are students launching a specific application?
  • How long are students using a specific application?

Report Details

The Application Launch History has 4 reports in one: 

  1. Total Usage
  2. Launch Count
  3. Average Session Length
  4. Max Concurrent Usage 

Use the blue arrows to the left of the graph to navigate between reports using the same criteria. 

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You can run this report for a suite of programs or for a single application.

When to run this report

We recommend running the Max Concurrent Usage report (included in Application Launch History) when an application comes up for renewal.


The Math department has SPSS installed on every machine. That’s a total of 125 licenses spread across 3 labs. After running the Application Launch History report for the previous semester (approx. 3 months), and navigating to the Max Concurrent Usage report, consider these scenarios:

  1. The max concurrent usage for the whole semester is 50. The department can reduce licenses and reallocate budget to other software needs.
  2. The max concurrent reached above 120 at least 4 times over the last semester. Run the report again for the same time period, with the groups (labs) not combined. 
    1. If the max concurrent usage is focused in one or two labs, use a discoverability tool (LabMaps, LabFind, Remote Access Dashboard) to direct students to the underutilized lab(s). 
    2. If the max concurrent usage is spread between all 3 labs, consider adding more licenses or extending lab hours to meet student demand.

Best practice is to run this report on high dollar applications, limited seat licensing, concurrent licensing and anything else that is important to your team. 

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