New Feature Hardware Reallocation
New Feature: Hardware Reallocation
Despite their high cost, technology resources have a limited life. Over time, these resources age and their usefulness is reduced. Most organizations institute a hardware refresh policy that follows a schedule for purchasing new hardware and re-appropriating older hardware.
The new Hardware Reallocation feature for LabStats has been released to help you reflect these changes in your LabStats data. Keeping data properly attributed is important for the accuracy of historical reporting, and Hardware Reallocation makes that task easy.
Session Data Purging
The ability to purge session data has been around for many years, however, an enhancement is now available.
In addition to a one-time data purge, you now have the option to run the purge on a continuous basis. This new option is configurable and allows you to retain a rolling period of data (for example, one year).
Data purging is used primarily for two purposes. First, many data retention policies dictate how long data should be stored, some of which require data to be deleted after a certain period of time. Second, removing very old data which is no longer needed for your historical reporting allows your reports to run faster in the future.
New “Offline” Setting in Maps
Maps are used to display the availability of workstations within your computer labs, making it easy for your users to find available computers. Maps display three different states, “Offline,” “Available,” and “In Use.” We have added a new setting that allows you to show “Offline” computers as “Available” if you prefer to have two simplified statuses. This setting can be enabled individually on a per map basis.
Feature Spotlight: Tagging
Tagging is a feature that enables you to define custom attributes and run reports tailored to your organization’s needs. You can assign tags to stations, applications, and users. Once set up, tags provide customized data for any lab environment. For example, if you want to find out if students are using the university’s Adobe Creative Suite, you can tag each application with “Adobe Creative Suite” and then filter your reports to only include that tag.
You can also segment reports about users with tags related to their year of study, their major, and more. Tagging takes a broad set of data and narrows it down, providing you with more detailed reports. These are only a few examples of how universities are using tags to improve their computer labs. What tags will you set up? You can learn more about tags by clicking the button below.