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1E AppClarity for Adobe License Management

This review of AppClarity from 1E is part of our Adobe License Management feature.

1E Commercial Summary

Product Name AppClarity
Product Version Reviewed 4.0
Version Release Date February 2013
Year Company Founded & Turnover 1997, £30M
Customers ~ 50
Pricing Not disclosed

1E AppClarity for Adobe License Management

AppClarity from 1E has some great technology to offer organizations looking to manage and reduce the cost of their Adobe estate.

AppClarity can import Adobe License entitlements and work with inventory sources to provide a clear view on Adobe compliance and efficiency. The inbuilt AppClarity software catalogue and analytics engines works to filter out irrelevant configuration noise, group Adobe installs into common families and identify those Adobe installs that require a license. Whilst we didn’t perform rigorous benchmarking of the Adobe recognition capabilities of 1E the technology certainly does a good job of pointing users to the most pertinent information and sorting the wheat from the chaff.

Set and Forget Software Efficiency

Reports can be run to calculate the savings from unused Adobe software. However, for me the real AppClarity raison d’être is going beyond reporting and actually taking action on unused Adobe software.

Administrators can specify policies to remove unused or rarely used software by an automated ‘re-claimer’ facility which offers a customer friendly pop-up interaction. Users can specify whether they wish to keep hold of software or give blessing for removal.

This is a great, proactive and automated efficiency driver.  The real savings are three fold:

  1. Organizations will typically have a run-rate of new Adobe purchases to make – these can be reduced or eliminated by stockpiling unused copies.
  2. Organizations can ensure they are making the most efficient use of Adobe well ahead of a contract negotiations or audits, rather than trying to catch up retrospectively. It places the organization in charge of their negotiation – not only providing good visibility of their compliance position but also the leanest possible use of the software. Assuming that is, that AppClarity has been given a few months to work its magic.
  3. Efficiency is built in the front end – an organization could be quite immature when it comes to SAM processes and still benefit from efficiency savings.

Functional Redundancy – Acrobat and ‘Save as PDF’ in Office

There is a cool report within AppClarity to identify functional overlap between users with Adobe Standard and Professional and Microsoft ‘Save as PDF’ Office plugin functionality. Users can be weaned away from Adobe to use the PDF creation facility within Microsoft with some persuasion from Software Asset Managers.

The report automatically identifies the target devices and calculates potential savings. A quick campaign to educate users on how to use this Microsoft functionality and convince users to part with their Adobe installs could shift a few more copies of Acrobat off the network (Those without the Microsoft PDF functionality can be transitioned to cheaper or free alternatives)

Monitoring Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud editions are included (or will be included as they appear) along with existing legacy Adobe Creative Suite and individual product installations. So organizations will be able to discriminate which elements of their Adobe estate were installed as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.

We have looked at 1E AppClarity before as a plug-in for Microsoft SCCM. Version 4.0 of AppClarity extends beyond desktop software into the datacentre via agentless discovery. Their first target for datacentre efficiency is VMware.

1E have done a great job in taking an action-oriented approach to SAM since entering the market in 2011. Large enterprise SAM competitors tend to have more depth in managing entitlements and contracts. I look forward to seeing 1E depth build more capabilities in this area and what innovation they can bring to managing other datacentre vendors.


This review is part of our Adobe License Management feature.

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About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.

He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.

Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).

When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.

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