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SparkleFlow has been developed with the aim of collecting all relevant information about software applications and exchange it with other systems. For example, distribution systems, workspace management systems, service desk (ITSM) systems, software asset management systems, configuration management databases, Active Directory, etc. This makes it possible to collect data, combine it into useful information, and put it into perspective. This information can then be displayed on various dashboards. SparkleFlow has its own dashboard platform where in addition to a number of standard dashboards, dashboards can be tailor-made to fulfill every information requirement. However, it is also possible to submit a dataset from SparkleFlow to a reporting tool of your choice, such as Power BI, Crystal reports, or Tableau.
Because we now have access to all relevant information, it is possible to generate interesting and applicable reports, without the need for additional research. The number of possibilities is almost endless, but to give an impression, I will mention a few examples below:
- Migration readiness.
See whether all applications on a per-user basis have been tested and are ready for deployment. If desired, this can also be done per department.
- License compliance.
By combining information from Active Directory, SCCM, Software Asset Management, Usage Agent and SparkleFlow, it is possible to trace whether there are sufficient licenses and whether the number of licenses is exceeded. In addition, it will be possible to reduce any excess licenses.
- Project status.
At any time, it is immediately clear what the status of the application packaging project is. All KPIs can be displayed in various ways.
- Resource planning.
SparkleFlow knows exactly how much work needs to be done and can determine, based on averages, how many resources are needed to complete the work within a specified period.
- Vulnerability alerts.
By combining information about vulnerabilities with the applications in SparkleFlow, it can be indicated in real-time where the greatest risks lie and a solution can be given.
- Monitoren SLA.
It will be possible to monitor SLAs so that it is possible to make immediate adjustments. Think of lead times, costs charged, or other measurable parameters.
- Application dependencies.
Application dependencies can be made visible in various ways. In case of a proposed change, it is easy to determine which applications could be affected, so that proactive action can be taken instead of clearing up the mess afterward. This also applies to images. SparkleFlow can indicate which packages are in which images so it is clear whether old packages are still in use somewhere unnoticed.
- View costs management applications.
Since SparkleFlow automatically monitors the entire process, it is possible to integrate cost calculations, making it very easy to indicate where the largest costs are.