Introducing Usage Reporting: Make data-driven decisions about your Autodesk products

Amie Vaccaro July 15, 2019

3 min read

Screenshot of usage reporting feature

Wondering if your team is making the most efficient use of your software? Before now, your choice was either to keep wondering or engage in time-intensive, manual tracking of users, products, and versions. But Autodesk’s new usage reporting* functionality takes the guesswork and slog out of tracking who is using what product and how often. This new feature, which is now available for products with single-user access, lets you track assigned users, product versions, and seat usage so you can more effectively manage subscriptions.

Let’s say you administer subscriptions for the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection, which includes integrated building information modeling (BIM) tools for building design and civil infrastructure. A usage report can tell you how many users accessed each application during a given time period and how many seats you subscribed to. The reports reveal who’s getting maximum value from the software, and who could benefit from training or a software upgrade.

Usage reporting makes administering Autodesk software—including RevitInfraWorksCivil 3DNavisworks, and others—more effective, and you can be confident about your purchasing decisions and resource allocation.

Here are five ways usage reporting will make your life easier:

1. Make smarter buying decisions

Usage reports provide the documentation you need to justify and plan software purchases as needed. Armed with details about how products are being used, you can plan how best to provide your team with the AEC tools they need. You’ll be able to make purchasing decisions based on real-time data, instead of your best guess.

2. Manage products more effectively

Usage reporting shows which software and services are being used and how often. For a particular product, you can track the number of assigned users, seats available, frequency of use, and users by version. Usage reports can reveal problems related to installation, compatibility and version use. They allow you to prevent or correct issues quickly.

3. Boost productivity

Teams equipped with the most current software releases work together more productively. This is especially true when team members work across multiple locations and multiple disciplines. Usage reporting helps align teams on the same software versions to avoid version conflicts. The reports also reveal infrequent users who may benefit from training—and frequent users who could share their knowledge with the team.

4. Back up decisions with accurate data

Current usage data allows administrators to decide where to allocate resources. Select a time range, and you can see a summary of total users who have used an assigned product, all the assigned products in use, and the total number of seats subscribed. Then take a deep dive into the details for individual products. Track which users sign on and how frequently they use assigned products.

5. Maximize return on investment

With accurate data on hand, you’ll never buy functionality you don’t need or need functionality you didn’t buy. Usage reporting allows administrators to allocate the right resources to every user on the team. When it comes to upgrading versions or adding products, you can see where the benefits will be realized and how to make your investment pay off.

For an insider view of usage reporting benefits, see these tips for making better decisions by early adopter Jacqueline Warner, director of technology at Pfluger Architects. “Product usage reporting is a great tool for you to check at renewal time to make the right decisions for admin efficiency in your day-to-day management, increase team productivity, and make impactful investments with more tools and technology,” she says.

Learn more about how to maximize your software efficiency by watching our explainer video on Autodesk’s usage reporting.

*Usage reporting is available for subscriptions with single-user access on Internet-connected workstations. It is not available for network subscriptions or cloud products or services. See our supported and unsupported products.

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