Software Licensing Featured Articles

  • What is Software Licensing?
    Fierce competition, the cloud and virtualization are all driving the need for application producers to adopt new software licensing strategies that better meet their enterprise customers' needs. The right software monetization solution will empower producers to combat software piracy and increase revenues by easily enabling new software monetization, licensing, pricing and packaging models.
  • The Ridiculousness of Patent Trolls, and Marshall, Texas
    Most Americans are unfamiliar with the term "patent trolls"-companies who buy up patents and then quite literally troll around looking for other companies that may be (mostly inadvertently) violating them.
    4/24/2015
  • Excel Software Introduces LicenseSupport 3.0
    Excel Software has announced the release of its LicenseSupport 3.0 license management software. The software is intended to assist customer service staff to manage the licenses of their customers' Windows and Mac applications using both a desktop application and an application programming interface to a Safe Activation server.
    4/22/2015
  • GameSim Logs Q1 Licensing Uptick
    The company, which caters to the entertainment, modeling and simulation, and geospatial industries, said that it is seeing "a payoff" from years of internal research and development investment as the technology is now being commercialized and licensed to a broader array of customers.
    4/13/2015
  • Crytek Keeps Doors Open with Licensing Deal for Video Game Engine
    According to sources speaking on condition of anonymity to video game site Kotaku, Crytek has agreed to an agreement that would allow Amazon to license its video game engine, CryEngine 3. The amount of the deal is said to be in the $50-70 million range and would help Crytek resolve its financial struggles. It also helps Amazon move further along in its quest to become a major factor in the video game industry.
    4/13/2015
  • IBM Strengthens Software Licensing Terms
    Technology and consulting corporation IBM recently made some quiet adjustments to the licensing terms of Passport Advantage, the company's software license acquisition and management program. The language IBM uses in its standard license agreements is notoriously obfuscated; a perfect example being the fact that the company refers to these changes as "enhancements" despite not being in licensees' best interests.
    4/10/2015
  • Appistry Releases GenomePilot Software
    Genomic research software and cloud services provider Appistry recently announced that it has both launched its new software application, GenomePilot, and will soon end a contract it holds with the Broad Institute.
    4/9/2015
  • Software License Optimization Tools Can Be Useful for Maximizing SaaS Subscription Value
    By now, even the least tech savvy businesses understand that the cloud, hosted and "as a service" models deliver a giant bang for their buck. Software-as-a-Service (Saas) in particular offers a huge amount of features at a minimal price, and it also skirts the costs and rigid rules and regulations associated with traditional software licensing.
    4/6/2015
  • BYOD Security Alert: Enterprises Playing Russian Roulette with Mobile Apps
    As businesses roll-out their BYOD strategies, most CIOs and CEOs have no idea that many of the mobile apps allowed to touch corporate systems and data engage in risky behaviors that could compromise data security and policy. This danger was underscored recently when a free app - Flashlight, which activated the phone's flash function to use it as a flashlight, secretly recorded personal user information such as location of phone, details of the owner, etc., and sent it on to advertisers.
    4/6/2015
  • Microsoft Licensing Almost Got Better-But Not Quite
    When Microsoft missed the boat on mobile devices and the cloud, it looked as though the company's days as an industry titan were coming to a close. But the company has made a remarkable adjustment in course, offering up a competitive cloud offering in Azure, and pivoting from its old desktop-based business model to one of cloud services. It has even shaken up its Windows empire in a big way, and recently the company announced that its much-touted forthcoming OS, Windows 10, would be a free upgrade for every current Windows user (which means most computer users).
    3/26/2015

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The Third Industrial Revolution: Intelligent Devices, Software, and the Internet of Things

The Third Industrial Revolution: Intelligent Devices, Software, and the Internet of Things
Based on this report, it is clear that device manufacturers are emerging from a period of significant challenge – characterized by low margins, stiff competition and brittle manufacturing supply chains. Increasingly they are retooling their offerings to make them intelligent and Internet-connected, opening up new ways of creating value for their customers...

Virtualization, License Compliance and the Application Producer/Enterprise Relationship

Virtualization, License Compliance and the Application Producer/Enterprise Relationship
The relationship between software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers ("application producers") and their customers ("enterprises") has been a complicated one. On the one hand, application producers develop mission-critical applications critical to every facet of an enterprise's operations. Without software, the remarkable efficiency and cost reductions organizations have been able to achieve in recent decades simply wouldn’t be possible.

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Emerging Technology Analysis: Software Licensing and Entitlement Management Is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things
Per this new Gartner research report, "The 'Internet of Things' turns all hardware and appliance OEM vendors into software providers. Licensing and entitlement management technology serves as the key mechanism that enables these manufacturers to protect and monetize the embedded intellectual property running as software on these connected devices or the external software applications associated with them..." Download Infographic

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