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.
  • Open Source Licenses: Read the Fine Print
    While open source licenses offer users and developers a lot of freedom, they should still read the fine print of these licenses, according to Network World.
    8/28/2015
  • Customers Getting Fed Up Over Complex Enterprise Licensing Schemes
    Companies such as IBM, SAP, Microsoft and Oracle have long dominated the enterprise software market, but many business leaders have begun questioning the complexity of the software licensing schemes these companies force on their customers.
    8/27/2015
  • Enhancements to UK, Oracle Deal May Save Taxpayers' Money
    Software licensing applies to pretty much any business, organization or government entity that relies on software, which is pretty much every single institution across every known industry and vertical in the 21st century. Our British friends across the pond are no exception, as a new three-year deal between the U.K.'s Crown Commercial Service (CC S) and global computing giant Oracle seeks to deliver products and services to the public sector at lower costs.
    8/24/2015
  • Software Usage Data Transparency Eliminates the Pain of Software Audits
    If you'd like to give your entire IT department a headache, just say the following two words: software audit. If you're a customer of Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, Oracle, and SAP, chances are good that you've either recently completed an audit or are about to undergo one. These five vendors are responsible for the lion's share of software vendor audits in the U.S., according to a study conducted last year by Express Metrix. The research found that 53 percent of respondent firms have been audited within the past two years, and that audits are more likely in larger organization. This doesn't mean that small to medium-sized businesses are immune, however.
    8/24/2015
  • MercuryGate Countersues in J.B. Hunt Software Licensing Case, for $5M
    J.B. Hunt is suing MercuryGate for $3.1 million over a transportation management system (TMS) that it says is "virtually useless." MercuryGate has however filed a counterclaim that tells a very different story than that of the trucking and transportation giant. The situation illustrates a thorny issue in software licensing: What happens when the client requests extensive customization of an off-the-shelf solution?
    8/20/2015
  • Software Licensing Issues Highlighted In Movie Industry
    A perfect example of a software licensing challenge is when a company buys one copy of a software program, such as Microsoft Office, and for whatever reason, spreads it across multiple computers in the workplace. The company has gotten itself in a situation where it is not compliant with the licensing agreement terms of the particular software product.
    8/20/2015
  • Software Licensing 101: The Terminology
    In order to better understand the often-complicated pathways on the route of software licensing, professionals both on the purchasing and developing end usually start with ensuring compliance. There are many challenges associated with this topic, and it is up to the IT professionals to address these challenges and be cognizant of their role in keeping businesses compliant, but for developers it's about obtaining and maintaining monetization. Regardless of the issues and challenges, for those who are unfamiliar with the landscape of software licensing, there are a few terms that might make more sense when explained and defined by the experts like Flexera Software.
    8/13/2015
  • How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Software Licensing
    How thoroughly do you read the software licensing agreement before you launch a platform? If you're like a lot of users, you don't pay much attention. More than a few consumers don't even know licensing exists and still others get angry when they can't share software. Like the cassette tape, they should be able to pass it around, right?
    8/11/2015
  • J.B. Hunt Sues MercuryGate for $3.1 Million over 'Useless' Software
    The trucking company J.B. Hunt is suing transportation management software licensing and service provider MercuryGate for $3.1 million over a transportation brokerage solution that it says is "virtually useless."
    8/5/2015

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