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.
  • Software License Optimization: A Key to Efficiency
    Most IT buyers are aware of the tangible impacts of software licensing complexities: Hours upon hours and thousands of dollars are spent on manually administrating licenses. And, millions of dollars can be spent rectifying compliance issues and avoiding audit risk. However, IDC notes in a new report that equally as important is taking steps to spend software license dollars more effectively - buying only what's needed and making sure that everything is being used.
    7/2/2015
  • Paying Attention to Roles Can Pay Off in Software Licensing for the Datacenter
    In an age of Big Data, the datacenter has become one of the most important assets within an organization. For those who are responsible for managing the datacenter, the challenges are many, including staying on top of software licensing. If you have hot, warm and cold servers, the challenge becomes a little more complex.
    7/1/2015
  • Software Licensing Becoming Too Complex for Most Companies to Manage on Their Own
    Ask any IT director what one of his or her biggest headaches is, and that individual will probably tell you that it's keeping track of software licenses. Vendors today license in a variety of different ways, so a single organization may be trying to keep track of licenses that are per user, per device, per core, per memory or even unlimited. Vendors say the complexity is necessary if they're to provide users with the flexibility they want.
    6/25/2015
  • Will Microsoft Shift Away from Software Licensing?
    In a world where Microsoft is the dominate player in the software space, it's hard to believe the company would think about a different approach to the market. While software licensing is where the profit dollars exist, the cloud is where opportunities lie in the future. As such, the software giant is transitioning to the cloud in a big way.
    6/24/2015
  • Microsoft Takes on Complex Software Licensing
    There's a tension between licensing flexibility and complexity. While having a license that is customized to your particular business and needs is nice, the benefits of customization get lost when complexity starts to mount.
    6/18/2015
  • How the Cloud Changes Software Licensing
    When Apple stopped development of its pro photo management application, Aperture, it gave me pause. Not because I needed to switch software and move to its competitor, Adobe Lightroom, but because the change also effectively forced me into a cloud-based subscription model. Adobe Lightroom is available both as a standalone and a cloud-based product, but there is widespread speculation that it will go the way of other Adobe products and soon only be available in the cloud.
    6/15/2015
  • Four Ways to Handle Licensing in a Virtualized Environment
    The most obvious, of course, is detecting virtual machine use and denying it. This is the first reaction of producers, but it is probably the least desirable method for the simple fact that virtualization isn't going away. If a software producer cuts off all ability of a business to use virtualization, it is a good chance that this business will start looking at alternative software options. Virtualization is a larger business strategy that won't be going away.
    6/11/2015
  • Software Licensing Protection for VMs Gets a Boost
    The promise of cloud computing is summed up by the term "efficiency"-by hosting software in a data center on virtual machines (VMs) rather than on proprietary platforms on-premise, enterprises can reap the benefits of server consolidation, increased utilization, better redundancy and faster recovery times after failure.
    6/8/2015
  • Software Licensing Mitigates Overspending
    Commercially viable software packages are complex products containing many components. Licensing plays a critical role in their development and marketing. Software licensing is a complicated issue. 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 not only keeping businesses compliant, but to help reduce overspending as well.
    6/5/2015

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