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 Maintenance Fees Imply You Get What You Pay For, But is This a Contradiction in Terms?
    Computers have essentially made everyone's lives easier. So many things that once required a completely hands on approach can now be accomplished by various computer products. This is also true in the health industry, which includes dentistry. Dental software researcher SoftwareAdvice.com reported that dental offices overwhelmingly investigate the purchase of integrated software for business and clinical applications, but software for the integration of digital sensors is the most requested application.
    11/24/2014
  • Why Every Software Producer Needs Good Entitlement Management
    One of the most important components of any software licensing scheme is entitlement management. While some software producers wonder why they might need a dedicated back-office application to facilitate licensing and entitlement management for the software they offer, these producers risk IP leakage, customer service issues and license overages if they do not.
    11/20/2014
  • App Revolution is Changing How Enterprise Software is Licensed
    The consumerization of IT is manifesting itself as more than just bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. The trend is also is affecting enterprise software itself, as employees are starting to demand that their enterprise solutions perform as simply as their consumer and BYOD software does already.
    11/20/2014
  • Microsoft Names Crayon Group as Licensing Solution Provider in UAE
    Microsoft just gained a new-but-old ally in the Middle East: Crayon Group's subsidiary in the region has been appointed as a Microsoft Licensing Solution Provider (LSP) in the United Arab Emirates.
    11/13/2014
  • Stop Wasting Money: Enterprises Must Invest in Software Licensing Management
    As the year comes to a close and enterprise businesses revisit their budgets, one area they may realize is hemorrhaging money is software. Why is this? Software licensing solutions providers Flexera Software recently teamed up with industry-analyst IDC to better understand the burden software licensing places on companies. Through their research, the firms found that one of the primary sources of lost dollars was "shelfware," which refers to compliance risk and software applications that were purchased but never used.
    11/11/2014
  • CCL Study Slams Oracle's Software Licensing Practices
    Oracle has to do a much better job in its interactions with customers, according to a report by the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL). The "Key Risks in Managing Oracle Licensing" study found that only 8 percent of users said their relationship with Oracle was "acceptable." In the survey of 100 Oracle customers, 92 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed that communication from Oracle had been clear and straightforward.
    11/7/2014
  • Microsoft, Flexera Team Up to Improve Cloud App Migration
    In the enterprise landscape, one of the most well-established cloud computing platforms is Microsoft Azure, which offers a secure and flexible environment from which organizations can implement sophisticated and demanding hosted solutions. But with the sudden rise of cloud-based applications and software, organizations also have encountered a need for cloud-based licensing and monetization models in order to take full advantage of all the cloud has to offer. For software manufacturers, it's crucial to be able to offer its customers easily accessible models.
    11/6/2014
  • Five Legal Issues Not-for-Profit App Developers Should Remember
    Mobile apps serve as a more convenient and feature-laden method of accessing Internet content and tools, and at their core they are simply a specialized form of software. As a result non-profit app developers must consider many of the same issues that other software developers do, with the addition of several legal considerations that are unique to mobile apps.
    10/31/2014
  • Are 'Freemium' Sales Models Ideal for Software Licensing?
    The concept of "freemium" sounds pretty good to those of us left holding the bill. How can we take advantage of key offerings and not have a large debt due at the end of the arrangement? At the same time, how does software licensing fit into the mix? After all, these companies need to make money, too.
    10/30/2014

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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.

This white paper examines the pricing and licensing strategies that application producers have put into place and are planning, and the impact that this will have on the often--fraught application producer/enterprise relationship. Download Infographic

The New World of Global Electronic Software Distribution: Sophisticated, Scalable … and Business Smart

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

The New World of Global Electronic Software Distribution: Sophisticated, Scalable … and Business Smart

The New World of Global Electronic Software Distribution: Sophisticated, Scalable... and Business Smart
Much of the focus in the software world is on building the applications. However, the software delivery experience for users across the world is the first impression and an important moment. Smooth downloads leave a good impression. Problem downloads leave a poor impression, even before the product is used...

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