Software Licensing Featured Articles

  • Make the Most of Your Monetization Strategy
    There are many questions that software developers must ask before a new monetization model is added. Specifically, developers should consider when the subscription period will begin and end, what's the right price point so subscription-based licensing will make financial sense, how will revenue recognition change, how should legal agreements be adjusted, what approach will help add customers, and how should sales staff be compensated under the new model, among others.
  • Breathe Easier: Secure IoT May be Simpler Than First Thought
    The Internet of Things (IoT) has some great promise attached to it. A system that will run like the Internet itself does, but using everyday appliances as nodes operating almost like websites means that many things previously unavailable to users suddenly will be. All those connection points, however, leave many worried about issues of security. A new report from Flexera Software's Software Monetization blog details how IoT security may be closer to hand than expected.
  • Flexera Appoints New CEO to Lead Growth and Innovation in Software License Optimization
    It's a new era for Flexera Software as former CEO Mark Bishof has announced his retirement. COO Jim Ryan is set to become CEO in 2016 and will focus on strengthening the company's position in the application usage and licensing market. Flexera specializes in helping enterprises and app developers maximize the value of their software.
  • BIO-key Licenses Biometric Technology to Develop Apps with Better Security
    BIO-key recently announced that it had entered into a software licensing purchase agreement with China Goldjoy Group Limited (CGG). Under the terms of the $12 million agreement, BIO-key will have exclusive rights to source code developed by CGG subsidiaries used in the FingerQ biometric software portfolio.
  • Visual Collaboration Firm Shows Way to Market Adjustment and Better Product Monetization
    Businesses need to know when the market is changing. And for Prysm, a visual collaboration company based in San Jose, Calif., the winds of change definitely were blowing.
  • There's a Better Solution to Monetization
    A recent conversation with a colleague who works in graphic design centered on a new software purchase. He recalled the college years where it was common for students to share software so as to reduce the cost of purchasing said software. While this certainly broke the rules of software licensing, the poor college student generally cares little for the monetary loss of any big business. Right or wrong - this is the reality.
  • BlackBerry Uses Software Monetization to Reinvent Itself as EMM and IoT Player
    Remember BlackBerry, a company that once had the reputation as the leading global personal device manufacturer? The days of BlackBerry's dominance as a hardware player are long gone, thanks to competition from Apple and Android. And while BlackBerry still plays a niche role in the hardware space, the company has managed to remain profitable, driven by its high-margin, high-growth software unit.
  • Display Firm Demonstrates How to Change with the Times
    Nimbleness is more than just a virtue in business today-it is a necessity. The barriers to entry are less, technology is constantly changing the game, and competition in almost every industry has expanded thanks to the Internet and global markets. Meeting that challenge requires constant adjustment in both product offerings and business practices.
  • You May Not Love License Management But You Need It
    Building a better product is at the core of most software development firms. Developers didn't get into programming because they love software licensing or monetization (although nobody minds earning money for their creations!). Most developers got into the game because they knew they could fill a need or build software that was better than what currently was on the market.
  • Software Licensing and Delivery Options Too Rigid
    A common theme prevailing in ICT is flexibility and scalability, because that is what is required to address the incredible demand of today's ecosystem. However, a new Gemalto research reveals software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers are not making the necessary adjustment by adapting their delivery models to the needs of their enterprise customers.
  • Why You Should Consider a Named User License Model
    On the one hand, the marginal cost of issuing a software license is nearly zero in many cases; the cost of developing software and running the business is hardly affected by allowing an additional user to use code that's already been developed. At the same time, failing to fully monetize software can keep developers from recouping their costs and making a living from their labor.
  • IoT Security Threats Cause for Concern
    We're on the cusp of living The Jetsons' lifestyle; our smartphones can control our thermostats and our ovens, should we forget to turn them off, and our houses can turn our lights on and off for us. Pretty soon, our refrigerators will be able to tell us and order for us our groceries as we run out of them. Our machines are getting smarter and they can talk to each other. It's exciting, but it's also scary.
  • The Golden Age of Software Monetization
    Cloud services are revolutionizing many software developer business models. Even if your dev shop has not moved its offering to the cloud, however, chances are that your business is changing.
  • Time to Get Serious About IoT Security
    The sci-fi action series, Battlestar Galactica, is about escaping robots that want to take over the universe. But let us not forget the robots in the series gained the upper hand by crippling all the connected devices humans relied upon.
  • How Software Vendors Can Simplify Licensing without Losing Profitability
    Anyone familiar with how much software has changed the past 20 years must also appreciate how much software licensing has changed. The proliferation of the cloud in office environments means that you don't buy the software and keep it, instead you subscribe to it for a limited time.
  • Connecting the Dots for Software Deployment
    When running a large organization that relies heavily on multiple software licenses, how and when IT teams "connect the dots" in terms of data, licenses, use, and compliance can get confusing.
  • The Shift to Virtualization and Software-Defined Networks Brings Licensing Complexities
    It's an exciting time for data center infrastructure and networking architectures as enterprises and service providers steadily move to a software-defined model that relies heavily on virtualization. Software and applications rule the market in today's cloud economy and companies are re-architecting data infrastructure out of necessity.
  • Why Software Licensing and SAM Tools Are Critical for Reducing Risk
    In an environment where cloud computing and software as a service has become standard operating practice, the rules around software licensing are changing. Software developers still need to be paid for the proprietary concepts they own and provide to customers, yet the idea that everything is available online suggests that everything should also be free.
  • Beware the Oracle Licensing Traps
    Oracle has received plenty of attention regarding the software audit practices of its License Management Services (LMS) compliance arm and its pursuit of what it calls undeserved windfalls.
  • Simple Ways to Prevent an IT Horrorshow
    With Halloween coming on, a lot of thoughts turn to ghouls, monsters, and the horror offered by Netflix and a good dark room. But for many information technology (IT) departments, a darker nightmare is brewing, and it can make a slasher movie look like a walk in the park. Thankfully, there are some simple steps that can be taken to make those IT nightmares every bit as unlikely as those slasher movies.
  • Companies Need to Monetize the Internet of Things
    The Internet of Things is changing the IT market, and according to Flexera, one of the biggest changes is in software monetization.
  • Software Licensing Models: Change is a Good Thing
    There once was a time when software licensing was the furthest thing from our minds - think college years. Computers were just starting to be used as a tool for learning on a much broader scale and this thing called Word Perfect could make word processing a whole lot easier. We didn't want to have to go out and buy the program, so we borrowed a disk from a friend and loaded it.
  • Software Contracts Under Scrutiny by Licensing Groups in Europe
    Long-term software licensing contracts have come under scrutiny by Free ICT Europe (FIE) and the Campaign for Clear Licensing, a move that is looking to raise awareness on restrictive and business-suppressing tactics.
  • Select the Right Software Asset Management Tool
    Software asset management (SAM) is a complex, thorny arena for enterprises, but it's a necessary one: Keeping track of how many licenses are paid for and being used in order to ensure compliance with licensing agreements and avoid penalties is an essential activity.
  • COMPAREX Talks Cloud Migration, ITEXPO with TMC
    COMPAREX is an IT provider specializing in license management, sourcing, technical product consulting and cloud-based professional services, makes it possible for organizations to move their applications and infrastructure to Microsoft Cloud whether they are an SMB, large international corporation or in the public sector. Brian Kainec, Cloud Architect at COMPAREX USA recently chatted with TMC about the current marketplace and his thoughts on where things are headed.
  • Flexera Joins Sci-Tech Daresbury
    One of the biggest companies in the United States when it comes to software licensing, Flexera Software has announced it is going to open a new headquarters at the Sci-Tech Daresbury. The firm is taking over an office space measuring 4,848 square feet at the Vanguard House. Flexera has announced when it moves into this location it will bring about 30 staff members from its Cheshire base.
  • Logicalis Looks Into IT Requirements of CEOs, CFOs and Line-of-Business Leaders
    The siloed IT infrastructures of the past were inefficient all around. Because each segment was compartmentalized to the point where one department didn't know what the other one was doing, implementing a comprehensive solution was next to impossible. But in today's highly flexible and scalable ecosystem, a converged infrastructure is essential in order to reduce the complexity and pull resources together to automate IT processes. According to a recent finding by Logicalis, provider of IT solutions and managed services, CEOs, CFOs and line-of-business leaders see converged infrastructure (CI) and software defined technologies as key to an on demand and service defined enterprise.
  • Gartner Report Shows Disproportionate Increase in IT Spending
    A recent report from Gartner identifies a disparity between corporate spending on software and its spending on IT departments as a whole. In short, software spending has risen at a much higher rate than IT.
  • ForgeRock: Tweaking Open Source to Make Money
    Can open-source software make money? One company says yes-by changing the concept of what "open-source" means.
  • BlackBerry's $500M Software Licensing Goal Drifts Further Away
    BlackBerry has been through a lot of ups and downs as a company-mostly down of late, as it struggles to fill the void left by its precipitous decline as a handset-maker. More bad news is on the way: CEO John Chen has set the ambitious goal to rake in $500 million in software and licensing revenue in FY2016, but as of its FQ2, it reported just $74 million.
  • Why Cisco Software Licensing Must Change with the Market
    In a world of cloud solutions, hosted options and professionals working from anywhere they can find a hotspot, how do you balance software licensing with constantly changing needs? Do the rules change just because technology has changed, or do you still have to respect the intellectual property of the companies with which you do business?
  • Balancing the Runaway Software Licensing Budget
    There are a lot of aspects that need to be taken into consideration to ensure that your company functions at peak efficiency. The right equipment and software are key features in achieving this. In many instances, a major issue is that a licensing agreement is needed in order to have enough nodes, system maintenance and access to upgrades and updates.
  • Collaborative Development Gets an Airing in Software Licensing Dispute
    A software-development legal battle is winding down, and the precedent for rules governing collaborative development and intellectual property rights hangs in the balance.
  • Small Business Owner: This is Why Software Licensing Matters
    For many businesses out there, the story is all too familiar. Software licensing is a difficult to follow and thoroughly nasty process that seems to exist only to suck money out of the already slim coffers of the small business that's just trying to get by. Yes, it can seem that way sometimes, especially when someone starts demanding true-ups and extra fees accordingly, but small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should be taking note of software licensing, and not just for the obvious reasons.
  • JetBrains Amends Change in Licensing Structure
    JetBrians, a software development company that creates products for both software developers and project managers, recently announced a change in its product license structure. However, outcry against those changes has caused the company to reconsider its position.
  • SoftwareONE Sets Up New Location in Leeds
    Whether you are a fortune 500 company or the startup down the street, software licensing is something that always comes into play. Software compliance and license management are integral in avoiding a software audit and ensuring that a firm is getting the most out of its software deployment.
  • Why You Should Avoid a Software Audit Like the Plague
    There's never enough time in the day. As a result, most of us fail to build in enough "buffer" time for the miscellaneous and the unexpected; we overly optimistically assume that what's on our to-do list is all we need to schedule, or we only give lip service to unaccounted time intended to address the unexpected.
  • The Software Licensing Landscape is Changing: Flexibility is Key
    Software licensing is not at all what it used to be. On-premise licensing models are either being combined with hosted models, or being replaced entirely by subscription-based models. The reason for this is developers are needing to keep up with user demand, and of course create a steady stream of revenue.
  • Flexera Finalizes Secunia Acquisition
    Today, Flexera Software announced the acquisition of Secunia, an industry leader in the provision of software vulnerability management.
  • GFI Software Enters Licensing Agreement with Africa's Phoenix Distribution
    A new software licensing agreement has given an African distributor a range of solutions for network discovery, management and security. South African company Phoenix Distribution has won distribution rights to GFI Software, provider of a broad range of messaging and network security offerings.
  • Flexera Footprint Set for Growth
    Westerners have been referring to Japan as the "Land of the Rising Sun" for decades, and today the Asia Pacific region is chock full of business opportunity. The key ingredient here is having the proper people in place to experience said rise with as few hiccups as possible.
  • For Autodesk Customers, Subscription Licensing Increasingly the Way of Choice
    When it comes to software licensing these days, there are so many options that it can be difficult to spot the best one before a sub-optimal one is actually decided upon. But a new report from Flexera Software suggests that, when it comes to Autodesk, customers are increasingly turning to a subscription model for licensing software. That development may well end up changing how a lot of companies look at software licensing.
  • How Software Licensing Can Help You Grow Your Business
    Growth - it's something most businesses strive to achieve, yet can be lingering out of reach when the right processes are lacking. Even when you try to optimize workflows and put efficiency measures in place, there are still variables beyond your control that can either help or hinder. In the world of software licensing, it's not impossible; it just has the tendency to be more challenging.
  • Flexera InstallAnywhere 2015 Supports Docker
    Docker containers let you package applications with all of its dependencies into a standard unit for software development. It wraps up a piece of software and a complete filesystem containing everything it needs to run. This ensures no matter what the environment is, it will always run the same. The Flexera InstallAnywhere has the same concept in that it is a multiplatform installation development solution to deliver a professional and consistent cross installation experience for physical, virtual and cloud environments. The company announced the 2015 InstallAnywhere is the first multiplatform installation solution to support Docker.
  • Software Licensing Optimization Gains Market Wings
    As businesses rely more and more on cloud-based services that are geographically murky in terms of where users are located, as well as layers of virtualized infrastructure and a proliferation of devices and endpoints, maintaining proper software licensing compliance has become an internecine, complex headache for IT departments. As such, the fledgling group of tools known as software licensing optimization, or SLO, has started to take flight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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."
  • The Perils of Homegrown Licensing Solutions with IoT
    The Internet of Things (IoT) means a lot more devices will be carrying around software that needs licensing management. Many firms will be tempted to use homegrown solutions, as on the surface it seems relatively easy to tie licensing to ERP and CRM systems in the cloud era.
  • One Advantage of Subscription Licensing: Less Chance of a Software Audit
    One advantage of subscription licensing is that it cuts down on software audits; it is a lot harder to mess up software licensing compliance with a cloud model, since software in the cloud cannot be pirated or used out of compliance, and software installed on local machines but licenses on a subscription basis is regularly checked via the cloud.
  • Oracle Gets Tough with Customers to Prod Them to the Cloud
    It looks like Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison, might be taking a page from his late friend, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Jobs and Apple were famous for forcing users to upgrade to new technologies when they felt the old technologies not longer made sense. Now it appears the Ellison and Oracle are doing the same thing when it comes to moving from on-premises software licensing system to subscription-based software-as-a-service offerings. Oracle is using what many call the "nuclear option" to push businesses away from perpetual licenses and toward the new subscription model.
  • Flexera Software Now In Microsoft Azure Marketplace
    Software licensing and compliance provider Flexera Software made headlines this week as its Software Monetization platform is available within the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
  • Securing Enterprise Systems in BYOD Era
    As mobile devices flood the market and bring your own device (BYOD) becomes increasingly popular in the workplace, securing enterprise systems is becoming quite topical. Businesses benefit in security by way of allowing the use of approved and authorized apps, as noted in a blog by software licensing experts, Flexera Software.
  • How Can High Tech Generate More Service Revenues?
    Many high tech companies, such as aerospace, medical equipment and software manufacturers, are looking for ways to grow their businesses. Growth may be attainable by managing their information technology in new ways.
  • Don't Jump Into Subscription-Based Licensing Too Fast
    There are, of course, very strong reasons for choosing a subscription licensing model as a software developer. Businesses need to make sure that it makes sense for their business and their customers, however; just jumping on the bandwagon by offering software licenses the same way as everyone else is just not smart business.
  • Why to Consider Electronic Software Delivery
    In the world of listicles - those articles that consider topics in terms of lists such as "5 Reasons You Might Choose..." - there seems to be an unofficial minimum of five reasons why anyone should do anything. According to a recent industry blog post, however, there are only two main reasons why readers should consider electronic software delivery.
  • Cozzi Unveils Subscription Software Licensing Plan That Makes Money Sense
    When it comes to the world of software licensing there are few companies coming up with some big time innovation. Cozzi Productions has just announced that it is now going to be offering a new monthly software license option for its SQL Query File software. The best part of this offering is that it has a monthly fee but it also has a "cancel anytime" feature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • EMC Building Cloud Presence
    Long before we learned of Gordon Gecko and the corporate takeover businesses have in merging, whether through amiable negotiations or hostile takeover this has been a piece of the enterprise from its inception. Today, solution providers participate in these 'Wheelings & Dealings' not to simply better the firm overall but to improve offerings to other businesses and the public at large.
  • For Device-Makers, IoT Opens Up Brand-New Monetization Opportunities
    According to Gartner, 30 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. That represents a vast new surface for innovation. And as these devices become connected, IoT poses a bigger impact on business operations for vendors.
  • Oracle Rates Poorly with Enterprise Customers on Ease of Use and Licensing
    When it comes to customer satisfaction, the news isn't very good for Oracle. The company has come in last in every category of the Customer Choice Awards survey, conducted by IDC in tandem with Flexera Software, a provider of software licensing, compliance and installation solutions.
  • SaaS and the Cloud Remove Complexities and Penalties Associated with Traditional Software Licensing
    Software licensing is a tricky business and can create massive headaches for businesses of all sizes. Most license agreements feature a complex mix of technology and accounting jargon and even skilled IT and accounting departments working closely together can miss important fine print. And a small mistake can result in costly penalties that impact an entire organization.
  • Do You Own Your Car, Or Are You Just Allowed to Operate It?
    You may have bought your car or tractor outright-or perhaps you made payments for five years and paid extravagant amounts of interest for the privilege. Either way, according to some companies, you still don't actually own your car-at least, the operations part of it. And never will.
  • IBM Adjusts Software Licensing Terms to Support Hybrid Cloud Environments
    IT operations are increasingly being run on virtual machines and in the cloud, which has had substantial repercussions on the applicability of traditional software license agreements. For a long time software providers have limited the use of their products to a single machine, but as the physical hardware that software runs on becomes further detached from the user's location it quickly becomes impossible to limit operations in this way. One of the main benefits of virtualization is that servers in the data center can be shifted around and reallocated to best serve the needs of that facility, and traditional software license agreements lack a way of effectively dealing with that.
  • Are You Sure Your Business Software is Legit?
    Businesses generally assume the software they purchase from resellers is genuine. The numbers show that many businesses are wrong.
  • Better Licensing Optimization Comes from These Four Keys
    There was a time when good software licensing management largely consisted of having a deep understanding of actual software use, and a solid contract to support it. Those days are gone.
  • Budgeting for Shift from Licensing to Subscription-Based Pricing Important Part of Cloud Migration
    Cloud computing is becoming an entrenched way of delivering applications and services to the enterprise, and many organizations have shifted their IT budgets and attention to cloud migration. While there has been a lot of emphasis on moving infrastructure and applications to the cloud, another important migration is taking place at the same time, one that stands to greatly impact IT budgets and operations.
  • OMB Must Apply Strict Directives for Software License Optimization
    Although it's not always successful or apparent, the federal government is continuously looking for ways to improve efficiency and operate more effectively. This effort is spearheaded by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which recently held a hearing titled "Government Accountability Office's Duplication Report at Five Years: Recommendations Remain Unaddressed." During this hearing the committee highlighted 24 areas in the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report that should be focused on for improvement, one of which was the topic of software license optimization.
  • Unlicensed Software Puts Businesses at Great Risk
    As tempting as it may be to use unlicensed software, it has been shown repeatedly that such behavior puts business data at risk. Whatever licensing costs are avoided in the short term are more than offset by lost productivity from software that performs poorly (if it performs at all) and the costs of fixing the damage after an attack wreaks havoc on an IT system.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • SoftwareOne Lands Compucom's Software Business Unit
    SoftwareOne is well-known in the field as a software licensing specialist firm, and it's about to be even more so well-known for such operations thanks to a major new move in the field. SoftwareOne reportedly, recently bought Compucom's entire software business unit, a move that contains several opportunities for SoftwareOne to advance in a field it was already a large part of.
  • Innovative Software Licensing Drives a Need for Management and Optimization
    A move to subscription and usage-based software licensing is opening up greater flexibility and financial freedom compared to the old, pay-upfront model. But, businesses should also be aware that this new paradigm also creates fresh levels of complexity.
  • Flexera Execs Hold Sessions at Compliance Manager Summit
    Executives from Flexera are taking part in a series of sessions on license compliance at the Compliance Manager Summit in San Francisco.
  • Cloud or No, Software Licensing Still a Big Concern
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  • BMC Looks to Slash Mainframe Software Licensing Costs
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    Although cloud computing has eliminated the hassles of installing and updating software for many IT departments, there is one area where it has made life difficult: software licensing.
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    The Texas Comptroller has affirmed an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) decision that a software company is required to collect and remit sales and use tax on its sales of software licenses to Texas customers, according to law firm Grant Thornton.
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    Open-source software was once considered the arena of software engineering experimentation and Internet-for-all advocates, offering free, customizable and flexible applications for a range of consumer and business purposes. Increasingly though, open-source has gone mainstream-and is upsetting the apple cart when it comes to software licensing practices.

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