Microsoft Moves to Per-user Windows Software Licensing for Virtualized Access
A recent tech news report says Microsoft has entered a new phase of operations by licensing Windows on a per-user basis to businesses. The change in pricing model is not expected to make a huge impact on the market, but it is the first time the computing giant has dabbled in a sort of subscription service for its flagship platform.
Shelfware Got Your Software Licensing Down?
In a world where the cloud is gaining more attention, how should the enterprise make better use of its software investments and future spending? In many an organization, spending on enterprise software is feeling the squeeze and shelfware is running rampant. Will this change the future of software licensing?
Flexera Highlights Need for Software Licensing
Software licensing can be a complicated issue. One of the biggest challenges is not making compliance part of a regular routine in an asset management program. Part of this can include establishing a clear and concise software policy, which should help employees understand the value of software and learn the difference between legal and illegal use, as well as pledge their commitment to the proper use of software.
Deutsche Post DHL Lawyer Advocates for Basic-language Software Licenses
Deutsche Post DHL, the global shipping company synonymous with the red and yellow box vans and shipping containers, has a global base of approximately 480,000 employees. This means that it can afford to throw its weight around a bit. However, in the world of licensing, company executives still say they want to keep things simple and shy away from convoluted legal jargon.
Software Can Drive Incremental Revenue for Hardware Makers
As anyone who owns a smartphone knows, the value of a device now comes just as much from the software running the device as the device itself. While the Nokia Lumia may have a killer camera and good hardware, for instance, it does not have the success of a Samsung Galaxy or an Apple iPhone because its app ecosystem as a Windows Phone is far more limited.
Get the Most Out of Updating Licensed Software and Firmware
Updating official software is not only expensive, but it's a hassle too. For software and firmware developers making this process as simple as possible is key, yet difficult. With the upcoming Internet of Things, where more devices than ever are expected to connect to and use the Internet for improved service, this inconvenience has the potential to evolve into a nightmare of updates and re-installations.
Certero Updates iAssetStudio Software Asset Management Solution
Certero recently announced the latest release of its software asset management solution, AssetStudio version 5. The new version includes an improved user interface with a dashboard that gives quick access to graphs and reports and can be purchased under an SaaS plan.
Software Licensing Challenges Are Not Necessarily Technical
Organizational change can be difficult. Whether your business is large or small, many within it will be resistant to change, especially those who are most successful and thrive in the current state of affairs. In the classic book "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson, we learn that change is inevitable, and that we have to develop the right attitude about change. What offers more of a challenge is being the agent of change, or the expert on the change that needs to be done.
Flexera Launches Solution with Support for Multiple Platforms
If one needs any more proof that the cloud is getting more popular all the time, that proof is coming in the form of a cloud-based company being purchased by IBM. Flexera is taking advantage of the growing popularity of the technology by introducing the InstallAnywhere 2014 Multi-Platform Installation for physical, virtual and cloud environments. Flexera is already one of the leading providers of next generation software licensing. Now the company is taking the next step when it comes to cloud providers.
Focusing on the Core Business is Important for Success
There have been many instances where companies start off with one service or product, branch out to new areas when there is a demand and finally, fail. While it is not wrong to expand and make the best use of business opportunities, it is also vital that the business focuses on its core services. These core services are what differentiate the company from others, and it is also the reason why customers come to do business. When the focus is taken away from this core service, quality suffers and this can shake the very foundation of the company.
Seven Factors Driving Software Licensing and Entitlement
Sometimes, the technical side of tech can be a bit opaque, but if one were to look at the tangible results from backend innovations the results are crystal clear. It is difficult for people to tie these business drivers back to the software licensing and entitlement from which they came.
Subscription Software Licensing Model Brings Added Revenue, Ongoing Sales Effort
For anyone who has been near a computer in the last five years, it comes as no surprise that subscription-based licensing is on the rise among software developers. Moving to a subscription-based licensing model is not the end of it, however; shifting from a perpetual license model to a subscription model requires a drastically different way of doing business.
Phases of Software Licensing and What They Mean for Startup Growth
There are many business cycles, but software as a service (SaaS) startups tend to go through two basic phases over the course of their healthy development-the Wildfire Phase and the Maturity Phase-according to the folks at Flexera Software. Neither phase is superior to the other nor is one more important than the other but differences during both phases can either make for unheard of success or simply spell doom for an SaaS company if the context of its growth is not fully understood.
Flexera Announces AdminStudio Suite 2014
IT departments in many advanced businesses have long used application readiness procedures for preparing and testing enterprise applications before they are placed into use by employees companywide. They have standardized procedures that work for a range of traditional applications, but those procedures may not always work well with mobile applications because of the transient nature of mobile devices.
Agile Development and Software Licensing: What's the Link?
The term "agile" by definition means to be "able to move quickly and easily." In terms of software, the idea of agile development simply means that approaches to software development help businesses respond to unpredictability. Basically, agile development is a different way of managing IT development teams and projects.
Microsoft Announces the Global Availability of MPSA
The global availability of information and communications technology (ICT) has increased the customer base for software companies, and addressing this market requires adapting some of the processes that are in place. During the recent Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), the company announced it is expanding to more countries with its Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA).
Flexera Obtains BMC's Technology Alliance Program Validation
Flexera Software is a company that helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and the value they derive from their software by providing services such as software licensing management and software compliance, as well as installation and application packaging solutions.
Minimizing the Impact of a Software Audit
Modern enterprises are built upon a plethora of software, each one requiring a license agreement that, after a while, can become lost in a maze of contracts. Software auditing has become a major factor in enforcing these agreements as well as providing a source of income for the companies who perform them and charge fees for discrepancies that are found.
Software Licensing Tensions Mount Between Developers and the Enterprise
Virtualization holds a variety of promises for organizations-promises so strong that management put a strategy in place to shift the entire approach to information management. In the process, the plan is to copy machines and duplicate systems on virtual platforms. The enterprise will have everything it needs to run the business and enjoy the virtual benefits - everything except the right software licensing.
Many Roles Can Fill Software Asset Management Teams
In order to properly control software-related costs and resources, many businesses are creating software asset management teams to handle the day-to-day usage of software within their ranks. These teams are often responsible for the entire lifecycle of all software solutions their businesses utilize, and various individuals may be responsible for purchasing, installing, maintaining, and disposing of a number of products.
Openness of GNU Scaring Away Businesses?
The GNU General Public License, or GPL, is a free software license that allows end users the ability to use, share, and modify the software. It has become a staple of many organizations' software packages, and as Infoworld has pointed out, it has become important to the functioning of many IT departments.
2013 Global Software Survey Produces Shocking Unlicensed Software Statistics
Eighty-one percent of software installed on PCs in Nigeria last year was not licensed, according to the 2013 Global Software Survey released by BSA | The Software Alliance (BSA). The study cited the commercial value of unlicensed software in Nigeria reached more than $287 million in 2013. Overall, the Middle East and Africa unlicensed software value surpassed $4.3 billion in 2013.
Software Update Solutions Improve Overall Performance, Cut Costs
The software we have in our smartphones, tablets, PCs and servers is what makes it possible for us to communicate, play and work. The more efficient the software, the better we are able to do those things without any glitches. If, on the other hand, there are any issues with the software, it can result in a smartphone not making a call or a server not delivering the emails to employees, with the real possibility of more catastrophic scenarios.
Flexera Software App Portal for the Modern Workforce
To fulfill the need for rapid software distribution and enhanced visibility into software asset management, Flexera Software has introduced the interface redesign of App Portal, an industry-leading enterprise app store. App Portal enables the reclamation of unused software for users and avoids overspending on expensive enterprise software licenses.
Software Patents Need to Get Specific, Says Supreme Court
The issue of patents in the software arena has been a tough one to follow for some time. There's a lot of back and forth, as major companies duke it out and the various non-practicing entities-less charitably known as "patent trolls"-getting involved in the issue. But a new decision from the Supreme Court is about to make things a little more interesting throughout the entire sphere of patent law, as the Court found that software patents that don't cover a specific software process can't be valid.
Software Piracy 'Bytes' Back: Engineering Design Company Fined Over $55k
There's no substitute for professional licensed software. While free knock-off versions of most popular products exist, they are often poor substitutes. Programs like OpenOffice, for instance, simply do not have the same range of options as Microsoft Word. However, these programs are expensive, and many businesses try to get around these costs by illegally downloading the software in the hopes that they won't get caught.
Licensing, Entitlement Management Important for Monetizing IoT
In a recent projection, IDC says the worldwide IoT market will increase by more than $5 trillion over the next six years. As of last year, the worldwide IoT market was about $1.9 trillion, according to IDC, and it will likely reach $7.1 trillion by 2020.
Australian Enterprises Becoming 'Accidental Software Pirates'?
Is your enterprise a software pirate? Companies can find themselves paying thousands, even millions, if they aren't careful about staying up to date with their software license agreements. A recent survey of Australian enterprises, conducted by a partnership between Flexera Software and IDC, has revealed that a vast amount of Australian organizations have fallen out of compliance with software license agreements.
How is Licensing Changing the Open Source Landscape?
About 30 experts in the legal aspects of open source technology recently began a discussion about how the precedents that apply to open source software are not as applicable, nor do they help to draw analogies in the nascent fields of open source hardware and open databases. While some similarities apply, especially in terms of utility and uniformity, there are many differences that are easily dealt with in open source software but pose more difficult problems in the cases of open source hardware and open databases.
Simulations Plus Ends Licensing Agreement with TSLR
Licensing agreements are sometimes terminated, as is the case between Simulations Plus, Inc., a provider of simulation and modeling software for pharmaceutical discovery and development, and TSRL, Inc., a Michigan-based corporation.
InstallShield 2014 Supports Diverse Software Installations
Not too long ago, people generally had a desktop or a laptop, and installing software on these devices was not that complicated. However, today applications can be installed on smartphones, tablets, cloud and virtualized instances as well as high-DPI displays, touch devices and agile development. Without the right application usage management (AUM) solution things can get complicated for regular users, which can result in the wrong instance of the application being installed on the device.
New Study Finds Growth is the Key to Software Success
McKinsey & Company recently published an interesting article about what it takes in the software industry to reach dramatic success. It analyzed roughly 3,000 software firms and looked for key attributes, and what it found was that growth is the critical factor.
Monetizing the Internet of Things
IoT is all-encompassing because it enables different devices to communicate with each other to improve the overall standard of living of the people. For this reason, the IoT market is projected to be around $1.9 trillion by the end of this decade, and many companies are preparing to have a share in this huge pie.
A Seven-figure Software License True-Up? More Likely Than You Think
When most people think of software piracy, the first thoughts turn generally to the deliberate, to the reckless downloader who snags a copy of Photoshop or the like at no cost. But there's a much larger breed of software pirate out there that doesn't even know it is a software pirate called the "accidental software pirate," and a recent study from Flexera Software, prepared jointly with IDC, shows off just how deep this brand of piracy can go, and what it can cost the company that's not prepared for it.
Maximizing Software Revenue Requires a Range of License Options
Some software developers might ask themselves why they would want to offer a wide range of licensing models for their software. Why, for instance, would they want to offer a usage-based licensing model when that can only reduce revenue (since buyers will only select a usage-based license if they think it will be cheaper than purchasing a perpetual license)?
Global Market for Software License Management Set to Grow
A new report by TechNavio spells out some very good news not only for the software license management market, but in a way, for software as well; the market for software license management tools is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.12 percent over the 2012-2016 period. That's good news indeed, but what's driving that growth?
The Importance of Software Licensing in the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things has certainly changed our approach to global markets. The way we gather information, stay connected and make purchases has changed over the last 20 years as the Internet makes the world grow smaller. Likewise, we continue to accumulate additional connected devices and want optimal performance from each.
How to Grow a Software Business
Software companies are like elevator shafts. They need to get past the highest ceiling in order to grow another floor. Maybe it happens once you've got $15 million in revenue. Or perhaps the breaking point is slightly later. But the ceiling is always a specific rage of revenue or number of employees. This is because, in order to break through a ceiling, you have to change how your software is priced, packaged, and delivered.
Microsoft Cloud Looking to Increase Cloud Adoption After XP End-of-Life
Auriga Consulting Ltd, a consultancy group specializing in data management, information assurance, corporate governance, business process modeling, analysis, ICT and security in the U.K., recently pointed out that the software licensing model of the XP can potentially be responsible for higher migration rates to the cloud.
Protecting Hardware from 'Heartbleed' and Other Bugs with Automatic Software, Firmware Patches
Although the Heartbleed bug was discovered only recently, the mistake that allowed hackers to exploit this vulnerability was made by programmers on New Year's Eve of 2011. This mistake created an open door and, according to reports, everyone from the National Security Administration (NSA) to criminals took advantage of this flaw to break into personal and business systems to obtain classified information.
Software Piracy Moving Up on the Priority List in US
Action is being sought against Chinese manufacturers for using unlicensed software to compete against manufacturers in the U.S.
Louisiana and Oklahoma attorneys-general have blamed major producers in China of evading licensing fees, citing that there is an unjust advantage that does not promote fair competition.
A Changing Market Requires Adapting New Software Licensing Models
Gone are the days when you had an office with 10 computers that were stationary, sitting on each desk. When you purchased software, you signed a licensing agreement that would allow you 10 sessions. It was pretty straight forward. In most cases, if you added an eleventh computer, you either extended the license or 10 out of 11 computers could use the software.
Flexera Improves Producer Suite to Simplify, Secure Licensing for Developers
Application developers face a considerable challenge when they're trying to sell their product. With millions of apps currently available for sale on all platforms, getting recognized is as daunting as navigating the rules and regulations that are in place to protect your intellectual property and ensure that you get paid for your hard work.
Internet of Things Will Change How Products are Monetized
Just as the Internet changed business in ways that most people did not initially predict, so too will the Internet of Things change business in ways that we are just starting to be understand.
While it is plainly obvious that connecting every device to the Internet will improve things like reporting, one area of the Internet of Things that many have not considered is what it will do to manufacturing and product development.
Could Machiavellian Tactics Be Used to Combat Software Piracy?
Software piracy is a global problem, both moral and financial in nature. Experts estimate that 42 percent of software worldwide is pirated, but Africa's rates are closer to 80 percent for pirated software. In Zimbabwe, that number is a whopping 92 percent.
Product Use Rights May Improve Software Reclamation Programs
It is important to make sure that your company has licenses for the software that your employees use, but not too many licenses, and certainly not for software that is rarely used. Erring on the side of caution may sound like you are avoiding law suits or embarrassing PR nightmares, but the steady, consistent complacency regarding the needless acquisition of occasionally used software can really put a dent in your bottom line.
Application Usage Management Survey: All Signs Point to Intelligent Devices
Application usage management helps ensure companies are optimizing their costs and usage of applications. In a recent survey, Flexera Software, a provider of software license management, software compliance, installation and application packaging solutions, explored best practices and trends for application usage management across a number of executives at application producers and enterprises that use and manage software and devices.
Audit-based Software Licensing on the Way Out
Increasingly, audit-based software licensing is not making sense for developers. There are several problems with audit-based licensing. First, an audit approach is prone human error, which can fail to properly account for use. It is easy for copies of software to end up on additional machines and go uncounted, and for users to under-report usage. This has always been an issue. With the rise of new methods of software use, however, ensuring the right amount of licensing is also becoming more difficult.
U.S. Department of Defense Signs License Agreement with Adobe
Adobe recently announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has signed a three-year Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreement for the company's Adobe Creative Cloud products, Adobe Acrobat, and capabilities Adobe Experience Manager. Under the licensing agreement, valued at $40.5 million, the DoD will have expanded access to Adobe solutions across branches and departments.
Can a Software License Be Too Strict?
As software distribution changes, licensing and entitlement management evolves as well. One question many independent software vendors have been asking themselves lately is whether to be compliance aware or actually limit the ability of users to go beyond their entitlement.
New Software Usage Patterns Demand Better Licensing and Entitlement Management
From software running in a virtualized environment to cloud-based, on-demand services, the rules of software licensing are changing rapidly thanks to the evolution of how people use and consume software. Licensing has thus been compelled to become ever more complex in order for companies to take full advantage of these changes and not cede market share to others.
Software Licensing Comes into Question in Oracle Case
The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has ruled that the software licensing governing Oracle enterprise software did not allow for third-party providers to explicitly or implicitly make copies in order to support or serve Oracle licensees.
Don't Gloss Over Licensing Details
When it comes to software licensing, the details can be tricky. Lurking in the muddied water of legal jargon can be some very costly provisions that, if not acknowledged, could spell financial disaster for a software vendor. What constitutes permissible use of a company's intellectual property can vary from scenario to scenario, and who owes who money for that use is thus no obvious matter.
Mindgrape & Flexera Software Team Up to Take On the Nordic Region
Whether it's called the Nordic region or Scandinavia, the area that encompasses the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden has its own set of needs and its own specific culture. But like most places these days, the need for advanced software never really goes away, and to that end, Flexera Software has brought on a new partner in its partner program in the form of Mindgrape AB to help bring Flexera's brand of software solutions to the fore in the region.
Comings & Goings: Finjan Holdings Taps Ivan Chaperot to Support IP Licensing Programs
One of the biggest developing markets these days isn't in a BRIC nation. Rather, it's everywhere, and its impact has been seen in companies from Apple and Samsung to the smallest of entities. The industry is intellectual property (IP) licensing, and it's a field that's been getting a lot of attention these days. Finjan Holdings is no different on this front, and as such, has brought in former Intel executive Ivan Chaperot to serve as the company's newly-minted vice president of IP licensing.
The Software Revolution Calls for New Business Models
Software is increasingly infiltrating every part of our daily lives. From cell phones and cars to appliances and televisions, it seems that every product has some sort of underlying software running underneath. Thus, in an age of "smart" everything, every company is slowly but surely becoming a software company. This goes for service-based industries as well, such as the financial, entertainment, and healthcare verticals, whose operations are increasingly being run and delivered via software or over the Web.
The Key to Software Licensing Success Is in the Approach
As commercial enterprises continue to migrate toward the cloud, the approach to software licensing comes into question. How do these assets apply, how can developers get paid and how many rights does the user have under this new directive? For those hoping to ensure they get the most out of their software development investments, the type licensing scheme put in place can make a big difference.
Flexera Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for Market Share Growth
Flexera Software has been recognized by research firm Frost & Sullivan for its growth in the software-enforced segment of the software monetization market over the last couple of years. In particular, Flexera has been awarded the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Market Share Leadership Award for ultimately capturing the highest market share by revenue in the segment last year. The award also recognizes the company's continued strong growth in the face of flat revenue in the software market it serves.
Excel Software Introduces Three Self-Hosted License Servers
Excel Software, a developer of tools to design, build, protect and activate Mac and Windows software, has announced the release of three self-hosted License Server products: Desktop License Server, Web License Server and Cloud License Server. These servers offer license activation and management tools for organizations that sell digital products such as applications, libraries, plugins, e-books, videos, PDFs, spreadsheets and games.
How Can You Leverage Software Licensing Benefits in the Internet of Things?
When it comes to the information highway - we've come a long way. In the 90s, we were amazed by this thing they called the Internet, and all of our favorite shows had a website. They were so proud of this fact they told us how to find it during an episode, flashing the URL at the bottom of the screen. Of course at the time, we didn't know the "www" address had such a name.
Connected Devices Get Safer and More Profitable with FlexNet Connect 2014
With more and more devices out there able to connect to the Internet, a host of new possibilities has emerged in terms of making things more efficient and smooth-running overall. But with that potential for improved profitability has come a set of risks: the devices that connect may not enjoy the same level of protection as other devices do, and that makes these devices potential fail points for network security. But Flexera Software may have the answer to allow connected devices to not only produce new revenue but also stay safe from potential attacks with its new FlexNet Connect 2014.
Effective Software Licensing a Must in the Internet of Things
For those in the software business, the focused migration toward cloud-based technologies didn't bode well. The increased competition ensured profit margins were at a minimum and the globalization of standards and technologies have made it harder to succeed. Software licensing took on its own complexities, and if not for the dawning of the "Internet of Things," the future may have been bleak.
FlexNet Manager for SAP Helps Save Vallourec Time and Money
Flexera Software, a provider of application license management solutions, was selected by Vallourec, a provider of premium tubular solutions in the energy market, to help handle its ongoing software licensing compliance. In particular, Vallourec has implemented FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications to optimize its SAP software estate.
5 Product Activation Alternatives for Disconnected Environments
Software companies operate in an increasingly complex business environment. Virtualized environments now allow businesses to operate applications both on-premises and off-premises, and cloud licensing thus comes in a range of models that can be difficult to track.
GTT Group Releases MIPS Patent Study
GTT Group, a provider of patent analysis and transaction advisory services to information and communication technology companies worldwide, is offering a value guide for parties interested in acquiring the MIPS Patent Portfolio. The patented MIPS technology is applicable to mobile device chip architecture, memory, processor design and manufacture.
Software Licensing Trumps the Traditional Approach
Software integration across multiple platforms and solutions is a common occurrence, especially with the increasing adoption of cloud computing. This creates both challenges and opportunities for software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers, especially where software licensing is concerned.
What Must be Included in Software Licensing
Software licensing is in place for a reason; it protects the company that developed the software and it instructs the purchaser as to how that software can be used. It also provides the guidelines by which the vendor has to abide to deliver on the agreement between the two parties and sets boundaries as to how the software can be used.
Unify Debuts Enterprise Licensing
Unify, formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications, has launched its new, simpler user-based licensing program known as Enterprise Licensing. The program aims to offer users clearer pricing options, making it easier for them to plan and manage their UC purchases.
How Entitlement Management Helps the CRO Achieve Success
Software producers have experienced considerable change in a market with a history of ups and downs. With the consistent push toward cloud computing, the demand for on-premises software investments has changed, putting more pressure on strategy development and a new focus on entitlement management.
Your Software is in the Cloud - Does Licensing Still Matter?
The rapid migration of applications and data to the cloud has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for companies leveraging this strategy. They gain access to more resources, reduce the cost of operations, and shift the responsibility of hardware installation, upgrades and maintenance to the cloud solutions provider. As a cloud-software vendor, it's easy to assume that software licensing issues are no longer a worry.
Agiloft Announces Availability of License Lifecycle Management Solution
Agiloft, Inc., a provider of business process software, recently introduced its new enterprise-class application for license lifecycle management. Officials explained that the Agiloft's LLM solution is pre-integrated with Flexera, Echelon, LUM, and PC Guard. It is designed to help companies that issue licenses to easily generate, renew and manage licenses throughout their entire lifecycle.
Forbes Media Licenses Web Publishing Software to ALM
Forbes Media recently announced that it has entered into a technology agreement with ALM, a provider of legal and real estate news and information. Under the agreement, Forbes will license its Falcon software to ALM, which will be responsible for powering the main ALM website, www.law.com.
How to Deliver the Best Upgrade Experience for Your Customers
Keeping applications and supporting software up-to-date is not necessarily at the top of users' priority lists when it comes to exciting things to do for the day. For software vendors and smart device manufacturers, however, this process is critical to continued monetization and entitlement management. What, then, are the best practices to ensure customers can launch updates and upgrades that meet with your software licensing requirements?
Flexera a Great Place to Work, Says Chicago Tribune, Again
While for many people these days, the idea of finding work alone is an ongoing quest, there are still places that are out to keep valued employees that power the operation forward. Flexera Software is one such company, as it has not only taken honors from the Chicago Tribune's recent Top 100 Workplaces study, but has done so for the second year running.
Microsoft's Licensing Program Changes May Cost More for Some Companies
Microsoft's new Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) licensing program is supposed to streamline options, making it easier and simple for companies to license the company's applications and infrastructure. But simplified doesn't necessarily translate to less expensive, according to industry leaders.
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 wouldnâ€™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.