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.
Nokia and Samsung Quietly Renew Licensing Deal
Patent issues have always been something of a bone of contention, between major companies going at each other over various patents-Apple and Samsung come pretty readily to mind in the field of patent litigation-and the various non-practicing entities (or "patent trolls", for those who prefer the term) that own a set of patents and not much else, there's quite a bit going on in the field of software and hardware patents. One of the latest go-rounds in the field seems to have been settled quietly, amicably, and not just a bit mysteriously in the form of Nokia and Samsung's patent settlement.
Why Software Licensing Can Benefit from the Internet of Things
Are you into the Internet of things? If you haven't heard this phrase, you will. Machine-to-machine communications are gaining attention in the global market and the evolution towards the "Internet of things" is a primary focus for Flexera Software. The software licensing company thus recognizes the business opportunities that continue to expand for businesses in all industries.
Flexera's InstallAnywhere 2013 Offers Broader Installation Support
Software license management solutions provider Flexera Software has introduced some major enhancements to its multiplatform installation development solution, InstallAnywhere. This latest update, dubbed InstallAnywhere 2013, is meant to help software vendors, intelligent device manufacturers and their customers support the latest operating systems, as well as better manage installations within complex physical, virtual and cloud-based environments.
How to Design a Software Licensing Strategy That Caters to Users and Developers
In the corporate environment, it's easy to align initiatives and guidelines according to the industry or the needs of the business. When it comes to software applications within the user environment, guidelines often focus on industry standards and corporate goals. The design of business software licensing management policies, however, is likely to be more successful if they align with user behavior first.
How to Protect Revenue Streams in a New World of Technology
Maximizing revenue opportunities is a common focus for companies in business to make money. For those in software, it is software licensing that ensures ongoing revenue streams, thus requiring that the proper agreements are in place to guarantee payments. This also requires the use of the right mechanisms to capture revenues throughout the software lifecycle.
Flexera Unveils FlexNet Manager for Oracle
Flexera Software took off to sunny Florida for a grand unveiling of its new FlexNet Manager system for Oracle, which took place at the Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit in Orlando recently. FlexNet Manager offers a service that will likely prove useful, especially for larger offices seeking to keep software licensing costs down, as FlexNet Manager for Oracle offers a complete Software License Optimization system.
Many Enterprises Unprepared for Continual Software Migration
Until the cloud and virtualization entered the game, enterprise software migration played by a pretty consistent set of rules. Of course, the rules have now changed, as many companies find themselves in an awkward spot, according to a new Application Usage Management Survey from Flexera Software and IDC.
How Entitlement Management Ensures Proper Royalty Payments in Software Licensing
The transition to an always-on environment, where we have access to the latest technologies regardless of our location, has been well received by the busy consumer. For the software company that relies on software licensing to drive revenue, the adoption of the Software as a Service (SaaS) platform changed the playing field. Now, entitlement management must be deployed to ensure royalty payments are honored.
Flexera Software Hires New Vice President
Flexera Software, a provider of application usage management software, has recently appointed Sabine Fischer as the new Vice President of Services & Solutions Engineering, EMEA.
Why an Entitlement Management System is Better for Software Licensing
When running a business, it can be challenging to stay on top of the different elements that must be in place for standard practices to be in line and compliance to be met. This means not only being able to satisfy the needs of the customer base, but also ensuring streamlined operations so as to protect profit margins.
IRS Gets Audited: Software Licenses a Huge Issue
It's not every day that we hear about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) getting audited, and it's also not every day that the IRS gets called on the carpet, either. But a recent audit of the IRS showed that it's got some very big problems...in terms of keeping up its software licenses.
Virtual Appliances Open up Market Opportunities for Manufacturers
The existing model that appliance manufacturers have used for smaller deployments has been the 1U appliance. This of course had not delivered the same capacity as the larger appliances that run on carrier-grade infrastructure, but it got the job done for small operations.
How Software Licensing Evolves in Oracle 12
When relying on enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to help manage the build and delivery of physical goods, organizations depend on robust software. When that software starts to become dated, software licensing policies dictate a change to the next iteration if performance standards are to be met. In moving from Oracle 11 to Oracle 12, there are a few challenges to overcome to ensure the right business processes are in place to manage the software business.
Usage-Based Licensing About More than Cost Savings
The usage-based licensing model is one of many possible software licensing models that developers can leverage, but with it also can come a whole new software usage paradigm. This paradigm can drive new processes for clients and deliver added income for the software developer.
Smart Devices Made Smarter, Thanks to Embedded Licensing
Embedded software is evolving as the proliferation of smart devices increases. Embedded systems are, essentially, becoming our every day computers. Our mobile devices are smarter thanks to built-in Web browsers while our cars are smarter with their ability to call for help or program a favorite satellite radio station.
Brooks Kushman Launches Open Sourcing Management Practice Group
Brooks Kushman P.C. recently announced that it has started an Open Sourcing Management (OSM) practice group with an aim to tackle the speedy development of open source software, or OSS, in consumer electronics, telecommunications, automotive and industrial systems. Brooks Kushman's OSM will help organizations to not only understand and choose OSS but also to comply with OSS license terms.
Top 9 Software Licensing Mistakes
Software licensing is more complex than ever, and most businesses are spending more on software than is necessary. Since even savvy businesses can easily get tripped up when it comes to software licensing, here are nine common mistakes the enterprises make when it comes to software licensing.
Licensing Laziness Increasingly Spoils Software Use
Free software does not mean free of costs. This was the argument from Microsoft and many other commercial developers when open source software became a business trend. Yes, open source software was free. That did not mean that there were not costly hassles associated with it, however.
Making Sense of Software Licensing
Software licensing is a complicated issue. There are many challenges associated with this topic, and it is up to IT professionals to address these challenges and be cognizant of their role in keeping businesses compliant.
Asigra Shifts to Recovery-Based Licensing
The growth of data is just too fast, and as customers back up more data, the cost goes up and up. Customers are constantly looking for discounts, which is introducing a sea of challenges for the industry.
Software as a Service is Splitting the Software Business Model
PwC's "Global 100 Software Leaders" is a market research study that details many of the changes in the software industry, both quantitatively as well as through interviews with the giants that steer the industry. One of the more salient points in the study was how "Software as a Service (or "SaaS") is changing the way software companies do business, from software engineers to sales teams, from service plans to steadier revenue.
Constructing a Software Price Waterfall
There's a saying that goes, "don't go chasing waterfalls," but that doesn't exactly make sense if you're trying to get to one, especially since waterfalls don't run, so there's not much of a need to chase one in the first place. A price waterfall, however, is something worth aiming for, by design and calculation.
Four Ways to Reduce Shelfware
At almost every job I've ever had, there's been a graveyard of software no longer used. This graveyard might be in a server room, hidden away in a closet, or more likely it is scattered throughout the desks of officemates, sandwiched between reference books they also do not use.
Microsoft's TechNet Subscription Service Goes the Way of the Zune
Microsoft has a reputation for being something of a dinosaur in today's mobile-focused world, but the company still isn't afraid to streamline its operations and ditch older products and services if needed. Perhaps the most famous example of this was the discontinuation of the Zune media player back in 2011. Now, another Microsoft offering is going the way of the Zune: the TechNet subscriptions service.
BYOD Poses Challenges for Software Licensing
Many headaches have been created by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, although companies are finally starting to get a grip through formalized BYOD policies and mobile device management (MDM). A study found that while only 44 percent of businesses had a formal BYOD policy in 2012, up to 94 percent of businesses planned to implement one in 2013.
Software Licensing Leads to Better Marketability for SDN
Software defined networking, or SDN, is a pretty young technology trend that has made networking slightly more interesting than it was before. The hype surrounding it, however, is not exactly clear to everyone. SDN, simply put, bridges the gap between applications and networks to enable the consumption of network services by providing visibility and control to the applications. So, what does this mean for vendors and how can they capitalize on this?
Flexera Study: Organizations are Not Prepared for Virtual Software License Compliance Risks
Proper and fair monetization of intellectual property is, without question, of utmost importance for software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers. Ensuring that their business is paid appropriately for the use of its products and services requires careful legal foresight and financial thought. With the expansion of cloud, mobile, and Web technologies, the software licensing space has become even more complicated, wrought with new challenges and hurdles that, according to new research from Flexera Software, many organizations are not prepared for.
Flexera Software Launches InstallShield 2013
Application usage management provider Flexera Software has launched the latest version of its InstallShield installation development solution. InstallShield 2013 boasts a number of improvements over previous versions of the software, namely simpler preparation and installation of applications in both 64-bit and virtual environments, as well as "Microsoft's latest platforms," namely Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
Properly Licensed Software Benefits Business and the World
For software vendors and intelligence device manufacturers, proper software licensing is extremely important. Effective monetization models and efficient compliance management solutions have grown increasingly necessary in order to sufficiently protect intellectual property and assure proper compensation for developers. This, of course, is paramount to the success of software producers. But did you know that proper software licensing is also extremely beneficial to national economies?
Cisco Takes Software Licensing in a New Direction
Software licensing is a necessary aspect of the corporate environment. The owner of the patent needs to be paid for their innovation, and the company licensing that innovation should be liable for payment. But what happens if the company is paying for more licensing than they are actually using, or the other way around. The process can get complicated and inefficient, putting the company and the provider in a bind.
Verbal Software Licenses: Yes, They're Real
Maximizing software revenues hinges on customer compliance with license agreements. With the explosion of the cloud, Web, and mobile applications, it is becoming increasingly complex for software developers to find flexible and effective ways to fully monetize their intellectual property. Software vendors be forewarned: Software licensing is even trickier than you may have imagined.
Flexera Opens New Offices in China to Address Application Usage Management Demand
According to Flexera Software, an increasing number of companies in China have begun to adopt global best practices and standards of late, in order to maximize the value of their enterprise applications and optimize their spending. As such, demand for application usage management solutions is at an all-time high in the country.
Airvana and Ericsson Decide to Settle Dispute, Details Still Being Discussed
The legal battle between Airvana Network Solutions and Ericsson raged for well over a year but it was finally resolved recently after the two companies agreed to settle the dispute after mediation earlier this month. It all started when Airvana sued Ericsson in February 2012 for over $330 million, for allegedly violating trade secrets and trying to force Airvana out of business.
What is a Self-Service Enterprise App Store?
The ways in which we communicate within the business environment have changed over the past several years. New innovations have made it easier to collaborate across the miles, take our work with us on the road and more easily balance our work and personal lives.
The Trouble with Traditional Enterprise Software
The software industry is rapidly changing. Due to rapid advancements in cloud computing and mobile capabilities, licensing and entitlement compliance management are in the midst of a substantial overhaul. TMCnet recently reported on Adobe's shift to a cloud-hosted, subscription-based licensing model, clearly indicating that even major software providers are riding this swelling tide.
Adobe and the Winds of Change
If you ever had any doubt that the software licensing world is changing, doubt no more. We learned earlier this week that Adobe has made it official at its Adobe Max 2013 tradeshow that it will no longer be releasing new boxed versions of its Creative Suite software collection, and will instead begin to license out Creative Cloud, its cloud-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) product.
To Bundle or Not to Bundle?
Bundling is not a foreign concept to either consumers or producers. A prime example - cable television has been bundling its channel offerings for decades. We subscribe to hundreds of channels for a monthly fee, of which we may actually use only three. Regardless of this demand, however, a la carte pricing for television is practically non-existent. There are interesting motivations fueling this bundle sales model, and it is important that the software industry evaluate its options carefully in this regard.
Flexera's FlexNet Connect Now Offers Greater Control Over the Update Experience
Provider of application usage management solutions Flexera Software recently introduced a major upgrade to its FlexNet Connect electronic delivery platform, described as being the most efficient way to provide users with software updates while obtaining insight into product use. This latest version of the software offers greater control over the update experience for both producers and their customers.
The Changing Tides of Software Licensing
The software licensing landscape is changing, a trend that emerged with the rapid adoption of cloud computing and access to hosted applications. Users are demanding more from their vendors and software developers are seeking ways to continue to protect revenue streams in a changing market. A new Flexera Software survey examines this current trend.
Snow Software Offers License Optimization for Cloud Based Applications
As increasing numbers of organizations switch over to cloud based software applications, Snow Software has extended its software asset management (SAM) solution to enable these organizations to optimize the associated licensing costs. Snow License Manager Version 6.2 provides users with a central hub and toolkit to effectively manage and optimize their software licenses.
Intelligent Device Manufacturers Can Make Smart Move with Internet of Things
The concept of the "Internet of Things" may sound strange at first, until it's considered more closely. When it's realized that all the Internet of Things actually is is a set of connected devices that can share information much like computers do with the current, more standard Internet, a new set of possibilities becomes clear.
Application Usage Management Survey
Despite the massive growth and evolution of the enterprise software industry, independent software vendors (ISVs) have largely failed to implement automated software licensing and entitlement management systems across their product lines, and their failure to modernize is hurting business...
2012 Key Trends in Software Licensing and Pricing Report
The 2012 Key trends in Software Pricing and Licensing survey was conducted by Flexera Software with input from IDC's Software Pricing and Licensing Research division under the direction of Amy Konary, research vice president...