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August 14, 2014

Enterprises unprepared for software license compliance risk from virtualisation

Computerworld UK
Be proactive or risk hefty bills come audit time

Tensions between application producers and enterprises around virtualisation are likely to heat up. Many enterprises are not implementing prudent best processes and technology to track and manage licenses for their virtualised applications.

August 12, 2014

Software Rental Offers: many benefits ... but a headache for licensing

ITR News

Change is constant in the world of software and applications. The trend toward rental models (SaaS, cloud, ...) transforms the way businesses value their software assets and how publishers derive revenue. If the licensing model on demand has many advantages, it is not the panacea that many companies may think. (This article is in French. Use Google Translate to read it in English.)

August 6, 2014

Flexera Software Release AdminStudio Suite 2014 Mobile Testing and Management Platform

App Developer

Flexera Software has announced the release of AdminStudio Suite 2014 which offers application packaging tools to prepare application packages for software deployment with a set of automated MSI packaging, customization, testing and reporting capabilities.

August 4, 2014

The Power of a Good Idea

Daily Herald Business Ledger
By any other name, Flexera Software stays sweet through tough times

From Schaumburg to Silicon Valley in California and back again, Itasca-based Flexera Software has moved almost as many times as it changed its name. Still, the longtime software company has survived the dot-com bust and three recessions. And now it's entering a growth mode, said Flexera Chief Operating Officer Jim Ryan.

August 1, 2014

Application Readiness solution adds risk assessment capabilities to safeguard mobile app deployments

ferret

Flexera Software announces the release of AdminStudio Suite 2014, designed to help enterprises eliminate much of the risk and inefficiency involved in preparing mobile applications for deployment via centralised Application Readiness best practice processes and automation. Flexera is a leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises.

August 1, 2014

Mobile Meltdown? Why Mobile App Management Is Driving Organizations Crazy

Wired Magazine

Remember when ATT was a monopoly? (I’m giving away my age here!) It was a boring time. Not many options (desk phone, wall phone). But everything worked and it never broke down -- no broken devices or dropped calls. Ma Bell had your back. But when the monopoly was broken up and the phone system democratized -- everything changed. More innovation. More choices. More risk. Some systems worked -- and others didn’t.

July 31, 2014

IT On the Verge of a Mobile Meltdown: Why BYOD and Mobile Application Management are Driving Businesses Crazy

Huffington Post

When British Telecom was nationalised and Post Office-owned, innovation was lacklustre but you generally had a phone that worked, and a phone line that came into your office or home that rarely had a problem. All that changed in 1984 however, with Thatcher's privitisation bill and the telecoms industry becoming deregulated and open to competition. That opened doors to better choices for customers, as well as faster innovation but also meant despite the added choice there were some systems that worked and others that didn't.

July 29, 2014

Security is front and center for developers

SD Times

When it was announced on June 8 that OpenSSL was vulnerable to a dangerous new attack that could reveal security certificates to an attacker, the Internet spent a few days in panic mode. Thousands, if not millions, of sites used (and still use) OpenSSL, and the fix for the problem took a few days to arrive.

July 29, 2014

Software: audits licensing agreements, a boon for publishers

Les Echos

Flexera Software announces the release of AdminStudio Suite 2014, designed to help enterprises eliminate much of the risk and inefficiency involved in preparing mobile applications for deployment via centralised Application Readiness best practice processes and automation. Flexera is a leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

July 29, 2014

FlexNet Manager for Oracle License Management

The ITAM Review

FlexNet Manager for Oracle is verified by Oracle’s License Management Services (LMS) organization, which means that Oracle LMS will accept data provided by Flexera Software customers during a review.

July 29, 2014

Software License Evolution

Software Magazine
As software moves to the "cloud," license management must adapt.

To protect and profit from their offerings, software providers must make software license management a priority. As software moves to a decentralized, "cloud" distribution model, it is important license management is not pushed to the back burner, but instead leveraged to maximize software monetization and intellectual property (IP) protection.

July 25, 2014

Three Unlikely Ways To Make Money From The Internetet Of Things

CBR
CBR looks at three ways IoT manufacturers can drive opportunities in the emerging market.

Many businesses are already aware of the Internet of Things (IoT), but still aren't quite sure how to turn all its innovation into money. CBR looks at three ways to monetise the IoT.

July 23, 2014

Enterprise app stores: Turning IT into rock stars, without that celebrity hangover

ITProPortal

You know the mood in the corporate world is optimistic when enterprises shift their focus from "down to the bone" cost-cutting measures to enhancing operational efficiency and innovative projects. 46 per cent of CIOs reported increases in IT budgets in the last year to fund projects designed to improve the effectiveness of their operations, according to a recent Harvey Nash survey. This is indeed good news.

July 17, 2014

Enterprise apps need to be app store-ready

Technology Spectator

Gartner estimates that global revenue from app stores is expected to rise 62 per cent this year to $25 billion. This presents a huge opportunity for enterprise software producers and they must purposefully target this market to secure a slice of the pie.

July 15, 2014

Virtualization and Licensing Complication: Avoid the Audit

ASUG News

Do you know what the licensing implications of your virtualized software environment are? If you’re like many enterprise software customers, you do not, according to a new study by IDC and (licensing optimization and management software vendor) Flexera. In the recent survey, 39 percent of respondents said they either don’t manage their software licenses at all in virtual environments, or they do so manually.

July 14, 2014

The Future of Software Licensing Looks Cloudy

IT Business Edge

It seems odd that after more than a decade of virtualization, the enterprise and software development communities are still trying to work out licensing issues in abstract data environments.

July 11, 2014

New Study Reveals Enterprises are Not Ready for Virtualized Software Licensing Management

Cloud Times

The virtualization offers companies a variety of ways to reduce hardware and management costs of the IT infrastructure dramatically. This makes them an industry-wide development, the software vendor must not be underestimated. The rapidly growing popularity of VMs (Virtual Machine) within large companies makes it easier for software vendors required to license their applications in a virtual environment and to be able to control and represents an important factor in terms of business growth.

July 11, 2014

No One Is Immune to Microsoft's Software Audits

CIO

Recently, I was struck by a survey that I found on an industry website. A link to the full article is below, but here’s the gist: Microsoft is auditing its customers at a brisk pace, and no company is immune. All software vendors retain the rights to audit their clients, and we feel that it is fair to expect these periodic compliance checks. But Microsoft is auditing customers at a 2 to 1 rate over other vendors like Adobe, IBM, and Oracle—58% of executives surveyed said they have been audited by Microsoft in the last 12 months*.

July 9, 2014

Enterprise App Stores: turning IT into rock stars – without the celebrity hangover

Today's CIO

You know the mood in the corporate world is ‘optimistic’ when enterprises shift their focus from ‘down to the bone’ cost cutting measures to enhancing operational efficiency and innovative projects. 46 per cent of CIOs report increases in IT budgets in the last year to fund projects that improve the effectiveness of their operations, a recent survey by Harvey Nash highlights. This is indeed good news.

July 7, 2014

Survey: How Virtualization Could Lead to Licensing Showdowns

The Wall Street Journal

Enterprises using virtualization technology to run more software on less hardware are headed for tense showdowns with their software vendors, according to new research. Application vendors are becoming more vigilant in trying to catch enterprises using more software than they are paying for, said researcher IDC and Flexera Software Inc., a company which makes software that calculates the costs of using virtualization and other technologies.

July 7, 2014

Flexera Software Increases Commitment to Europe with Germany-based Datacenter to Host FlexNet Manager Suite Cloud for European Customers

Global Security Mag

Flexera Software, the provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced further commitment to its rapidly growing European business with a new EU-based datacenter for FlexNet Manager Suite Cloud, Flexera Software’s market-leading Software license Optimisation solution. The new datacenter for EU-based customers is compliant with EU Directive 95/46/EC - The Data Protection Directive, and is EU/US Safe Harbor-certified, ensuring that Europe-based customers will have full confidence in the security and safety of their data as called for by EU regulations.

June 25, 2014

How to shield hardware from security threats

TechRadar
Deterring threats through licensing

In a sign of the age we're in, almost every piece of hardware can now be manufactured with some form of internet connectivity. This opens up a wealth of functionality and new possibilities with our devices, but at the same time exposes our possessions to online threats, which now have new avenues of attack.

June 18, 2014

Software licenses in Cloud need to be managed: Flexera

ARN
Software management company sees a need for more efficient management of software licenses even in the Cloud

Software licensing is often overlooked and underestimated by businesses, though Flexera Software warns this can impact an organisation’s bottom line. Corporate development and strategy vice president, Steve Schmidt, said security and control of data tend to be the two key considerations for businesses looking to transition to the Cloud.

June 18, 2014

GAO Report Outlines Ways the Federal Government Can Reign In Software Spending

Innovation Insights

The current government Administration came into office with a reputation for being the most tech-savvy in history. But with the bruising rollout of Healthcare.gov and other tech initiatives that failed to meet expectations, the Fed’s ability to govern its technology estate is seriously being called into question.

June 13, 2014

SAP Licensing – is there an elephant in the room?

The ITAM Review

Ahead of the SAM Summit taking place in Chicago, 23-25 June, I chatted to John Emmitt, Senior Marketing Manager at Flexera Software. In this interview John shares his experiences with SAP and Oracle licensing, along with his advice for those struggling to understand and/or manage their licenses.

June 10, 2014

Even Australian businesses are software pirates

ABC

Enterprise software counts among an organisation's most important assets - it runs business operations and literally keeps the gears of business turning. Like any other strategic asset - if the business fails to effectively manage its software, there can be dire consequences financially and operationally.

June 10, 2014

If hardware manufacturers to software vendors

Elektronik Praxis

Software is in traditional industrial products at an ever increasing function carrier. Steve Schmidt, Vice President at Flexera Software, therefore consider it appropriate to think more and more like a software provider. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

June 10, 2014

Apple and how to become an 'Internet of Things' hardware company

Information Age

As Apple announces a deeper foray into the Internet of Things, hardware businesses need to take action to avoid obsolescence - Vikram Koka, Flexera Software, comments.

June 6, 2014

When start-up follies come back to bite the mid-market growth business

BRW

When you’re starting your own business, every cent counts. Most start-ups only survive the first few months or years if they’re run on a diet of austerity and hustling (they don’t call them lean start-ups for nothing). But if you plan to rapidly grow your business, you need to bootstrap with an eye to the future – by which I mean ensuring that your early decisions and processes are also able to scale.

June 5, 2014

Pirated software is expensive to DAF

Les Echos
Spite of themselves, many companies use software with a contract of non-compliant license. Result: heavy penalties for audit.

Like Monsieur Jourdain spoke prose without knowing it, companies using pirated software without realizing it. According to a study by IDC and Flexera Software (1), 85% of companies are in a situation of non-compliance with their software licensing contracts. A situation which, in case of audit, can have serious consequences: almost 56% of DAF had to pay penalties of € 100,000 or more during the past year, and even exceeding 1 million euros for 21% of them.(This article is in French. Use Google Translate to read it in English.)

June 4, 2014

Pirates accidental software

ITR News
Companies use their software beyond what is provided in the license agreements ... and pay the price

We often think that software piracy is the act of unscrupulous people, and it is a practice that belongs especially to countries like China, India or Russia. Yet many would be surprised to learn that most large companies are software pirates. They use software for which they have not paid. However, software vendors are becoming more vigilant in relation to compliance with license agreements. And it costs millions of euros to companies. (This article is in French. Use Google Translate to read it in English.)

June 3, 2014

Internet of Things - An opportunity for Intelligent Device Manufacturers

ABC

The 'Internet of Things' is a phrase used to describe how the internet will link traditional smart devices, and a wide range of additional physical assets to allow these endpoints to generate and share data. Nearly every product will have an IP address and communication capability - not just networking and telecommunications devices, but also industrial equipment such as buildings, medical devices, test and measurement systems, construction equipment, and oil and gas machinery, to name a few - that will link to other devices and services via the web. Gartner forecasts that there will be more than 30 billion permanently connected devices by 2020 and more than 200 billion intermittently connected devices by that time.

June 2, 2014

Survey shows Australian organisations are ‘accidental software pirates’

ferret

A Flexera Software/ IDC Survey reveals most Australian organisations are ‘accidental software pirates’, out of compliance with software licence agreements, resulting in steep, unbudgeted ‘true-up’ fees from frequent vendor software licence audits. CFOs need to note that this can cost enterprises millions of dollars annually.

May 29, 2014

Software compliance costing businesses more: Flexera

ZDNet

Ninety-eight percent of Australian organisations are out of compliance with their licence agreements, putting CFOs on notice for accidental software pirates and unbudgeted fees from frequent vendor software licence audits, according to a new survey from Flexera Software.

May 29, 2014

Australian businesses targeted for top-up software bills

iStart

It appears that Australian businesses are being targeted by software vendors more than their international peers; as part of an international survey of 1988 organisations 84 percent of the 160 Australian respondents report having faced a vendor-initiated software audit in the last 18-24 months. This is much higher than the overall global figure of just 63 percent.

May 29, 2014

Most Australian organisations are 'accidental software pirates'

Business Spectator

A large number of Australian organisations are “accidental software pirates” -- using software they haven’t paid for -- with the cost of placating vendors amounting to millions of dollars annually, according to research commissioned by Flexera Software.

May 29, 2014

Most Australian organisations are 'accidental software pirates'

The Australian

A large number of Australian organisations are “accidental software pirates” -- using software they haven’t paid for -- with the cost of placating vendors amounting to millions of dollars annually, according to research commissioned by Flexera Software.

May 29, 2014

Aussie firms face millions of dollars in fees for 'accidental piracy'

ARN
98 per cent of firms are out of compliance with software licence agreements

Almost all Australian companies with a turnover of more than $100 million are "accidental software pirates", according to a new report. This is leading to companies paying unbudgeted software True-up fees in excess of $1 million as a result of out of compliance agreements.

May 28, 2014

98% of big business pay software licence 'true-ups'

iTWire

Only 2% of big business complies with software licensing leaving 98% facing huge fines when, not if, they are caught, according to US based Flexera’s Software License Optimisation division.

May 28, 2014

IT budgets increase to fund operational efficiency

Information Age

CIOs are seeing increases in their IT budgets to fund projects that improve the effectiveness of their operations, and many organisations are looking at consumer orientated and digital initiatives. Vincent Smyth, SVP EMEA, Flexera Software, comments.

May 27, 2014

Feds Turn a ‘Blind Eye’ as Millions Wasted on Software

The Fiscal Times

Two dozen major government agencies have failed to put in place the kind of systems needed to manage the hundreds of millions of dollars in software that they purchase and license each year, according to the Government Accountability Office.

May 22, 2014

Three Steps CFO's can take to Mitigate Software Compliance Risk

Director of Finance
Avoiding the Software Licence Audit Bogeyman.

Software vendors are aggressively auditing their customers to re-capture lost revenues through non-compliant software use – and these audits are creating unacceptable level of corporate risk.

May 21, 2014

How Can Device Makers Profit From the Internet of Things?

Innovation Insights

Trends in technology seem to come and go, but one that is here to stay is The Internet of Things (IoT). From Google’s acquisition of Nest and news of home appliances being hacked to the potential of IoT, we can’t seem to get away from the news. So what’s the next wave of conversation? Industry experts are now focusing on is how device manufacturers can actually turn all that innovation into money. According to Gartner, IoT presents a $1.9 trillion opportunity, but connected device manufacturers have yet to figure out how to successfully make a play for that pot of money. Simply selling more units won’t result in the massive spike in profits they are hoping -- margins are simply too thin.

May 21, 2014

Software: A golden opportunity for printer manufacturers?

IT-Director.com

As printer manufacturers re-invent themselves as service providers, are they missing out on the opportunity to expand higher margin software sales?

May 21, 2014

Software: A golden opportunity for printer manufacturers?

Louella Fernandes
As printer manufacturers re-invent themselves as service providers, are they missing out on the opportunity to expand higher margin software sales?

Hardware commoditisation and shrinking margins means that many printer manufacturers are turning to software and services to capture longer-term revenue opportunities. While managed print services (MPS) has boosted service revenue for most manufacturers, the future may lie in a shift to higher-margin software business models that can create greater value and relevance for their hardware business.

May 21, 2014

Meet compliance continuously

Compliance-Magazin.de

Software license compliance: companies underestimate the financial risk through software audits Study: Many companies use software not lizenzkostenfrei compliant and have to pay for license audits by the software provider high payments. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

May 21, 2014

Installing cloud and web applications is now easier

DataCenter Insider
With "InstallShield 2014" brings his Flexera Installation Suite up to date addition to enhanced support for cloud and Web-/Server-Anwendungen and short release cycles, the display on display with very high resolution has been optimized.

With the current version of InstallShield also enables the installation of web applications via "Microsoft Web Deploy" to "Azure" - or "Internet Information Service" servers (IIS). Customers can thus flexibly to the desired their software infrastructure play. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

May 19, 2014

Rights to use the software: the necessary license management within the company

Village Justice

A recent study of the audits conducted by software vendors, led by the consulting firm IDC with 1398 enterprises, indicates that the software no longer hesitate to audit user undertakings to monitor compliance using concluded with their software licenses. In case of non-compliance with license conditions, the editors claim settlement surplus charges, possibly increased penalties. The claims may range from a few thousand to several million euros. (This article is in French. Use Google Translate to read it in English.)

May 18, 2014

Daf "pay" for pirated software

DAF mag
According to a joint study by IDC and Flexera Software, there are many companies who pirate software unwittingly and paradoxically must pay the price.

85% of companies are in a situation of non-compliance with their software licensing contracts. This is one of the conclusions of the study published by IDC and Flexera Software under "2013-14 Key Trends in Software Pricing & Licensing Report". Consequently, almost 56% had to pay penalties (21% for more than one million). Daf are in the crosshairs and the study should take the necessary measures to reduce the risk and to develop processes and technologies for managing ad hoc software licenses to ensure continued compliance. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

May 16, 2014

Flexera Software's InstallShield 2014 Release Introduces New Support of Cloud and Virtualized Installations

vmblog.com

Flexera Software, the leading provider of Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, today announced the launch of InstallShield 2014. The new release simplifies installations for cloud and other complex Web/server applications, enhances support for high-DPI displays, supports accelerated release cycles common in agile development processes, and makes testing more efficient by automatically provisioning virtual machines.

May 12, 2014

Right and duty: The optimization of software licenses

IT-Business
Software asset management ensures compliance and easy on the wallet

Use of tools for software license optimization can be as part of the Software Asset Management (SAM) to ensure that the license compliance is adhered to - not just on the work computers of employees, but also on the systems in the data centers. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

May 9, 2014

Audit software licenses: the offensive publishers in France is launched

Silicon.fr

In a world of complex software licenses as possible, publishers were quick to trap large accounts with audits. The pain may then reach millions, even tens of millions of euros. In France, large vendors such as IBM and Oracle have launched their campaigns checks on their customers. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

May 9, 2014

Software Compliance: Often Easier Said Than Done

BizTech
Software licenses can be tough to manage; learn the issues to watch out for.

While software license agreements have always been a source of bewilderment, the growing number of confusing clauses and licensing options, combined with new technologies that further muddy the waters, have made software compliance more difficult to achieve than ever. Even a technology refresh or optimization of the environment could cause an enterprise to fall out of compliance.

May 9, 2014

Right and duty: The optimization of software licenses

DataCenter Insider
Software asset management ensures compliance and easy on the wallet

Use of tools for software license optimization can be as part of the Software Asset Management (SAM) to ensure that the license compliance is adhered to - not just on the work computers of employees, but also on the systems in the data centers. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

May 9, 2014

The underside of a taboo practice: audits of software company

JDN
An IDC study takes on a taboo practice, yet common: audits conducted by the software vendors. Few companies to speak on the subject.

Sponsored by Flexera Software, a leading management solutions for IT applications licenses, IDC conducted a study on the practice of software audits . First lesson of the survey firm, but not least: 85% of 1800 businesses surveyed (located primarily in Europe and North America) are "in a situation of non-compliance with their contracts of license application ". A situation that publishers seem to have clearly taken the measure. A large majority of respondents (63%) say they indeed have been audited by them in the past two years. More than a third (37%) indicate even have been checked several times by their suppliers during this time. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

May 8, 2014

Financial risks through software audits

Computerwelt
Many companies are unintentionally software pirates and often have to make large unbudgeted payments to software vendors - often several million dollars annually.

According to a study by Flexera Software and IDC use 85 percent of the company's software does not license compliant, 63 percent had over the last 18 to 24 months, an audit by a software provider undergo (Microsoft was the most aggressive Auditor) and 56 percent had payments to make (21 percent paid a million dollars or more). Use Google Translate to read it in English.)

May 7, 2014

Software contracts: 85% of companies in non-compliance

Informatique News

A study conducted by IDC on behalf of Flexera Software from nearly 1,400 publishers and manufacturers and companies responsible for 400 (28% in Europe) provides a damning indictment of the conformity of enterprise software. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

May 6, 2014

Software Audits: Strategies for Licensees

National Law Review
Audits Have Become More Common

If you have received a software audit request from your software vendor or one of the industry trade groups representing software publishers, such as the Software & Information Industry Association (“SIIA”)1 or the Business Software Alliance (“BSA”)2 you are not alone. Over the past five years,3 software audits have become an increasingly common revenue-leakage recovery tool for software vendors. According to a survey published in December 20124 by International Data Corporation (“IDC”),5 64% of the 334 surveyed enterprises were audited or had a license review over the prior 18 to 24 months, 36% were audited twice in that time period, and 10% were audited more than three times.6 The surveyed enterprises were most frequently audited by Microsoft (51%), followed by Oracle (27%), IBM (24%), SAP (22%), Adobe (19%), Symantec (12%), and other vendors (24%). Following the software audits, more than half of the survey participants made true-up payments to software vendors of $100,000 and more, while the remaining participants made true-up payments of $300,000 or more.7Lastly, the survey showed that almost half of the participants conducted self-audits to assess compliance with software licenses at least once per year, and 25% of participants conducted self-audits more than three times per year.8

May 6, 2014

Software contracts: 85% of companies in non-compliance

Channel News
A study conducted by IDC on behalf of Flexera Software with 1398 publishers and manufacturers and companies responsible for 430 (28% in Europe) provides a damning indictment of the conformity of enterprise software.

One finding that 85% of respondents are in a situation of non-compliance with their software licensing contracts. A majority of them (63%) were audited by their software vendors over the last 18-24 months. Audits which in some cases are repeated several times during the period since 37% of companies have had 2 visits and more. Audits which have also paid off for providers with 56% of companies surveyed by IDC had to pay penalties, which in 21% of cases have exceeded one million dollars. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

May 6, 2014

Compliance undermined by the Business Software

IT for Business

A joint study by IDC and Flexera Software points to companies in non-compliance vis-à-vis software. 85% of them would be affected. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

May 6, 2014

Software License: 63% of companies have recently been audited

01Business
Practiced by all major publishers, software licensing audits are not only common but painful. In 85% of cases, they show non-conforming uses. With penalties sometimes exceeding one million euros.

While most companies are software pirates who are unaware, the improper use of the software with respect to licensing agreements can sometimes cause heavy penalties. This is what emerges from a study conducted by research firm IDC and Flexera Software publisher that offers solutions dedicated to the proper use of software, ax to grind. 56% of respondents reported audit of EUR 100 000 or more expenses during the past year and almost a quarter of them - 21% - have received a bill for more than one million. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

May 6, 2014

Companies are likely to pay penalties for audits of software licenses, often for more than one million

ITR News

Companies are likely to pay penalties for audits of software licenses, often for more than one million. Most of them are in fact software pirates who are unaware. Improper use of the software with respect to licensing causes of non-budgeted by DAF during regular audits of publishers penalties. Many companies are unknowingly, software pirates, and have s' pay penalties sometimes reaching one million euros at the end of the annual audits publishers. (This article is in French. Use Google Translate to read it in English.)

May 5, 2014

Study: Microsoft Is Most 'Aggressive' Software Auditor

Redmond Channel Partner

Microsoft issues more software audits than any other software vendor, according to a recent Flexera Software study. Annual software "true-ups," during which companies account for the software they license, are standard practice. Companies also face software audits, however. In its survey of 1,828 software and enterprise executives, Flexera, in conjunction with research and consulting firm IDC, found that 58 percent of respondents reported getting audits from Microsoft within the last year.

May 2, 2014

Microsoft Found To Issue the Most Software Audits

Redmond

The most "aggressive" software auditor of all is Microsoft, according to a recently published industry study. Companies that license software face annual "true-ups," where they must account for the software they use. That's a standard practice, but companies also face software audits. Of various the various software vendors out there, Microsoft was found to have issued the most audits, according to a recently published study. The study involved a survey of 1,828 software and enterprise executives, conducted by Flexera Software in conjunction with research and consulting firm IDC. The survey found that 58 percent of the respondents reported getting audits from Microsoft within the last year.

May 1, 2014

Blame 'Accidental Piracy' for Some Big Software Bills

Billing & Oss World

Thanks in part to accidental software pirating, many enterprises face frequent, unbudgeted software license bills from their vendors, often to the tune of millions of dollars annually.

May 1, 2014

CFO's Beware - Businesses Are 'Accidental' Software Pirates

Huffington Post UK

CFO's may be unaware of this. But most businesses are "accidental software pirates." They're frequently handed unbudgeted software licence true-up bills from their vendors - often to the tune of millions of dollars annually. A new Flexera Software/IDC 2013-14 Key Trends in Software Pricing & Licensing Report, uncovers a grisly fact many CFO's are probably unaware of: their companies are using software they haven't contracted for - and it's costing them millions. The report shows that 85% of organisations are out of compliance with their software licence agreements, 63% were audited by their software vendors in the last 18-24 months (58% by Microsoft, the most aggressive auditor), and 56% were handed true-up bills (21% for a million dollars or more).

May 1, 2014

Blame 'Accidental Piracy' for Some Big Software Bills

Channel Partners

Thanks in part to accidental software pirating, many enterprises face frequent, unbudgeted software license bills from their vendors, often to the tune of millions of dollars annually.

May 1, 2014

Device manufacturers, profit and the Internet of Things

Computerworld UK
Running applications on top of IoT devices offers new flexibility and markets

The idea that leveraging software applications to power an object - anything from cars, building, smart devices to wearable technology - can make it ‘live’ and enable enterprises and manufactures to deliver news types of products and services with relative ease, is extremely appealing and potentially lucrative

April 30, 2014

Underrated: The financial risk through software audits

All About Security
Study of Flexera Software shows that many companies use software license compliant and not have to pay for license audits by the software provider high payments

Many companies are unintentionally software pirates and must often make large unbudgeted payments to software vendors - often several million dollars annually. This shows the study Key Trends in Software Pricing & Licensing report of Flexera Software and IDC . According to the survey use 85 percent of the company's software does not license compliant, 63 percent had in the last 18-24 months, an audit by a software provider undergo (Microsoft was the most aggressive Auditor) and 56 percent had payments to make (21 percent paid a million dollars or more). (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

April 29, 2014

Companies Often Pay Unbudgeted Software License True-Up Fees in Excess of $1 Million According to Flexera Software/IDC Survey

Market Watch

CFO's are now on notice -- most enterprises are "accidental software pirates" and face frequent, unbudgeted software license true-up bills from their vendors -- often to the tune of millions of dollars annually. This is the conclusion of a new Flexera Software 2013-14 Key Trends in Software Pricing & Licensing Report, prepared jointly with IDC, the ninth annual assessment of key issues and trends on the minds of software vendors, intelligent device manufacturers, and enterprise IT executives and managers. The report reveals among other things that 85% of organizations are out of compliance with their software license agreements, 63% were audited by their software vendors in the last 18-24 months (58% by Microsoft, the most aggressive auditor), and 56% were handed true-up bills (21% for a million dollars or more).

April 29, 2014

Most organizations are accidental software pirates

BetaNews

A majority of enterprises are using software that they've unintentionally failed to pay for according to a new report by Flexera Software prepared in conjunction with IDC.

April 22, 2014

Flexera recruiting partners managed services in France

Channel News

The American Flexera Software, specializing in management solutions using software, announces the establishment of a program to encourage partners to offer managed services to businesses based on technologies to help manage their software assets. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

April 22, 2014

Top Tips: How to Implement a Successful Enterprise App Store

IDG Connect

Whilst online storefronts are easy to set up, for an enterprise app store to operate without a hitch, a lot has to happen behind the scenes. So what are the secrets to success? Here's what tops the list:

April 20, 2014

New Revenue Sources

Markt & Technik
The digital supply chain software provides flexibility to open new revenue streams

Markt & Technik: Flexera Software specializes on developing systems that optimize the use of software licenses. Why is this issue now of interest to manufacturers of embedded systems? (This article is in German.)

April 18, 2014

Microsoft Re-Installs Visual Studio Installer

Visual Studio Magazine
The installer was removed after Visual Studio 2010, and led to an outcry among developers.

Microsoft has brought back a much-missed bit of functionality from Visual Studio 2010 and put it back in Visual Studio 2013: Visual Studio Installer projects.

April 17, 2014

The IoT Market Is Big, But How Can Businesses Monetise It?

Business Computing World

Simply selling more units will not result in the massive spike in profits manufacturers are hoping for as they make a play for the $1.9 trillion Internet of Things (IoT) market, concludes the report: “Software Licensing & Entitlement Management is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things“, by Gartner.

April 16, 2014

How Can Device Makers Profit from the Internet of Things?

IDG Connect

Simply selling more device units will not result in the massive spike in profits that manufacturers are hoping for as they make a play for the $1.9 trillion Internet of Things (IoT) market. In addition to selling more internet-connected devices, businesses will also have to figure out how to make money from the applications they develop to control and sit on top of those devices – and they’ll also have to figure out how to use software licensing and entitlement management as the mechanism to capture those additional revenues. This is the conclusion of a new report published recently by Gartner: Software Licensing & Entitlement Management is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things. The report provides a roadmap that device manufacturers must follow if they hope to profit from the IoT.

April 11, 2014

Fit for virtual and mobile applications

LANline

IT departments are always under pressure to improve their efficiency and responsiveness. The software deployment is no exception and IT needs to the process of application preparation - ie until the migration from the packaging - designed so that the software deployment works continuously and predictably. The process must adapt to new technologies and changing business requirements, provide predictable results and measured values ​​and his technology used across. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

April 9, 2014

Best Practices for Windows 7 Migration and 8

JDN

Software transitions are difficult, complex and time consuming tasks. With the end of Windows XP support, which took effect April 8, 2014, migration to Windows 7 and 8 are more than a priority for many businesses. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

April 8, 2014

Internet of Things: Towards new business models

ITR News

If the market for the Internet of Things promises to be one of the most promising and most dynamic, the target for manufacturers of connected objects is not simply to sell more products, but also and especially to be able to derive income manager software configuration and functionality of the connected objects. New business models should therefore emerge. (This article is in French. Use Google Translate to read it in English.)

April 6, 2014

Software license optimization as managed services

SaaS-Magazin

Flexera Software promoted a new global initiative is offered in the software license optimization as managed services through specialized employees of the company or an extensive partner network. "We work with the best and most successful managed services partner for software license optimization together," says Tim Boudreau, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Flexera Software. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

April 4, 2014

Internet of Things: Device manufacturers need new business model

absatzwirtschaft

A recently published Gartner report concludes that machine builders and equipment manufacturers have to sell more than just additional web-enabled products to benefit from the "Internet of things" and to remain competitive. They also have to find a way to like them. Using the embedded systems that configure the hardware flexibility and control their functions, to generate revenue A necessary step in this direction is the use of software licensing and entitlement management. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

April 4, 2014

Study: Internet of Things - machine builders need new business model

Digital Business Cloud

For manufacturers of internet-capable device software monetization is through licensing and authorization management more important: The current published Gartner report Emerging Technology Analysis: Software Licensing & Entitlement Management Is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things comes to the conclusion that machine builders and equipment manufacturers more than must only sell additional Internet-enabled products to benefit from the internet of things and to remain competitive. In addition, companies must find a way to like them. Using the embedded systems that configure the hardware flexibility and control their functions, to generate revenue A necessary step in this direction is the use of software licensing and entitlement management. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

April 4, 2014

Study: Internet of Things - machine builders need new business model

AutoCAD & Inventor

For manufacturers of internet-capable device software monetization is through licensing and authorization management more important: The current published Gartner report Emerging Technology Analysis: Software Licensing & Entitlement Management Is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things comes to the conclusion that machine builders and equipment manufacturers more than must only sell additional Internet-enabled products to benefit from the internet of things and to remain competitive. In addition, companies must find a way to like them. Using the embedded systems that configure the hardware flexibility and control their functions, to generate revenue A necessary step in this direction is the use of software licensing and entitlement management. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)

April 3, 2014

Flexera Software Launches Cloud Licensing Service

Talkin' Cloud

Flexera Software's latest cloud offering update is intended to help application developers to explore new licensing models that reduce or even eliminate the complexity of managing a local license server. The new features are part of Flexera's FlexNet Producer Suite, a software licensing, entitlement management and delivery product.

April 3, 2014

In the Internet of Things, software is key to value creation

Silicon Angle

The erosion of hardware margins is outstripping the ability of manufacturers to make it up on volume, even as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand at an accelerating pace, concludes a new report penned by Laurie F. Wurster, Research Director at Gartner. The report, entitled “Emerging Technology Analysis: Software Licensing and Entitlement Management Is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things” was published on Monday and points to embedded applications as a potentially paradigm-shifting source of differentiation—and sustainable revenues—in the connected era.

April 3, 2014

Why the Key to Internet of Things Profit Lies in Embedded Apps

CBR
Providers cannot compete on price for IoT success

Manufacturers specialising in the Internet of Things (IoT) will not make money from the sales of their devices unless they unlock economic value from the software developed to power their devices, according to the latest research.

April 2, 2014

Internet of Things: 5 tips to monetize

InfoTech Lead

IT market research agency Gartner has shared 5 tips to monetize from Internet of Things. Simplify, differentiate, drive revenue, grow market and protect your IP are the five tips that can assist you to monetize from M2M initiatives.

April 1, 2014

Flexera Software Launches an outsourced management offering licenses

IT For Business

At a time when the Business Software Alliance announced it collected € 1,325 million with French companies for non-compliance of their software licenses, Flexera Software publisher specializing in the management of licenses, announces a new marketing method offers its Software License Optimization . This will be issued by certified outsourced partners or directly by Flexera Software mode. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

April 1, 2014

Gartner claims Internet of Things will require business model shake-up

TechRadar
Business models will need to change

Computer manufacturers hoping to make cash from the Internet of Things (IoT) can't make profit selling more devices, according to analyst company Gartner. Instead, Gartner warns, manufacturers who are hoping to make a play to compete in the IoT market will have to shake up their business models completely.

April 1, 2014

Top Tips: How to Handle a Mass Windows Migration

IDG Connect

Software transitions are costly, difficult, time consuming and complex activities, which, especially in the current, diverse IT environment, require extensive planning. With rumours of a Windows 9 launch in April 2015, less than 18 months after the launch of Windows 8.1, now is the time for IT Managers to understand Application Readiness best-practice processes to ensure these migrations are executed in the most cost efficient manner.

April 1, 2014

Internet of Things revenues are in embedded software, Flexera says

Business Cloud News

Selling more devices won’t result in big spikes in profits that Internet of Things manufacturers are hoping for, according to software provider Flexera. Instead, manufacturers will have to figure out how to create sticky revenue from the software developed to configure and power their products, the firm said.

April 1, 2014

Gartner: Reinvent Your Business Model to Profit From the Internet of Things

HuffPost Tech

Simply selling more device units will not result in the massive spike in profits manufacturers are hoping for as they make a play to compete in the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition to selling more Internet-connected devices, businesses will also have to figure out how to make money from the software they develop that flexibly configures their devices and powers functionality - and they'll also have to leverage software licensing and entitlement management as the mechanism to capture those additional revenues. This is the conclusion of a new report published today by Gartner, Software Licensing & Entitlement Management is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things.

April 1, 2014

Gartner Report advises Manufacturers to reinvent their business models if they want to profit from the Internet of Things

Virtual Strategy Magazine
Monetising the software that powers Internet-connected devices will be key to maintain competitive advantage

Analyst firm Gartner has released a report entitled Emerging Technology Analysis: Software Licensing & Entitlement Management Is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things that validates Flexera Software's ongoing advice to the manufacturing industry with regards to benefiting from the Internet of Things (IoT). In essence, simply selling more devices will not result in the massive spike in profits manufacturers are hoping for as they make a play to compete in the Internet of Things.

April 1, 2014

Manufacturers must reinvent business models to profit from Internet of Things

Real Business

Simply selling more devices will not result in the massive spike in profits manufacturers are hoping for as they make a play to compete in the Internet of Things (IoT), states Gartner report.

March 31, 2014

Flexera Software launches its outsourced services for its product Software License Optimization

ITR Press

Provided by Flexera Software Certified Partners, the new outsourced services enable client companies to take advantage of this licensing model to reduce costs and ensure ongoing compliance of their licenses. (This article has been translated to English from French by Google Translate)

March 25, 2014

Tech watch: Everything and anything

ARN

Data has always been created in growing amounts, but not in the ways it is today.  The Internet of Everything is the end result, but where does it leave the IT industry?

March 18, 2014

Survey finds companies failing to profit from intelligent devices

Irish Manufacturing

Many hardware manufacturers are currently developing software applications for their products - transforming them into "intelligent devices" , but the majority still do not understand the new revenue opportunities available to them by leveraging the power of their smart devices and the software that runs on top of them.

March 14, 2014

Windows 9: Another OS, another migration

Business Spectator

Rumours are rife that Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold) is scheduled for launch in April 2015. If true, this operating system (OS) will come in less than 18 months after the launch of Windows 8.1. This is when many enterprises are scrambling to transition to Windows 7 from Windows XP; and some businesses are potentially underway in their Windows 8/8.1 projects.

March 14, 2014

Application Usage Management Survey: All Signs Point to Intelligent Devices

M2M Evolution

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.

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