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26 July 2016

Why every tech pro should learn to code

ComputerWorld
Coding is one of the hottest skills on the tech market. According to a recent survey from Burning Glass, programming jobs are growing 12 percent faster than the average. According to the survey in 2015 there were seven million job openings that required coding skills.
26 July 2016

Why every tech pro should learn to code

CIO
Coding is one of the hottest skills on the tech market. According to a recent survey from Burning Glass, programming jobs are growing 12 percent faster than the average. According to the survey in 2015 there were seven million job openings that required coding skills.
26 July 2016

Why every tech pro should learn to code

InfoWorld
Coding is one of the hottest skills on the tech market. According to a recent survey from Burning Glass, programming jobs are growing 12 percent faster than the average. According to the survey in 2015 there were seven million job openings that required coding skills.
26 July 2016

Why every tech pro should learn to code

Network World
Coding is one of the hottest skills on the tech market. According to a recent survey from Burning Glass, programming jobs are growing 12 percent faster than the average. According to the survey in 2015 there were seven million job openings that required coding skills.
22 July 2016

9 Ways for Enterprises to Find Unused Apps and Weed Them Out

eWeek
Today's enterprises have amassed many applications that must be maintained and supported daily. The amount of apps in most portfolios has vastly increased due to mergers, acquisitions and organic growth, and includes a wide range of desktop applications, editions and versions.
20 July 2016

Flexera Software Presents 2015 Partner of the Year Awards

Channel EMEA
Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, today announced their 2015 Partner of the Year Awards. Accolades were presented to KPMG, Mindgrape, Grupo SIA and Softline Group during Flexera Software’s annual Partner Summits in Big Sky Montana for North America, and the French Alps for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
11 July 2016

Are you spending too much with our cloud provider?

IT Brief
Public cloud offerings allow IT to get out of the business of running data centres, where for years most of the budgets have been spent on hardware and software maintenance and upgrade.
6 July 2016

5 Steps to Getting Rid of Application Sprawl

Enterprise Apps Today
Application sprawl is a major challenge for IT operation teams. The modern enterprise has accumulated many applications over the years that must be actively maintained and supported
29 June 2016

AdminStudio Suite 2016, Workflow Manager 2016 Add Mac Support

Mac Tech
Flexera Software (www.flexerasoftware.com) has updated AdminStudio Suite, a unified application readiness solution for packaging, virtualisation and management, adding Mac support along with that for Windows and mobile applications.
28 June 2016

Flexera Software Launches AdminStudio Suite 2016 and Workflow Manager 2016; Adds Support for Mac® Applications

Dzone
Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced the latest release of AdminStudio Suite, the industry-leading unified Application Readiness solution for reliable packaging, virtualization and management of Windows, Mac and mobile applications.
27 June 2016

10 ways to avoid wasting money on software

GCN
The federal government spends more than $6 billion per year just on software. Without a governmentwide software asset management strategy in place, as much as 25 percent of that software spend -- or $1.5 billion -- can be wasted.
27 June 2016

Apps for Euro 2016

Professional Security
Football fans around the world have been watching 24 teams as they play 51 games at the Euro 2016 championships to July 10. And many of those are using popular mobile apps to stream content and stay up to date – apps that could pose security risks to enterprises, it is claimed. According to a new report, “Will Companies be Shown a Yellow Card during EURO 2016?”, if used on employer-issued or employee-owned BYOD devices, many of these apps could violate corporate risk policies.
23 June 2016

Sports apps raise staff security risks

Technology Decisions
Many of the popular mobile apps designed for the EURO 2016 UEFA European Championship could violate corporate risk policies and leave companies vulnerable to attack, a new report from Flexera Software shows.
22 June 2016

Football mania brings security risks to workplace bring-your-own-device policies

Security Brief NZ
As football mania is sweeping the world, employees could be putting your company at risk through your 'bring-your-own-device' policies, warns Flexera Software.
22 June 2016

Football mania brings security risks to workplace bring-your-own-device policies

IT Brief AU
As football mania is sweeping the world, employees could be putting your company at risk through your 'bring-your-own-device' policies, warns Flexera Software.
22 June 2016

Football mania brings security risks to workplace bring-your-own-device policies

IT Brief NZ
As football mania is sweeping the world, employees could be putting your company at risk through your 'bring-your-own-device' policies, warns Flexera Software.
22 June 2016

Football mania brings security risks to workplace bring-your-own-device policies

Tech Day
As football mania is sweeping the world, employees could be putting your company at risk through your 'bring-your-own-device' policies, warns Flexera Software.
22 June 2016

Football mania brings security risks to workplace bring-your-own-device policies

Security Brief AU
As football mania is sweeping the world, employees could be putting your company at risk through your 'bring-your-own-device' policies, warns Flexera Software.
21 June 2016

HTML5 Won't Stop Malvertising, Brings New Threats

Security Week
Flash is one of the most abused pieces of software in use. Flexera Software's Vulnerability Review 2016 counts 457 vulnerabilities in 2014 and 2015 (second only to Chrome with 516 vulnerabilities).
5 June 2016

Enterprise app stores: delivering on the promise of IT self service

Tech Page One
IT is coming under increasing pressure from CEOs to give employees a more consumer-like experience when fulfilling requests. This is most commonly felt in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment, where employees want to connect to work through their personal devices – iPhones, iPads, etc.
12 May 2016

Panama Papers fiasco reflects “extinction-level” risk from ignoring security basics: Trump

CSO
The recent massive hack of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca – and the publication of its trove of confidential information in a publicly-searchable format that has cast suspicions on everyone from David Cameron to Emma Watson to cybercriminals themselves – is the kind of “extinction-level event” that businesses should better prepare for when their viability is entirely based on trust, one security consultant has warned.
11 May 2016

Enterprise App Stores Can Give IT Celebrity Status

ITAM Channel
Corporate IT budgets are expected to grow by just 2.0% this year, with OPEX surpassing CAPEX for the first time since 2009, according to recent research.
10 May 2016

The 50 most awesome things in Chicago technology offices

Chicago Tribune
Click through to see our 50 favorite Chicago office-design features.
10 May 2016

A New Era in the Software Licensing World

ITAM Channel
The model for how organisations have purchased enterprise software has largely been the same – i.e. perpetual licensing, whereby companies pay the full price of the software up front and are allowed access in perpetuity.
9 May 2016

The Hidden Cost of Enterprise Software – 10 Key Steps to Successful Software Compliance

ITAM Channel
Software wastage is on the agenda for many organisations, as awareness of Software Asset Management and its benefits widens. Indeed a recent report into the key trends in software licencing highlighted yet again why SAM is critically important.
5 May 2016

Top five ways to manage cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Compare the Cloud
According to Gartner, the cloud services industry is growing more than five times faster than other IT categories as companies shift away from internal hardware to greater use of public cloud infrastructures.
5 May 2016

Flexera Software FlexNet Manager for cloud infrastructure

Techonolgy Decisions
Flexera Software has launched the FlexNet Manager for cloud infrastructure which gives organisations centralised visibility into their cloud services use and allows them to optimise utilisation and control costs.
4 May 2016

What Does It Take to Achieve Software Licensing Optimization?

Corporate Compliance Insights
What is Software License Optimization? The short answer is: Software License Optimization is the ongoing process of proactively managing the software estate, throughout the software product lifecycle, to maximize utilization of assets, minimize costs and maintain license compliance.
2 May 2016

Trim Your Application Portfolio For Savings

NWW
Reducing the number of applications can save money, but be prepared for a potentially tedious inventory process -- and for users with emotional attachments
2 May 2016

Trim Your Application Portfolio For Savings

InfoWorld
Reducing the number of applications can save money, but be prepared for a potentially tedious inventory process -- and for users with emotional attachments
2 May 2016

Trim Your Application Portfolio For Savings

ComputerWorld
Reducing the number of applications can save money, but be prepared for a potentially tedious inventory process -- and for users with emotional attachments
28 April 2016

Flexera Identifies Top PC Vulnerabilities for Aussie Users

SecurityBrief Australia
Australian PC users are making some progress in patching software vulnerabilities but significant challenges remain, according to Flexera Software’s latest report.
27 April 2016

PC Users Getting Better at Patching Windows

Technology Decisions
Australian PC users are becoming more diligent about patching their Windows operating systems, but usage of unpatched non-Microsoft software remains precariously high, according to Flexera Software.
25 April 2016

Software Audits: How High Tech Plays Hardball

TechWorld
'Truing up' licenses amounts to billions of dollars in revenue for the major software makers. Here's where the money goes -- and how it's extracted
25 April 2016

Software Audits: How High Tech Plays Hardball

ARN
'Truing up' licenses amounts to billions of dollars in revenue for the major software makers. Here's where the money goes -- and how it's extracted
25 April 2016

Software Audits: How High Tech Plays Hardball

Computerworld
'Truing up' licenses amounts to billions of dollars in revenue for the major software makers. Here's where the money goes -- and how it's extracted
25 April 2016

Software Audits: How High Tech Plays Hardball

Network World
'Truing up' licenses amounts to billions of dollars in revenue for the major software makers. Here's where the money goes -- and how it's extracted
25 April 2016

Software Audits: How High Tech Plays Hardball

CIO
'Truing up' licenses amounts to billions of dollars in revenue for the major software makers. Here's where the money goes -- and how it's extracted
22 April 2016

How to Thwart Software Piracy

IT Briefcase
Software piracy continues to be a growing threat to software producers’ revenue and reputation as many have unknowingly left their products exposed, including market leaders like Microsoft®. How can you thwart digital theft?
18 April 2016

New Products of the Week 4.18.16

Network World
Our roundup of intriguing new products.
15 April 2016

Managing Amazon Web Services (AWS) Costs

The ITAM Review
Our friends at the big G state that spending on public cloud is growing five times faster than other IT categories.
15 April 2016

Flexera Software Introduces New Cloud Infrastructure Optimization Platform

App Developer Magazine
Flexera Software has launched FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure, a solution addressing the management of cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The platform gives organizations centralized visibility into their cloud services use providing the ability to track, manage and optimize cloud services usage.
14 April 2016

Real World Problems Solved by IoT

DZone
More references to industrial than consumer - where the money is
13 April 2016

Solutions Roundup: Flexera Software Launches FlexNet Manager for Cloud, and Other News

ARN
Software Asset Management (SAM) vendor, Flexera Software, has released FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure to market. The solution is designed to give companies centralised visibility into their Cloud services use, with a focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS), to allow businesses to optimise utilisation and control costings.
13 April 2016

Flexera Software Extends the Power of Software Asset Management (SAM) with Launch of FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure

DZone
First-to-market solution provides centralized visibility into use of public cloud services and tools to eliminate waste and optimize spend
13 April 2016

Flexera Extends Software Asset Management to the Cloud

IT Pro Portal
While it’s important for companies to manage their software licensing effectively, with the shift of many systems to the cloud doing so has become more difficult.
12 April 2016

Flexera Extends Software Asset Management to the Cloud

BetaNews
While it's important for companies to manage their software licensing effectively, with the shift of many systems to the cloud doing so has become more difficult.
12 April 2016

Herding Cats in the Cloud: Enterprise Monitoring of Decentralized AWS Usage

Enterprise Tech
Cloud instances are typically spun out on a one-off basis across an enterprise. Most organizations have multiple cloud accounts purchased in a decentralized, ad hoc way.
12 April 2016

Flexera Software Solution Provides Visibility into Cloud Services

SD Times
Flexera Software announced the launch of FlexNet Manager for Cloud Infrastructure. It will give organizations centralized visibility into their cloud services use and allows them to optimize utilization and control costs.
8 April 2016

Adobe Issues Emergency Updates for Zero-Day Flaw in Flash Player

InformationWeek Dark Reading
Memory corruption flaw is being exploited in the wild to distribute ransomware samples like Locky and Cerber.
5 April 2016

Flexera Headquarters is a Bright Blue Oasis in Suburbs

Chicago Tribune
Sacks said the company's new office was intended to demonstrate how it has matured. Flexera provides software licensing and compliance solutions.
1 April 2016

Top 25 Free Tools for Windows 7 and 8.1

InfoWorld
Sticking with Windows 7 or 8.1, at least for now? Here are the free apps you need to keep your PC running right
1 April 2016

Industry Watch: Are You Paying Too Much for Your Software?

SD Times
People can find out in as little as 15 minutes if they’re paying too much for their auto insurance. There’s even a little green gecko to tell them so.
29 March 2016

The Hidden Cost of Wasted Software Budgets

Technology Decisions
A recent report from Flexera Report has revealed that organisations have been unnecessarily wasting their enterprise software budget.
25 March 2016

Software Vulnerabilities are Up – But It’s Not Microsoft’s Fault

BetaNews
The number of software vulnerabilities has increased over the last year, but the majority of them are in non-Microsoft products.
24 March 2016

Software waste a serious issue in businesses

Fresh Business Thinking
Our latest report reveals that organisations are inadvertently frittering away significant portions of their enterprise software budget due to software license non-compliance and audit related costs as well as software under-use.
22 March 2016

Weekly Top 10: Continuous Improvement, Collaboration and Innovation

Dzone
This week’s top 10 reminds us that there is always room to be continually improving and adapting. For example, the CIO role is becoming more involved with the digital transformations of organizations. CIOs should be focusing their teams on collaboration to breed innovation and implementing a service-centered approach to design to keep business booming and customers satisfied.
21 March 2016

25 Free, Awesome Windows Programs: Top Tools for Every Task

PC World
A key component in keeping your system up-to-date, Secunia Personal Software Inspector scans every program on your PC and tells you in no uncertain terms if you have any wayward programs that haven’t been patched.
21 March 2016

Mind the App, Says Secunia as Bug Count Remains Stable

The Register
The number of zero-day vulnerabilities last year was the same as in 2014, according to a new study by vulnerability management outfit Secunia.
21 March 2016

Top 25 Free Tools for Windows 7 and 8.1

CIO
It’s been nearly two years since we surveyed the best free programs for Windows desktops. Much has happened since then -- most notably the advent of Windows 10 and the explosion of tremendously useful applications and services in the cloud.
18 March 2016

Malvertising Hits BBC, Newsweek, NYT and MSN

iTWire
Links to malware inside online advertising bypassed the security systems of the advertising serving companies and distributed ransomware to unsuspecting ‘link clickers’.
18 March 2016

Study Finds Most Software Vulnerabilities Have Patches within One Day

eWeek
Although the total number of vulnerabilities continues to rise, new research finds that most are not zero-day risks.
18 March 2016

Nearly 2,500 Applications with 16,081 Vulnerabilities in 2015

iTWire
Unlike most products, software is offered without any kind of warranty, and when you see how many bugs and vulns software has, it’s obvious why.
17 March 2016

Secunia Sports over 16,000 Bugs in 2016

Infosecurity
Secunia Research last year spotted over 16,000 vulnerabilities across more than 2400 products, with nearly 14% rated “extremely” or “highly” critical, highlighting the increasing pressure IT admins are under to patch systems as soon as possible.
17 March 2016

Vulnerabilities Found in Half of Top 50 PC Applications

Technology Decisions
Half of the top 50 applications on private PCs had vulnerabilities discovered in 2015, most of which were rated as either highly or extremely critical, according to Flexera Software.
17 March 2016

Vulnerable System the Root Cause of Security Issues, Experts Say

IT Brief
In order for organisations to stay on top of their environments, IT teams must have complete visibility of the application that are in use within a business.
17 March 2016

Vulnerable System the Root Cause of Security Issues, Experts Say

Security Brief
In order for organisations to stay on top of their environments, IT teams must have complete visibility of the application that are in use within a business.
16 March 2016

Installing Data Apps on a Company Phone Can Threaten Sensitive Business Data

Global Dating Insights
A new study has found that employees installing dating apps on corporate-issued or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phones could create potential security risks for a business.
16 March 2016

March Madness Apps May Be Accessing Your Data

App Developer Magazine
In its mobile app risk assessment report “March Madness or April Foods” Flexera Software highlighted BYOD security issues by analyzing the annual March Madness craze as employees are using apps on their corporate and BYOD devices to stream content, complete brackets and track March Madness activities.
16 March 2016

No, Dating Apps Can’t Hack a Company

FOX Business
It’s no secret that millions of people use mobile dating apps like Tinder and OKCupid to find love. For many, they might have these apps on company issued cell phones or connect their personal devices into a company network posing a big question: can personal apps access a company network?
15 March 2016

Infographic: 79% of March Madness Apps Can Track Your Location

SocialTimes
Software asset management company Flexera Software has released its latest mobile app risk assessment report, analyzing popular March Madness apps, and the access these apps may receive to features (and potentially information) on a user’s device once they’re downloaded.
15 March 2016

Report: March Madness Apps May Create BYOD Risk for Enterprises

Mobile Marketing Watch
As American employees succumb to the frenzy of NCAA Basketball March Madness — the growing roster of mobile apps feeding their obsession could pose a security risk to organizations if used on employer-issued devices or employee-owned, BYOD devices capable of accessing corporate data.
15 March 2016

Tracking Software Usage in the Cloud Essential to Contain Hidden Cost and Risk

PC World
For several years, cloud computing has been a trending topic in the IT space. Organisations have spent the last few years researching and experimenting with cloud environments and they are now adopting public, private and hybrid clouds at an ever-increasing pace. It is delivering on the promise of freeing IT from day-to-day management of data centres, allowing organisations to focus more time on high value business objectives.
14 March 2016

March Madness Apps for iOS Could Put Corporate Data at Risk

CIO
A new report suggests many of the most popular March Madness apps for iPhone and iPad request access to potentially sensitive information, and they could endanger corporate data stored on BYOD phones and tablets.
14 March 2016

Researchers Discover Many March Madness Apps are Asking for Permissions They Don’t Need

The Daily Dot
Welcome to March Madness, where the excitement is infectious and apparently the apps might be as well. According to new research from Flexera Software, popular March Madness apps might be leaving users at risk.
8 March 2016

V.i. Labs Acquires S/W Usage Analytics

Datanami
Tracking how application software is being used and misused is an emerging analytics market niche as user analytics vendors attempt to provide software developers with insights into preferred and little-used features while helping vendors monitor licensees.
1 February 2016

Secunia PSI/CSI Engine Gets Right with Windows 10

TechTarget

I’ve been a big fan of Secunia’s (now part of Flexera) Personal Software Inspector (PSI) and Corporate Software Inspector (CSI) for half-a-dozen years or longer. The engine that makes both versions work scans PCs for installed software, and compares them to its sizable and comprehensive database of applications to see what’s up-to-date and what’s in need of patching or updating.

1 February 2016

Tracking Software Usage in the Cloud

Cloud Computing World

Daniel Galecki explains why it’s more important than ever to include software licensing teams as part of your strategic cloud planning

29 January 2016

Survey Roundup: Feeling Better With a CISO

The Wall Street Journal

A look at some recent surveys and reports dealing with risk and compliance issues.

28 January 2016

‘Shelfware,’ Software Audit Costs on the Rise

EnterpriseTech

Corporations are often looking for ways to automate their operations to save money as a way to "lower overhead." Software, rather than hiring another worker, is usually seen as the most cost-effective way to run an organization. According to a new report, that approach is increasingly a waste of money.

27 January 2016

Enterprise software budgets riddled with waste

Technology Decisions

Most organisations are wasting significant portions of their enterprise software budgets on software they rarely (if ever) use, according to Flexera Software.

27 January 2016

Software wastage is running rampant: Flexera

ARN

Most organisations are unnecessarily wasting significant portions of their enterprise software budget, according to the tenth annual 2016 Key Trends in Software Pricing and Licensing report commissioned by Flexera Software.

27 January 2016

Got enterprise software? You're probably due for an audit

Computerworld
Vendors are turning up the heat to boost their revenue, licensing experts warn

If you run software for a business, take note: Vendors are watching you closely. Corporate users are expected to pay in full for all the ways they use a vendor's software, and on what systems, and for all the people who use it, and maybe more. Complicating matters further, the rules can often change.

26 January 2016

Is your business wasting the software budget?

BetaNews

No matter how much money your company spends on software, it’s likely to spend less if your boss reads this article.

22 January 2016

A Recipe to Reduce Mobile App Security Risk

Australian Security Magazine

As businesses roll-out their BYOD strategies, most CIOs and CEOs have no idea that many of the mobile apps allowed to touch corporate systems and data engage in risky behaviours that could compromise data security and policy. This danger was underscored when a free app – Flashlight, secretly recorded personal user information such as location of phone and details of the owner, and sent it on to advertisers.

21 January 2016

Another Flash Zero-day exploit – extreme patch alert

ITWire

Adobe Flash continues to be a major threat vector. Short of removing it and missing out on a huge proportion of the web’s video content, proactive patching regularly provides some protection.

21 January 2016

Uninstall or disable Flash, plus keep your Mac and PC up to date

ITWire

The urgent advice out there today is to update Flash, because it is constantly being hacked, but you’re better off deleting it - while still enjoying all the Flash you want - and keeping your Mac and PC fully updated at all times.

21 January 2016

Despite Stagnant Enterprise Software Budgets, Waste Is Running Rampant According to New Flexera Software Report

DABCC

Most organizations have shelfware, most are out of compliance with their software contracts, and most are getting audited by their vendors - often resulting in six- and seven-figure "true up" fees

21 January 2016

PC users, get rid of Adobe Flash end of life versions

BetaNews

Secunia Research at Flexera Software has published a report covering the fourth quarter of 2015 for 14 countries, regarding vulnerable software, applications and PCs.