Software License Optimization
Reduce Spend and Maintain License Compliance with Enterprise Software License Management
Flexera Software is the established global leader in Software License Optimization solutions, enabling enterprises to gain visibility and control of IT assets, reduce ongoing software costs, and maintain continuous license compliance. These software asset management capabilities are delivered as a comprehensive suite of enterprise software license management and license compliance solutions that optimize the management of software assets throughout the software lifecycle.
Applications no longer just help the business, they run the business. Yet most companies lack a strategic solution to optimize the usage and spend of software assets throughout the software lifecycle. Few other strategic business assets are as undermanaged or as in need of a strategic solution as enterprise software.
While many companies have mastered negotiating discounts on software purchases, they are unable to ensure continuous software license optimization, compliance and optimize overall software spend. Most organizations don't truly know whether they are in compliance or not – the underlying data is suspect at best. And, lacking a strategic solution for Software License Optimization most companies overspend.
Are You Ready For a Software Audit?
Surveys indicate the majority of IT managers believe they are not prepared for a software audit while Gartner believes that every client can expect at least one software audit during the next 12 months. As a result, companies struggle with:
- Optimizing software spend due to an incomplete picture of what is being used compared to what is owned
- Exposure to over/under spending on software due to complex license models and purchase agreements
- Reconciling contracts and license entitlements with software installations
- Managing licenses in an on-going, consistent and effective way across vendors
- Capturing accurate application usage data (e.g., SAP) and selecting the most appropriate user license types
- Unbudgeted true-up expenses due to non-compliance with software license agreements
Traditionally, companies have relied on IT asset management (ITAM) and configuration management solutions such as IBM Tivoli, Microsoft SCCM, HP Asset Manager, BMC Remedy or CA IT Asset Manager to deploy and inventory software assets. But today the business imperative is transforming from counting what you have to controlling, using and optimizing the software licenses you have while ensuring that you only buy what you need.
Next Generation Software Asset Management
Traditional software asset management (SAM) tools are unable to meet today’s business needs for two fundamental reasons. First, such tools were never designed to handle modern software license model complexities. Legacy license models are simplistic—frequently based on a single user or device per license. Modern license models have complex and varied metrics. As a result, most modern applications running in today’s complex virtual environments pose unique license management and software asset management challenges, including:
- Discovery of application virtualization, streaming, and virtual desktop usage
- Handling license consumption implications for virtual applications, virtual desktops (VDI), virtual machines (VM), hard partitions, and sub-capacity licensing
- Identification of processor, VM and partition characteristics for major hardware and virtualization vendors
- Considering software product use rights and application usage for all license models and all vendors
- Tracking of usage in a product-specific way that aligns with how the software usage is monetized
To address these shortcomings, both Gartner and Forrester recommend Software License Optimization solutions such as Flexera Software's FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, which represent the next generation of software asset management. Such solutions not only manage all types of applications and license models, but also reconcile the software license entitlements you have purchased with actual application installation and usage data. In addition, Gartner recommends having an enterprise app store, such as Flexera Software App Portal, that is integrated with your Software License Optimization solution. This integration, in the case of Flexera Software’s solution, allows checking for available licenses as soon as a request is made for software via the app store, proactively ensuring license compliance. It also enables an automated license reclamation process to maximize utilization of existing assets.
The result is unprecedented control of your software estate, providing the strategic solution needed to drive upwards of 5-25% savings in annual software spend and continuous license compliance.
Only FlexNet Manager Suite Gets You to an Optimized Level of Maturity
Companies deploying a Software License Optimization solution are able to realize benefits in software license optimization, operational efficiencies and vendor management, including the ability to:
- Minimize license consumption and reduce ongoing software spend on licenses and maintenance
- Reduce the time and effort managing licenses and demonstrating compliance for software audits
- More accurately plan and budget for future needs
- Minimize the risk and cost of software license non-compliance
- Minimize the downtime and delays due to license denials when using a concurrent license model
- Gain continuous control of the software estate with repeatable, automated best practice software asset management process
As the market leading Software License Optimization solution, FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises has been proven to deliver superior capabilities at every level of maturity across the full spectrum of licensing models in use today. So, whether you’re just getting started or striving for best-in-class optimization across your entire enterprise, FlexNet Manager Suite has the capabilities you need to achieve the desired business outcomes.
Flexera Software's Software License Optimization Solutions
Desktop License Optimization
FlexNet Manager Platform is a scalable Software License Optimization product that includes both hardware and software asset management (HAM & SAM) across more than 16,000 publishers and 150,000 applications. It automates entitlement based software license management and optimization to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for desktop software, while maintaining license compliance.
Server License Optimization
FlexNet Manager for IBM is a scalable Software License Optimization solution that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates and optimizes entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for IBM server software, while maintaining license compliance.
FlexNet Manager for Microsoft is a scalable Microsoft Software License Optimization product that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates and optimizes entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Microsoft server software, while maintaining license compliance.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle is a scalable Software License Optimization solution that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. FlexNet Manager for Oracle automates and optimizes license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Oracle software, while maintaining license compliance.
FlexNet Manager for SAP® Applications is a scalable SAP Software License Optimization solution that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. It optimizes SAP named user licenses by detecting idle users, identifying duplicate users, and assigning the optimal license type for each user based on an analysis of real usage data.
FlexNet Manager for Symantec is a scalable Software License Optimization product that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates entitlement based Symantec software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Symantec server software, while maintaining license compliance.
FlexNet Manager for VMware is a scalable Software License Optimization product that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This VMware license optimization product automates and optimizes entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for VMware server software, while maintaining license compliance.
Concurrent License Optimization and License Server Management
FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications centrally administers FlexNet Publisher (formerly FlexLM) license servers, and reports concurrent license usage across many license management solutions (FlexNet, LUM, Reprise, Sentinel, etc.). It enables organizations to efficiently manage high spend technical applications to reduce licensing costs, improve productivity and more accurately forecast future software needs.
FlexWrap inserts software license tracking capabilities into Windows based applications to allow them to be tracked and managed by FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications as if they were concurrently licensed. This enables organizations to more effectively manage license usage for these applications so they are better able to cut software costs, stay in license compliance, and ensure end users have access to the licenses they need to be productive.
Business Process Management
Workflow Manager helps enterprises to efficiently administer their IT asset management processes and improve performance, control and accountability through standardization. It reduces costs and maximizes the productivity of IT teams by centralizing and automating workflow management processes and procedures tied to asset and contract lifecycles. It also provides a means for the IT department to interact with end users and increase service levels. Process traceability, prioritization, control, and optimization allow Workflow Manager to improve license compliance across the software estate.
Enterprise App Store
App Portal enforces continual software license compliance and controls software deployment, while increasing customer satisfaction and the efficiency of application service delivery. The enterprise app store ensures that governance is in place to check license availability, obtain proper approvals, and reclaim unused licenses.