Software License Optimization

Reduce Spend and Maintain Continuous 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 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.

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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 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 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

Software License Optimization Maturity Model

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 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

FlexNet Manager Platform provides scalable IT asset management, including both hardware (HAM) and software asset management (SAM) across more than 16,000 publishers and 140,000 applications, providing insight into installed software and application usage while delivering purchased versus installed license reconciliation and software license compliance.

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License Optimization

FlexNet Manager Suite license optimization solutions provide next generation software asset management and automated license optimization for Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Symantec software, allowing organizations to more effectively use the software they already have and purchase only what they need.

FlexNet Manager for Adobe is a scalable Software License Optimization product that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Adobe desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance.

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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 desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance..

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FlexNet Manager for Microsoft is a scalable 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 desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance.

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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.

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FlexNet Manager for SAP® Applications is a scalable 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.

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FlexNet Manager for Symantec is a scalable Software License Optimization product that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Symantec desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance.

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FlexNet Manager for VMware is a scalable 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 VMware desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance.

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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.

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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.

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Business Process Management

Workflow Manager helps enterprises to efficiently administer their 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 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.

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Enterprise App Store

App Portal enables IT Managers to enforce continual software license compliance and control software deployment, while increasing customer satisfaction and the efficiency of application service delivery. The employee driven enterprise app store automates the request, fulfillment and reclamation of software licenses to eliminate waste, ensure proper governance, and maximize usage of enterprise software.

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  • Monetize and protect software
  • Monetize the Internet of Things
  • Manage software entitlements
  • Electronically deliver and update software
  • Develop software installers
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