BASIS International Ltd. Automates Its Highly Complex Software Licensing Environment with FlexNet Licensing

Challenge:

To keep software licensing simple and secure, in order to maximize customer compliance and streamline licensing procedures in a dynamic, complex market.

Solution:

Since 1999, FlexNet Publisher has protected and automated the licensing process, making it easy for BASIS customers to comply with licensing requirements.

Benefits:

FlexNet Publisher has automated the licensing process in multiple models, reducing unauthorized use and allowing BASIS International to introduce new licensing models to appeal to a broader customer base.

BASIS International Automates Its Highly Complex Software Licensing Environment with Flexera Software FlexNet Solutions

BASIS International is a leading developer of innovative software tools relied upon by more than 7,000 developers worldwide, used to create enterprise and e-commerce business applications. Founded in 1985 on the principles of open software architecture and platform independence, BASIS has become the industry leader in the Business BASIC software market, supporting more than 100 different product ports on various platforms. Since 1999 the company has relied upon Flexera Software FlexNet Publisher to automate, secure and manage a highly complex licensing process in its dynamic market.

“We knew it was time to turn the protection of our software assets over to experts. By leveraging Flexera Software’s software licensing solution, we’ve reduced purposeful and inadvertent piracy potential, as well has greatly simplified internal license tracking.”

Dr. Kevin W. King, Chief Information Officer, Basis International

BASIS supports Microsoft Windows, Linux, SCO UNIX, multiple variants of Unix, and any platform on which a Java Virtual Machine can run. According to Dr. Kevin W. King, BASIS International’s Chief Information Officer, the company faced an ongoing challenge to keep its licensing strategy secure, given the high number of product ports. “We knew that we needed a more comprehensive and powerful means of controlling the licensing of our products, particularly because our market was expanding internationally,” King says. “With Flexera Software, I knew we were entrusting our software assets to the unequivocal leader in licensing software.”

Spotlight on reducing software piracy

“It was clear that BASIS needed to turn the protection of its software assets over to the experts in licensing technology,” he continues. “In particular, we looked for the node-locking capability that protects BASIS software by locking it to a unique piece of hardware and not allowing random and indiscriminate copying.”

Specifically, BASIS wanted to reduce purposeful and inadvertent piracy potential, and in so doing, recapture revenue that were being lost. The company looked to Flexera Software to simplify internal license tracking and additionally sought to gain a solution that would free the BASIS team to focus on its core competency: software product development.

Flexera Software FlexNet Publisher makes everything easier

Today, BASIS relies on Flexera Software’s FlexNet Publisher to protect all of its software development products. Flexera Software enabled BASIS to automate the entire licensing process, simplifying internal procedures and making it easier for customers to comply with licensing requirements. FlexNet Publisher also reduced the incidence of casual copying and allows BASIS to get precise count of many core licenses it sells in a given time period.

Required registration of software before its initial use, combined with Flexera Software’s market-proven FlexNet technology, helps software vendors reduce unlicensed or illegal use of their products while maximizing revenue capture. With FlexNet Publisher, BASIS can separate usage rights and licensing policies from the application binary, affording the flexibility to easily change and electronically enforce licensing terms without incurring development costs. The same binary file can serve as a demo, evaluation, limited, standard, or premium software version. Equally important, FlexNet Publisher automates typical license management activities, reducing support and operational costs throughout the entire license lifecycle.

“When BASIS introduced the new licensing model into its existing product offerings, it was essential to make the licensing process as straightforward and seamless as possible for our customers,” King explains.

New options from a better solution

Accordingly, BASIS has minimized the amount customer effort necessary to achieve automatic compliance, leveraging the Flexera Software FlexNet solution to automate and streamline the steps required for Web-based self-service. BASIS also allows self-service registration via email, telephone integrated voice response (IVR), or fax.

Beyond improving its existing procedures, BASIS used Flexera Software’s sophisticated licensing management software to implement a new rental-based licensing model. “With the rental option, customers in good standing automatically and transparently can have their licenses re-registered monthly, quarterly, or annually,” King says. “This enables them to pay on a usage basis and allows us to generate an annuity-based revenue stream. What’s more, in developing parts of the world, a time-limited license gives us the ability to negotiate or discuss licensing options regularly, which, as a software development company, empowers us greatly.”

He sums up, “The Flexera Software license management software supports all of these options, so we haven’t had to change anything as we move forward. This is simply another benefit of having adopted Flexera Software so many years ago.”

About Flexera Software

Flexera Software is the leading provider of strategic solutions for Application Usage Management; solutions delivering continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximized value to application producers and their customers. Flexera Software is trusted by more than 80,000 customers that depend on our comprehensive solutions — from installation and licensing, entitlement and compliance management to application readiness and software license optimization — to strategically manage application usage and achieve breakthrough results realized only through the systems-level approach we provide. For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com.