Enterprises today are investing heavily in applications, with software licenses accounting for as much as 35 percent of total IT spend. Getting maximum return on that investment has become a business imperative full of obstacles. Thousands of applications may be spread across multiple business units and geographies. Those applications change constantly as IT rolls out upgrades, patches and new applications. Moreover, licensing terms, conditions and use rights differ from one application type and vendor to another. The various aspects of managing and maintaining those applications and optimizing their usage are typically handled by multiple groups using siloed processes and point solutions, making coordination across the enterprise cumbersome at best.
The continuous stream of evolving and emerging technologies only adds to the problem, placing intense pressure on the IT staff to adopt new application delivery models and implement self-service to give users convenient application access. More recently, users have started demanding that the enterprise adopt the emerging bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model in which employees access enterprise applications using personal devices.
Addressing these challenges effectively will be essential to successfully guiding the enterprise through crucial technology initiatives that include desktop transformation, consumerization of IT, virtualization and cloud computing while ensuring the management of compliance risk and software spend. You can achieve success in these areas by embracing Application Usage Management, an integrated and centralized approach to maximizing software value and optimizing usage across the application lifecycle.
Enterprise Application Usage Management for the Enterprise
Enterprise Application Usage Management solutions maximize software usage and value by facilitating procurement, accelerating the preparation and delivery of applications to on-premise, virtual, mobile and cloud environments, establishing strong controls and continuous compliance with license agreements, optimizing software usage and spend, and maintaining applications through patches, updates and other changes. With comprehensive Application Usage Management, you can:
- Prevent software overspend
- Reduce license liability risk
- Bring consistency and standardization to application deployments and support new application delivery models
- Maximize utilization of on-premise, software-as-a-service (SaaS), virtualized and cloud-based enterprise software
- Minimize the complexity and costs of migrating to new platforms, operating systems and technologies
- Future proof applications so you can quickly adapt to and embrace technology innovations
Business Process Integration Ensures Proactive Management Across the Software Lifecycle
Flexera Software has integrated its market-leading AdminStudio Suite, App Portal and FlexNet Manager Suite to unify the software request, application compatibility and packaging, deployment and license management processes. Collectively, these capabilities enable a holistic and centralized approach to managing applications throughout their entire lifecycles, an approach called Application Usage Management.
With the unified Enterprise Application Usage Management approach, you can implement and automate workflows that encompass the multiple functional areas of Application Readiness, application access and Software License Optimization, regardless of organizational structure or existing processes. Automation frees the IT staff from manual and repetitive tasks, increasing IT staff productivity and eliminating a major source of delay in getting applications to users.
This combination of three best-of-breed products brings new automation and data sharing capabilities to enable a broader Application Usage Management approach. With this approach you can implement and automate workflows and standardize application management processes that transcend the multiple functional areas of Application Readiness, application access and Software License Optimization. This strategic approach helps you gain optimum value from your applications, ensure continual license compliance, drive down software spend through license optimization and reduce operational costs through increased IT staff productivity.