As a vendor of software license management solutions, we prefer to focus on the positives of SAM, helping organizations understand how to make substantial cost savings by optimizing volume licensing agreements, re-harvesting unused applications and more.
But news this week that a UK safety firm has been forced to pay the Business Software Alliance (BSA) nearly £100,000 (US $160,550) for using unlicensed copies of software from Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft and Symantec brings into sharp focus t... [More]
One of the differentiators for License Manager when it comes to managing software license entitlements is the ability to import Microsoft License Statements (MLS) in their raw state. That, in its own right, is a major labor-saver for organizations - eliminating the need to manipulate or transform data before it can be imported into the license management solution.
But in the case of License Dashboard, that feature is something of an iceberg - impressive enough above the waterline, but the... [More]
Software license compliance is very much a two sided equation of usage versus entitlement. The understanding of these two sides has similar levels of complexity and challenges in calculating. Often organizations can be distracted by the perceived capabilities of a license management tool and dramatically underestimate both the level of effort and licensing know-how that is still required to get the most from the chosen solution (let's be clear here, NO license management tool offers 100% a... [More]
With network inventory (sometimes referred to as 'discovery') tools having now been available for over a decade, it's sometimes tempting to think that the vast majority of organizations have a good idea of what IT assets - hardware and software - are deployed across the network and therefore have a handle on their software license management.
But if the Business Software Alliance (BSA) is to be believed, this is far from the truth. The software licensing watchdog has published research wh... [More]