Application Virtualization is Driving Application Strategy

An educational software company “reduced cost of deploying customized applications across the enterprise, by allowing internal staff to perform some tasks rather than outsourcing all workload to expensive external package providers. Repackaging executables as Microsoft Installer projects, creating Transforms and testing compatibility. AdminStudio has a simple and effective interface, yet detailed levels of control possible.”

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An Enterprise AppStore Should Deliver More Than Just Apps

If your enterprise app store is only delivering apps, your missing out on huge opportunities to improve license compliance and reduce costs. Besides speedy delivery of applications to your end user community, an app store should be a control point to ensure software license compliance and to reclaim those expensive licenses after end users no longer need them.

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How Long Does it Take to Prepare for a Microsoft Sftware Audit?

By Randy Littleson “30 minutes” was the answer provided by one FlexNet Manager Suite customer that has been using the product for 18 months. He added “that was the time it would take for the reports to run and print.” How long does it take you to prepare for a Microsoft software audit? If you have a proactive process to automate and manage Software License Optimization, you too can be waiting at the printer.

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Are You Ready for the Internet Explorer 11 Upgrade?

Industry estimates suggest that Internet Explorer version 8 is used on 20% of all desktop computers. If your organization has standardized on IE8, it is time to start planning your upgrade strategy. Microsoft is encouraging customers to run the latest browser available for each operating system and beginning January 12, 2016, Microsoft will only support the following combination of operating systems and browser versions: Windows Platform Internet Explorer Version Windows Vista SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Internet Explorer 9 Windows 7 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer…

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InstallAnywhere 2014 Now Available

Flexera Software launched InstallAnywhere 2014 today. The latest version of the world’s leading multi-platform installation solution, InstallAnywhere 2014 includes new capabilities that simplify the creation and deployment of multi-tier Web/server applications for traditional, virtual and cloud infrastructures. This release covers the English language versions of InstallAnywhere Premier, InstallAnywhere Premier with Cloud Pack and InstallAnywhere Professional. Feature highlights of InstallAnywhere 2014 include: Simplify development and installation of upgrades with a new standard framework that automatically detects and removes prior versions of your application (Premier and Premier with Cloud Pack Editions). Simplify development of installations for multi-tier or Web/server applications by easily…

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Gartner IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit 2014

By John Emmitt In just 3 short weeks– September 8-10, Gartner will be holding its annual IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit in Orlando Fl, with the UK event following shortly after on September 17-18 in London. Flexera Software will be a sponsor and exhibitor at both events. For those of you attending the U.S. event, we will be in the exhibit hall (Booth #101) showcasing our FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises and App Portal products for Software License Optimization. We also have a Solution Provider Session where Walter Darrough, Global Asset Manager at Dell, will discuss their IT…

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Maintaining Application Compatibility in Windows 8

Changes made in Windows 8 can cause applications designed for earlier versions of Windows to break. In the continuing battle to improve security and reliability, Microsoft Developers had to make some hard decisions. The most significant changes to affect application compatibility include User Account Control. User Account Control (UAC) is a security measure introduced in Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. The goal was to improve the security of Windows by limiting application software to standard user privileges unless an administrator authorizes a change in privileges. That way, only applications trusted by the user receive administrative privileges, and malware…

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Gaining Visibility and Control of Your Hardware and Software Assets

By John Emmitt Much of the time, we here at Flexera Software are focused on Software License Optimization–processes and tools to help organizations fully leverage software license entitlements, including vendor specific product use rights, to minimize license consumption and reduce ongoing software costs. License optimization can dramatically reduce costs in many cases; for large enterprises it often amounts to tens of millions of dollars. This is great! But many of the companies that we talk to are not quite ready for license optimization. They are still struggling with collecting accurate inventory data and being able to track and manage their…

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Multi-Platform Installers: Best Practices Make Complex Less Complex

Sometimes, you find that planning a software installation is simple. Put the files to disk in their specified location and the application just works. But how often is that the reality? In today’s world of systems integration, installation stacks, suite installers, and client-server application development, you are far more likely to run into a very complex installation scenario—one requiring multiple steps, multiple products, and intricate configuration steps. The purpose of using a fully featured installer such as InstallAnywhere is to minimize the impact that these sorts of complexities will have on your customers and your end users. It is important…

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IT On the Verge of a Mobile Meltdown: Why Mobile Application Management is Driving Businesses Crazy

ith mobile and BYOD and everything is rapidly changing. It’s as if the iron curtain is being lifted, and Big Brother is falling. The popular revolt is breaking up the enterprises IT’s monopoly on control from the bottom up. Employees want to be unshackled. They want the devices they want. The operating systems they want. The apps they want. And IT must now bend to the will of employees, rather than the other way around. And as a result, many IT teams are “On the Verge of a Mobile Meltdown.”

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Lures and Traps of All-You-Can-Eat Software License Agreements

By Chris Hughes For those of you who have dined at a buffet or all-you-can-eat restaurant, there’s a good chance you’ve fallen into one of the following “traps”: Consumed less food than what would represent a fair price to pay Consumed more food than you need or want, in pursuit of value or just because you can These traps translate surprisingly well to all-you-can-eat software license agreements such as Oracle’s Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) and SAP’s Unlimited During Deployment (UDD) agreement. The first trap illustrates the need for accurate and realistic planning. All-you-can-eat agreements typically assume rapid growth in the…

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