2015 Application Usage and Value Survey

Cloud, virtualization, Internet of Things and a host of other technologies and trends impact your business significantly, including how you go to market. A new industry benchmarking survey dives into the impact these technologies and trends have on the high tech industry and provides insight into what your peers and competition are doing to capitalize on them. We would appreciate five minutes of your time to complete our brief survey: For Makers of Software: Take the Survey For Makers of Intelligent Devices: Take the Survey Survey results will be consolidated and reported on anonymously via industry reports, which we expect…

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Application Readiness – Mobile Apps Introduce Risk

Giving users unrestricted access to mobile apps without IT having a thorough understanding of all the behaviors the app performs and all the device features it uses introduces risk. Consequently, it is essential to gain an understanding of app behaviors and the mobile device features each app uses. With this insight, you can determine if the app’s use of certain features results in a behavior that presents a risk. That determination should be based on risk assessment criteria established by the enterprise. These criteria vary from one enterprise to another and from one industry to another. Defense contractors and financial…

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2015 Enterprise Application Usage and Value Survey

By Randy Littleson As your organization tackles the business challenges and takes advantage of the latest trends for buying, managing and using enterprise software, how do you stack up against the competition? Our new industry benchmarking survey could provide you with some answers. Flexera Software is conducting an anonymized survey to understand how enterprises are addressing these trends, and how software vendors are helping you meet these challenges. We would appreciate five minutes of your time to complete our brief survey. Survey results will be consolidated and reported on anonymously via an industry report, which we expect to be out…

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Battling constant change: Microsoft SCCM, App V, and the transormation of end user computing with VDI

Ensuring the availability and compatability of software to enterprise employees is a big job for Application Managers. The enterprise environment is always changing as operations groups upgrade Microsoft SCCM, App V, and transorm end user computing with Virtual Desktop Infrastructer (VDI). See how Flexera Software helped Lucas manage the compatibility and availability of apps at his company despite these challenges. Check out this two-minute video to find out.

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KPMG And Flexera Software Enter Alliance To Help Companies Improve Software License Management

By John Lipsey KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, and Flexera Software, a leading provider of Software License Optimization solutions, announced an alliance on November 10th, 2014, to offer holistic Software Asset Management and License Optimization software and services to enterprise customers. The alliance leverages KPMG and Flexera Software’s strengths in software license management technology, services and processes to help companies improve their operational capability, effectively manage their software license estate, help optimize spend and reduce license compliance risk. “Currently, companies spend as much as 25 percent of their IT budgets on software and find themselves under…

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Enterprise App Store Best Practice #6: Increase Insight through Data and Analytics

Savvy retailers strive to gain insight into their customers’ preferences, in-store behaviors and buying habits. They also keep close watch on the quality of service to their customers — for example, monitoring the time spent in checkout lines. Likewise, you need insight into your users and your performance. It’s important, therefore, that the enterprise app store gather application usage data across the enterprise. This data should include what applications people are requesting and how they’re using them. You can also employ user reviews and ratings to obtain user opinions. When multiple applications are available for the same purpose — for…

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Make Your Installation Experience “Fast and Flawless”

It’s been about six months since the release of InstallShield 2014 (where does the time go?) and the InstallShield engineers are working hard on the next release, which will be here before we know it. Until then, here is brief refresher of the key features in InstallShield 2014, as well as links to other helpful resources. Install Web Applications to Microsoft® Azure™ and Microsoft IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy – With new support for Microsoft Web Deploy, Suite/Advanced UI installations give your customers the flexibility to deploy Web applications to their choice of infrastructure—local machines, remote servers in the data…

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Microsoft Announces Major Licensing Changes for Windows OS: What Does it Mean for License Management?

By Cyndi Tackett Microsoft recently announced the availability of per-user licensing for Windows 8 Enterprise for customers covered by Software Assurance. (See more information here on the Microsoft website). Previously, the Windows Operating Systems were licensed on a per-device license model. Starting on December 1, 2014, Microsoft customers can buy an Enterprise Cloud Suite bundle that includes Office 365 E3 subscriptions, Enterprise Mobility Suite and the new Windows Software Assurance per user license. The announcement comes as a welcome relief to organizations that are rapidly moving to virtual desktop (VDI) and BYOD infrastructures. Instead of tracking devices that multiply daily…

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Windows Server 2003: Are You Ready to Migrate?

Organizations are running out of time to plan and execute a migration. The end of support for Windows Server 2003 in July 2015, means the next six months are critical to getting your datacenter in order and upgrade any remaining servers to Windows Server 2012. In a recent post on Redmond Magazine “Windows Server 2003′s Death Is Fast Approaching”, they listed a very scary statistic for how many days are required to complete a server and application migration. “It suggested 200 days were necessary for just the server piece and 300-plus days for the application piece.” That’s ten months! But…

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How agile development methods provide end users with a superior installation experience

One of the principal tenets of agile development methodologies is the ability to have working software ready for delivery at the end of development iterations. The need to deliver several successive iterations to users raises challenges in installer development which must be addressed in order to provide users with a great initial experience, and, at the same time, be flexible enough to adapt to changing application needs throughout the development lifecycle. In this informative webinar, “Agile and Installation Development: Supporting Agile Projects with Flexible Installation,” Peter Varhol examines: Why agile methodologies require building and delivering software frequently. How to manage…

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Enterprise App Store Best Practice #5: Balance Choice and Convenience with Control

In the consumer world, there is no problem with delivering $.99 apps unconditionally and with a single mouse click. But for enterprise apps, which cost a lot more, IT must control what users see and do in the app store. Bottom line: You have to limit user choice to some degree to ensure control. Here are some limitations to consider: • Present business users with only the apps they are authorized to use based on job role, region and other factors. • Present only those apps that are compatible with the user’s environment, that is, apps that run with the…

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