Best Practices for Governance and Software License Compliance using an Enterprise App Store

If implemented following best practices, enterprise app stores can reduce software license compliance risks and fees, while increasing the ROI of the entire application portfolio. Reducing software spending and maintaining proper governance and compliance of software licenses is an imperative for organizations of any size. Easier access to business apps through an enterprise app store delivers clear benefits for employees. That alone is a compelling reason for embracing this technology. However, the self-service model also offers major benefits for the enterprise. Defining and implementing a strategy for an enterprise app store following a few best practices will make a huge…

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Workflow Manager 2014 – IT Process Management for Mobile Application Management

IT teams of every size use Flexera Software Workflow Manager to coordinate IT process management—from application packaging and deployment, though software licensing and optimization after deployment to reduce costs and maximize productivity. Workflow Manager 2014 now coordinates and streamlines mobile application management through the Application Readiness process.

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What is Software License Optimization?

By Steve Schmidt Software License Optimization (SLO) is a term used to describe a range of capabilities that complement traditional IT Asset Management and that provide organizations with the ability to maximize use of their procured software licenses while minimizing spend associated with those licenses. Those organizations remain in compliance with their software license agreements, while avoiding over buying of software. Some important characteristics of Software License Optimization are that it is: Relatively New – Software License Optimization is a term that has been introduced and used by the IT analyst community only in the last 3-4 years. It is…

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Application Compatibility of Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11 and beyond

In a recent blog post “Enterprise Conversations on Internet Explorer Support Changes”, the App Compat Guy discusses the recent change in support for Microsoft Internet Explorer and the challenges corporate customers are facing. “I speak to customers all the time, and with every single customer I’ve spoken with, I find some vendors who only support IE8, some that may support IE8 and IE9 (my favorite was the one who was promising that they would get IE9 support in about a year!), some that support only n or n-1 so IE11 and IE10, and all kinds of other permutations. Windows 7,…

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Webinar: Reduce Your Costs for Expensive Engineering Software

By Pete Johnson Engineering software can be some of the most expensive that you own. Yet it is critical to delivering new products on time and on budget in today’s highly competitive environment. That’s why it’s important to optimize your concurrent licenses (aka network or floating licenses) for engineering software so that you have the optimal quantity and mix of applications—enough to get the job done on time and on budget, but not more than you need, which would be a waste of money. Organizations that don’t track and manage concurrent license usage run into one or both of two…

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Top 10 Questions & Answers from InstallAnywhere 2014 What’s New Webinar

Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for our recent What’s New in InstallAnywhere 2014 webinar. Lots of great questions. Here are your top 10 questions and answers. And if you missed the webinar, you can view it any time, on-demand. Is this possible to manage silent installs with InstallAnywhere? Yes. Silent installation is supported on both Premier and Premier with Cloud Pack editions of InstallAnywhere. Does InstallAnywhere 2014 support minor upgrades or patches? Yes. InstallAnywhere 2014 supports only major upgrades are this time; the support for minor upgrades is on the radar for future releases….

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Understanding Classic vs. Cognos Reporting for Managing Concurrent Licenses

By Pete Johnson FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications (“FlexNet Manager”) is a software asset management tool used to manage concurrently licensed (sometimes called network or floating licenses) engineering and technical applications. In FlexNet Manager, there are a variety of reporting options. However, these reports all fall into one of 2 categories: Classic Reports. These are the original reports that came with FlexNet Manager, and are built completely by the tool itself Cognos Reports (Report Designer). These are additional reports that were added to offer advanced reporting, trend analysis and advanced graphics capabilities utilizing the IBM Cognos business intelligence (BI) tool…

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Maximize Your Investment in AdminStudio

Enterprises have approached the application packaging and deployment of software on a project-by-project basis. Today enterprises face more complex application challenges including multiple application formats, BYOD initiatives, mobile application management, application virtualization, and ongoing operating system upgrades. How can enterprise architects, application managers and IT professionals stay ahead of the curve and keep up with increasing demand and end users expectations? Learn how the market leading solution, AdminStudio, can be leveraged for more than just packaging. AdminStudio 2014, is designed to transform your organization to be “change ready” to adopt new technologies quickly and keep applications ready for deployment to…

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Top Software Asset Management Business Challenges and How to Meet Them

By John Emmitt Flexera Software recently conducted a survey, with TechValidate, of our FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises customers. One of the questions we asked was: What business challenges was your company experiencing with respect to software asset management? (I should point out that these were their challenges BEFORE they implemented our Software License Optimization solution!) The responses are shown in the chart below: We see that at the top of the list was “A highly manual, time consuming process using spreadsheets that lacked accuracy, resulting in poor visibility and control.” We find this to be the case across a…

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