Microsoft moving to per User licensing

By Vincent Brasseur Starting December 1st 2014 the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) will be available as part of the Enterprise Enrollment and licensed per user. This is a major shift in Microsoft licensing policies. User based licenses already exist in a number of Microsoft offerings, such as Client Access Licenses (CALs) and Office 365 subscriptions; however, some of the Microsoft key products, such as Enterprise Enrollment have traditionally been licensed per device. This change is likely driven by these 3 things: Success of the Office 365 user based solution The current trend for users to have multiple devices, fueled…

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2014 Installation Survey Says! Result #1: Most Common Challenges Faced When Building Installations

Our first article on Flexera Software’s 2014 installation survey explores the most common challenges faced when building installations. Conducted in conjunction with TechValidate, a third-party research service, the surveys were sent to users of InstallShield and InstallAnywhere. Check out these results when we asked InstallShield users, “What installation challenges did your company face prior to selecting Flexera Software’s InstallShield?” Are you surprised with the results? Do you agree or disagree? What would you add? Look for more 2014 Installation Survey results in future InstallTalk blog posts. InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed to enable…

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AdminStudio Application Manager: Consistently Reliable Physical, Virtual, and Mobile Application Deployment

Reduce cost and complexity by managing Windows Installer packages (MSI package), web applications, virtual application packages and mobile apps following a standard Application Readiness process. In this featured video, learn how AdminStudio Application Manager can help maintain and deploy consistent and reliable applications to employees on what ever device they choose.

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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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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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