Selecting a SAM or SLO tool for use by multiple stakeholders

Software asset management(SAM) and software license optimization(SLO) requires input from various business disciplines to be effective. The entire software lifecycle must be represented in the reconciliation process in order to manage software as an asset and optimize licenses in any organization. I agree with Peter Bjorkman’s article recently published by The ITAM review, entitled: Shaking off SAM’s ‘solitary’ stereotype. Even...

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Flexera App Portal: Workflows

This article is part of a continuing series on App Portal. This time we will talk about workflows within App Portal. Workflows control how application requests are routed. Workflows can be set up to automatically approve an application, have an application request be approved by a manager, or have a request go through a purchase process, just to name a few...

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Flexera App Portal – Site Management

Last time, we talked about how to install the Flexera App Portal. This week we are going to talk about how to configure it once it is installed. There are several configuration tasks, which must be completed before we can actually add anything to our catalog. Assigning Permissions The first thing we must do is assign administrative users to our...

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Flexera App Portal: Installation

This is the first part of a series about Flexera Software’s App Portal. App Portal greatly expands Configuration Manager’s application management. It allows you to issue and reclaim licenses of a particular software title. It can also hold data such as purchase order number and cost per license. Flexera says that this product can help save companies millions of dollars...

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Application Deployment: Using AdminStudio Repackager

AdminStudio is a product from Flexera Software that can be a complete, end-to-end application management system. It includes products for application modification and deployment. It comes with Repackager, Tuner, and InstallShield, as well as a host of other products. This article will focus exclusively on Repackager. I will start with all of the information you need to know about Repackager,...

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Flexera Ranks Top 10 License Optimization Blogs for 2012

Generally, license optimization is a focus of mature Software Asset Management (SAM) programs. If you are interested in learning more about this topic have a look at Flexera’s Top 10 rankings post. SQL 210 and Windows 8 blog posts came in first and second, respectively . Typically, the posts at Flexera to provide useful info for SAM analysts while linking...

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Year in Review: Top 10 InstallTalk Posts of 2012

By Rachel Hageli 2012 was a busy but exciting year with two new releases, InstallShield 2012 Spring and InstallAnywhere 2012, along with the addition of the new InstallAnywhere Cloud Pack. Before everyone gets caught up in the hustle and bustle of a new year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect back on 2012. Here’s a look back at the ten most popular posts in 2012. #1: Building 32-bit and 64-bit Installations from the Same InstallShield Project – The year’s most popular blog post walks readers through building two installations (32-bit and 64-bit) from a single project with release…

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Optimizing Concurrent Software Licenses Management

Believe it or not, concurrent licensing is still a popular licensing model in the software industry. Generally, there isn’t much risk for non-compliance due to license management servers. Usually though, organizations overspend to ensure there are no outages when users make requests from the license servers. Optimizing this licensing model is a bit more complex than most SAM tools can handle. Flexera posted...

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Is your boss happy with your software license management approach?

According to a new survey done by Flexera Software and Internatinal Data Corp (IDC), probably not… The survey indicates that only 8% of enterprise executives are very satisfied.  One third of enterprises said they are either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their current method for managing software licenses and usage. Was your boss among them? Maybe it’s time to assess your Software Asset Managemen(SAM)...

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Webcast: Own and operate your own Enterprise App Store

Flexera is hosting a Webinar during the second week of December 2012 (11th and 12th) to introduce some real-world guidance for rolling out an Enterprise App store.  The times are adjusted so that the Webinar can be attended live in the US, UK, and Australia: Tuesday, 11th December – 10:00 am CT (US) Tuesday, 11th December – 11:00 am (UK)...

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Flexera FNMP Server Logging

The logging approach for FlexNet Manager Platform (FNMP) is a bit different than what I’m used to. It’s rather rudimentary. The design seems to assume that the system admin will only want to enable logging to diagnose a problem and then disable logging soon afterwards. The logs take up a lot of space and have no archive or overwrite features...

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Flexera KB Support Links for Known Issues with FNMP and EDS

These are great knowledge base support links for accessing all known issues on FlexNet Manager Platform (FNMP) and Enterprise Deployment Suite (EDS). To get access you must have a paid support contract. Q206213: What are the currently known defects in FNMP? http://kb.flexerasoftware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=Q206213&sliceId=1&docTypeID=DT_FAQ&dialogID=130097435&stateId=0%200%20130093550 Q202178: Known Issues for FlexNet Manager Platform 8.6 http://kb.flexerasoftware.com/selfservice/documentLink.do?popup=true&externalID=Q202178&languageId= Q206214: What are the currently known defects in EDS?...

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