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Flexera Software
Chicago, IL
Flexera Software - Leaders in Application Usage Management
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In Part 1 of this video series, Steve Schmidt, VP of Corporate Development with Flexera Software shares his views on the research report -- Gartner Emerging Technology Analysis: Software Licensing and Entitlement Management Is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things, including comments on the definition of the Internet of Things (#IoT), the transition of device and system manufactures to providers of software-centric solutions, the definition of entitlement management, ways to leverage software licensing, and recommendations for the market. Read the report: Gartner Emerging Technology Analysis: Software Licensing and Entitlement Management Is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Software Monetization
Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for our recent What's New in InstallAnywhere 2014 webinar. Lots of good 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.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at InstallTalk
We are excited to be presenting a webinar focused on how to simplify entitlement-driven software and firmware updates. Updating software and firmware is a key element in support Internet of Things (#IoT) connected devices. Delivery of relevant and timely software and firmware updates and patches is an integral part of any world-class entitlement and license management operations for software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers. Knowing which products your customer is authorized to have and then delivering customized, time-limited URLs make those updates work better for you and your end user. When you add in the ability to do in-application messaging... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Software Monetization
By Marty Bakal A recent Forbes article “Don’t underestimate the impact of Internet of Things” did a great job explaining the benefits of IoT. Many people think IoT is also about any consumer device that connects to the internet. Basic consumer devices are simple to understand but IoT is larger and needs to be especially to achieve the growth analysts expect. The critical element is use cases that integrate devices into a complete solution. The thing that gets me excited about IoT is the fact that it crosses all industries and can integrate everything around us together. Sensors that monitor... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Software Monetization
If your software product installs well, what do you hear from your customers? Crickets. But if it goes poorly, your customers will let you know, loud and clear. The same holds true for your uninstaller. So while your initial installation may be smooth and effortless, when it comes to uninstalling your product, if the uninstall is awkward, labor-intensive or unsuccessful, that can leave a bad impression. As a software provider, your reputation is at stake every time someone installs -- and uninstalls -- your product. Make your last impression as good as your first with a proven customized uninstaller. Most... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at InstallTalk
Registration is Now Open: SoftSummit San Jose If you are like most software vendors and device manufacturers, you are challenged with gaining market share, making more money, getting products to market faster, making acquisitions work faster, streamlining inefficient back-office processes and turning technology—Cloud, Virtualization, IoT—into an opportunity rather than a threat. SoftSummit addresses these issues in an interactive format with informative speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities by bringing together industry analysts, thought-leaders, peers and colleagues. You will from speakers from IDC, IBM, Flexera Software and more. Register today! Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Software Monetization
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Time is precious, especially when deadlines are looming. With that in mind, Flexera Software has created a series of mini-demos that offer tutorials and extra insight into the most popular features in InstallShield—easily viewable during a short break. Maybe you just need a jump start on a new feature, or want to make sure you’re following best practices. Whichever the case, InstallShield mini-demo series will give you what you need, often in less than 10 minutes. So it’s sure to fit into your busy schedule. For a quick start or refresher, check out “How to Build a Windows Installer using... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at InstallTalk
There’s nothing like getting a big head start on an installation project and then finding that you’ve missed or omitted something critical, and then have to backtrack to uncover what or where things went awry. Or worse yet, start all over again. To help you detect and resolve potential problems with your installation project—and avoid that sinking feeling when you realize that you will have to rework or start from scratch—you can perform several types of validation before you run the installation on a target system. “Fixing Design-Time Validation Errors” is an informative white paper that examines how InstallShield helps... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at InstallTalk
In this video, Andy Roth, an Information Technology, Software Development and R&D Management Leader, shares his thoughts on the challenges around software licensing. Surprisingly it isn't necessarily the technology; it's more about the people, the internal politics and bringing the right software licensing and entitlement management experts to the table. He shares how Flexera Software experts have seen and helped with the transitions across a number of different companies and industries and how they can share best practices from like industries to ensure a smooth transition. Learn more: Professional Services that Maximize the Value of your Investment Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Software Monetization
By Martin Bakal The 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies was released this month and the Internet of Things (IoT) took over the top spot in terms of the height of expectations. Not surprising many of its enabling technologies like “Wearable User Interfaces” and “Autonomous Vehicles” are in the same area. The issue IoT now faces is how long it will spend in the “Trough of Disillusionment” before coming out the other side and starting to meet expectations. The trough is where many technologies languish for a long time without becoming profitable. This can be for a variety of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Software Monetization
By Martin Bakal Flexera Software is excited to be speaking at and sponsoring the Connected Cloud Summit in the State Room in Boston on Sept 18th. The state room is right in the center of Boston and offers amazing views of downtown. It is the perfect place for a summit whose focus is about the Cloud being a key enabler of the #IoT because you are up high and see how everything is interconnected in a city highly involved in IoT. Vikram Koka, from Flexera Software, will be speaking about “Monetizing Internet Enabled Devices to Capitalize on the Internet of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Software Monetization
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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at InstallTalk
In the recent Gartner report, Emerging Technology Analysis Report: Licensing and Entitlement Management is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things, they state that the Internet of Things (IoT) turns all hardware and appliance OEM vendors into software providers. They go on to say that licensing and entitlement management technology will serve as a key mechanism that enables manufacturers to protect and monetize the intellectual property running on these connected devices. Join IoT panel experts as they discuss their thoughts on the report, share techniques for unlocking the business value of connected devices and strategies for helping software vendors... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Software Monetization
In this video, Richard Northing, Senior Vice President of Products & Services from Flexera Software shares his thoughts on how software licensing and entitlement management solutions help software vendors and device manufacturers address technology—the cloud, virtualization, mobile devices. He goes on to discuss how an entitlement management system helps producers understand who their customers are, what software products they own and how their access rights vary over time. He closes by stating that the combination of the right software monetization and licensing technology that enforces usage rights (term, subscription, pay-for-use, etc.) and a comprehensive entitlement management system that keeps track... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Software Monetization
By Ann Reist Licensing has always been a point of contention between software vendors, device manufacturers and their enterprise customers. The fact is that enterprises hate licensing. From the start producers have required their enterprise customers to standup and maintain the infrastructure to support a license server. The reality is…enterprises want licensing to be transparent. They don’t want to purchase and support the infrastructure to maintain a local license server, let alone the staff to support it. In addition, with the virtualization of data centers the costs to host local license servers becomes significant. Lastly, many device manufacturers want to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Software Monetization
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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at InstallTalk
By Martin Bakal Some of the biggest challenges facing software vendors and device manufacturers today are: Ensuring only entitled customers get electronic updates for the software, firmware and features they own Getting detailed insight and reporting from the application itself Messaging the end user directly while they are using the product The question is why are these important? In terms of software and firmware updates, producers want a way to limit the update to just what the user actually needs and not update every user with all features, otherwise many users will get what they don’t pay for and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Software Monetization
By Randy Littleson One of the challenges associated with talking about software licensing and entitlement management is that, by it's nature, it's on the more technical and operational side of things. Many people struggle to tie this directly to business drivers. Here's a list of the top 7 business drivers (in no particular order) behind software licensing and entitlement management that we see in software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers that are monetizing their software: 1. Reduce Royalty Expense--companies want to pay 3rd party technology providers the lowest royalty possible and critical to this is the ability to only pay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Software Monetization
In this video, Jim Geisman from Software Pricing Partners as well as Michael Costa and Mathieu Baissac from Flexera Software share thoughts on software licensing trends, including the move to subscription licensing (term-based software licensing) and mobile. All agree that there is a definite trend and uptick of companies moving from a traditional perpetual model to a subscription software licensing model to drive recurring revenue, but with that comes change. The sales process becomes continuous and vendors now need to think about relicensing over time. Vendors may also need to capture usage data to offer new variable pricing options for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Software Monetization
As agile development teams seek to deliver the right software to users early and often, installation can no longer take a back seat to features and bug fixes. Installation is becoming more integrated into agile development processes. Agile processes are characterized by multiple iterations and frequent delivery of working software to users, who provide rapid and almost continuous feedback on the scope and direction of the application. And with today’s complex cloud and virtual technology, installation development has to be accessible to the entire team because multiple developers contribute to the effort. The ability to create and manage a flexible... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at InstallTalk
By Randy Littleson Good article over at Harvard Business Review entitled "How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models." The author does a nice job laying out how the fact that you'll be capturing value differently means a necessary change in business models. He states that the Internet of Things requires a mindset shift as companies evolve from a traditioanl product mindset to an Internet of Things mindset. He states that "making money in the connected space is not limited to physical product sales; other revenue streams become possible after the initial product sale, including value-added services, subscriptions, and apps,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Software Monetization
If you're developing installations for complex server applications, this video can help. It walks through the process with InstallShield for packaging and deploying multi-tier applications. It shows a step-by-step demonstration of these key capabilities and more: The template for packaging multi-tier applications How to assign various packages to different tiers Options for server configuration specific to tiers, whether a single server or divided among servers Watch it today to make it easier to deploy your complex applications to a single setup.exe. What tips do you have for complex installations? InstallShield® is the world's leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at InstallTalk
By Randy Littleson I was recently re-reading an older research report from IDC entitled "As Cloud Applications Mature, So Do Monetization Models: An Operational Assessment". The report by Amy Konary does a really nice job of explaining all the implications of monetizing SaaS or cloud applications and is as true today as the day it was written. It also details the policies and technologies that software vendors will need to have in place in order to support effective and flexible monetization models for their services. What particularly caught my attention was Amy's discussion on the phases of SaaS licensing model... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Software Monetization
By Marty Bakal I recently attended a talk about whether agile development was a success or an empty buzzword. In my opinion the outcome boiled down to a quote by one of the panelists Ken Schwaber, co-founder of Scrum, “none of us know the results”. So 13 years after the agile manifesto came out we don’t know the results except that more companies claim to be agile. Everything is anecdotal. As a person who likes things quantified, I ask myself what numbers and data could we collect and how? Agile development is based on development working with customers and getting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Software Monetization