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Chicago, IL
Flexera Software - Leaders in Application Usage Management
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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
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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
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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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
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
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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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
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
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
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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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
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
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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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
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 Entitlement and Compliance Management
As technology has become more sophisticated, so have users. Expectations run high for easy-to-use software. And where do they experience their first impression of software? When the installation begins! To exceed expectations, check out these three tips: Tip #1: Build Single Suite Installations Users want to install once. Create installers that bundle multiple products together into one unified installation. Tip #2: Shorten Download Wait Time Time expectations have shortened and users want downloads to start ASAP. Build installations with technology that reduces their wait time. Tip #3: Freshen Up How the Installation Looks Today’s users know what modern looks like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at InstallTalk
I've become a fan recently of TED Talks. This weekend I was watching "Nicholas Negroponte: A 30-year history of the future". It's an interesting watch for anyone that's been in tech for a number of years -- showing glimpses of the early days of GPS, Google Glass and more. But what caught my eye (or more accurately ear) was his statement starting at the 10:20 mark where he says "I look today at some of the work being done around the Internet of Things, and I think it's kind of tragically pathetic." To illustrate his point, he talked about people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Entitlement and Compliance Management
“My software update was terrible.” Hopefully, no one has said this about your software update, but the reality is that many companies have been there. Since just about every software company in the world provides updates, good preparation is essential. Users expect a smooth, trouble-free experience beginning with the installation through usage of the software. Since the installation is where everything begins, do you have a strategy for creating an update-friendly Windows MSI installer? This white paper, Designing an Update Friendly MSI Installation, can help. It discusses how to design your original Windows Installer setup project to prepare it for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at InstallTalk
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By Flexera Software Tensions between application producers and enterprises around virtualization are likely to heat up. As software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers change their software licensing rules to profit from virtualization, many enterprises are not implementing prudent best processes and technology to track and manage their virtualized applications. This will likely increase tensions between buyers and sellers of enterprise software as more organizations are found to be out of software compliance with virtualization licensing rules, resulting in steeper "true-up" penalties. This is the conclusion of a new Flexera Software 2013-14 Key Trends in Software Pricing & Licensing Report, prepared... Continue reading
Enterprises and government organizations want App-V for its time- and cost-saving benefits. However, standardizing on App-V requires time-consuming conversion of both legacy and newly purchased applications. To help customers gain the benefit and avoid the time, more and more software companies are making their applications available as an App-V package and a traditional MSI package. It’s a significant change for the development landscape. So what options exist to help software developers build an App-V package? A white paper, Microsoft App-V: What Software Installation Developers Should Know, answers this question and more, including: • What exactly is Microsoft App-V? • What’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at InstallTalk
By Marty Bakal I recently had the opportunity to attend The Value of the Internet of Things (IoT) conference put on by MassTLC. In one of the sessions, Professor Sanjay Sarma from MIT made the point that one of the reasons for the growth in IoT was that RFID (unique identifier) tags are appearing on everything. The interesting thing about the tags is that they allow sensors to identify and capture elements in their environment much like humans do. The data captured is then stored in the cloud which adds processing power into the equation. It is this combination of... Continue reading
By Tu Le Today everyone understands the benefits of cloud computing—elasticity, availability, economical, flexibility—but one of the not so well known benefits of cloud computing is security and its ability to curb software piracy. Around the world, there are smart people devoted to cracking software. Some do it for the intellectual challenge and others want to earn a living by selling pirated copies of software. Software protection has evolved over the years. Initially, many producers relied on proprietary hardware (dongles) to protect their intellectual property and then later relied on software-enforced licensing with an activation process. A common challenge with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Entitlement and Compliance Management
No one likes missing an opportunity, especially one that helps you keep up with technology. But stuff happens … If you missed the What's New in InstallShield 2014 webinar, all is not lost! You can watch it on-demand, 24x7 to see how the new release simplifies complex installations even further. The new capabilities covered include: 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 center... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at InstallTalk
Sometimes, it's just better in video. Whether you want a first look or a refresh on InstallShield and InstallAnywhere, check out the two new on-demand videos for a practical and detailed demonstration of both products. Each video offers a product overview and then dives into specific areas for cross-platform installers and Windows MSI installers. For InstallShield, topics include the project assistant, Microsoft App-V, the installation designer and more. For InstallAnywhere, segments cover the project wizard, advanced designer, installer UI and other key areas. Using the menu on the front screen, you can view the entire video or select only the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at InstallTalk