As the world is forcing everyone to become as efficient as possible, managing licensing is coming more and more under scrutiny. End users and enterprises are becoming more vocal and don’t want to be burdened with it anymore. When asked by IDC what they expect from their software vendors, 64% of enterprises said they would like to see vendors taking on responsibility for ensuring compliance. Accordingly, the number one 2017 prediction in IDCs FutureScape: Worldwide Software Business Models and Monetization last week said: “In 2017, at least five major software providers will announce plans to roll out a new licensing program specifically designed to simplify customer licensing.” There have always been two camps of software producers: Some consider compliance a responsibility of the enterprise or end user. They provide tools to manage licenses but will ultimately audit their customers to find out what their license position is. Others consider compliance their own responsibility and use licensing technology to ensure compliance, either by hard locking or by reporting abuse.