By John Lipsey
Why has enterprise license optimization risen to such strategic importance within the enterprise? Because organizations have finally realized that an ad hoc approach to software asset management is insufficient to ensure that they are buying only what they need, using what they have, and staying in compliance with their software license agreements. Last month, Flexera Software won the SIIA CODiE Award for best asset management solution. David Znidarsic, Flexera Software’s Vice President of Technology, was there to accept the award.
In this video produced by the SIIA, David discusses the organizational pain points that underscore the need for sophisticated software license optimization solutions, including:
- The complexity of software license agreements, license metrics and product use rights
- The multiple users and touch points of that software within the organization making software license compliance more difficult to achieve
- And the growing complexity of the IT environment – from desktop to datacenter – due to new technologies like virtualization and the cloud.
David also discusses why traditional software asset management solutions that provide ‘point-in-time’ software inventory capabilities are insufficient to help organizations minimize software spend and reduce software audit true up costs due to noncompliant use. David explains that without the ability to track application usage and minimize license consumption by applying license entitlements-- product use rights provided by the license agreements, achieving a truly optimized license position is impossible. And this task grows exponentially more complicated in virtualized environments. License optimization is where FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises differentiates from the other solutions on the marketplace, and is the “secret sauce” that led to our winning the CODiE award.