The latest release of the universal enterprise app store for desktop, mobile and cloud applications, App Portal 2016, extends Software Asset Management (SAM) capabilities within the app store environment to further reduce software cost and license compliance risk, and improve the self-service experience.
Enhanced governance now automatically checks license requirements and availability to optimize license consumption, reducing software costs and audit risk by enforcing continual compliance with licenses and corporate policies, and by controlling the distribution of approved and authorized software.
"App Portal 2016 Enterprise Edition is the only enterprise app store that supports IT Operations with governance essential to ensure centralized control in an employee self-service environment. Our one-stop shop extends Software Asset Management strategically across the entire software lifecycle."
Maureen Polte, Vice President of Product Management Flexera Software
Substantial IT Savings
Because organizations are not always aware of the software licenses they already own and the specific terms of their contracts, they routinely and unnecessarily spend money on additional licenses for software they already have. To solve this problem, when an employee requests a new app with App Portal 2016, it automatically scans contract terms and product use rights housed in FlexNet Manager Suite, the market-leading Software Asset Management solution, to determine if a new license is actually needed to fulfill that request. App Portal ensures companies take full advantage of the software rights -- such as upgrade, downgrade, exemptions and rights of second use, before consuming a new software license. So, for instance, if an employee requests a new app to be installed on both a laptop and a tablet, App Portal will know if only one license is needed or two.
Access to enterprise app stores is often limited to those connected to the network directly or via VPN, which considerably restricts where employees can get access. By providing support for most Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions available in the industry (including Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, Open Standard Authentication (OAuth) 2.0 and Open ID authentication), organizations can now make App Portal accessible to employees wherever they work -- whether in the office, on the road from their mobile devices or from home -- further reducing barriers to adoption.
Faster Check Out
Frustration mounts when employees face time-consuming, multi-page checkout for applications they are requesting. This problem plagues many enterprise app stores -- leading to employee dissatisfaction and the use of faster but riskier public options, also known as Shadow IT. App Portal 2016 reduces friction in service delivery and improves the user experience. By selecting the Install Now button, users auto-generate a request for a single catalog item, bypassing the checkout experience. Express check-out brings an iTunes-like consumer-store feel to enterprise App Portal, minimizing application delivery time from weeks to hours or even minutes, while minimizing conflicts between IT and employees.