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Don't Pay for Software Licensing More Than You Have to - Thanks to Flexera

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Don't Pay for Software Licensing More Than You Have to - Thanks to Flexera

October 10, 2016

  By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

What’s the best way to ensure a sustainable software licensing plan in an age where users are accustomed to leveraging solutions in the cloud? Put together a software asset management (SAM) solution that is not only easy to use, but also aligns with efficient pricing models and compliance risk strategies.

Software licensing solutions provider, Flexera Software recently did just that with its App Portal 2016, the latest release of its enterprise app store. The goal of the portal is to reduce the cost of software and license compliance risk, while also providing employees with a better self-service experience over all.

According to a recent Flexera Software blog, the portal also offers access to enhanced governance designed to automatically check license requirements and availability in an effort to optimize license consumption, reduce the cost of software and to contain audit risk through the enforcement of continual compliance with corporate policies and licenses. The solution also helps to control the distribution of approved and authorized software.

"Flexera Software's App Portal 2016 Enterprise Edition is the only enterprise app store that supports IT Operations by providing governance essential to ensure centralized control in an employee self-service environment," said Maureen Polte, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software in the company blog. "Our one-stop shop extends Software Asset Management strategically across the entire software lifecycle."

One considerable value proposition Flexera has to offer with this latest portal is the opportunity to save organizations substantial amounts in IT spending. One of the key challenges for organizations throughout the world is that they aren’t fully aware of the software licenses they already own and the specific terms of the contracts under which they are operating. As a result, they tend to spend money unnecessarily on additional licenses for software they actually already own.

The portal will take a new app require and scan the contract terms and product use rights housed in the FlexNet Manager Suite, Flexera’s SAM, to determine if a new license if needed to fulfill the request. The portal will ensure companies can take full advantage of the software rights they have already paid for before a new license if purchased or and existing license is consumed. Plus, the portal can be accessible wherever employees are working as it provides single sign-on capabilities.

While software companies definitely want to protect their revenue opportunities, they also want to ensure that customers get the full value out of their current software licensing investments. Flexera Software’s latest portal is designed to do just that, optimizing the user experience along the way.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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