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Avoid Software Licensing That's Set Up For Failure
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Software Compliance
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Software Compliance,
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8/6/2014 | 11:03:57 AM
License Misuse is the Elephant in the Room
Vendors have largely ignored that all to often end users will employ software as part of commercial service.  Nearly all standard licenses prohibit using licenses to do any sort of 3rd party work.  This type of misuse may not be easy to detect but can have large financial reward for the vendor.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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8/4/2014 | 3:53:47 PM
Re: Simpler would be better
Those both sound like worthwhile efforts. All standards move sloooowly, but given the cost to software vendors of both audits and unauthorized use of software, one would think there would be impetus for a universally accpted way to enforce licensing agreements.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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8/3/2014 | 8:24:24 PM
Re: Virtualization is just the beginning
Agreed, the hybrid-Cloud that creates the need for virtual Clouds -- makes pricing complicated. Since, private Clouds enter into the picture due to security requirements, it holds true that firms are willing to pay extra for an increased level of security. It could turn out that firms that transfer software between the private and public Cloud on a regular bases, begin to employ a team of in-house auditors to get the best deal and remain in compliance.
kbannan100
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kbannan100,
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8/2/2014 | 3:38:47 PM
Re: Virtualization is just the beginning
I think it's going to become more difficult as we create service catalogs for IT-as-a-Service offerings and start letting users request and roll out their own software running on the private cloud. Still, the hassle is worth it because it makes for happier users and an IT staff that doesn't have to spend time working on things that don't matter as much. There's a solid blog about the EMC/VMware/IDG study about running IT as a business and creating service catalogs here: http://bit.ly/1oke1W2

--KB http://bit.ly/1iMdSE5    
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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8/2/2014 | 6:13:00 AM
Re: Simpler would be better
That's the situation in my company. There is assest management daemon in the background and verifying the software installed periodically. As the end user, I can only installed licensed software via RAP. I am not able to install other stuff e.g. through copying the installation file. I believe this is the right trend to manage license in the future.
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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8/1/2014 | 2:40:55 PM
Re: Simpler would be better
I wasn't aware of either of those. Sounds like a step in the right direction.
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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8/1/2014 | 1:29:53 PM
Re: Simpler would be better
There are efforts toward change. Some software vendors are behind coming up with a standard -- ISO 19770 -- that would provide one way to use IT asset magement software to discover what software is installed and in use as well as what companies are entitled to use based on their software contracts. That effort is progressing slowly because it's hard to get software vendors to agree on things. It would be ideal, though, because it would let companies use a single tool set to monitor and optimize all thier software spending.

The Campaign For Clear Licensing is a new organization currently set up in the U.K., but its founders say it will open up U.S. and German branches early next year. Maybe they can put pressure on vendors to embrace ISO 19770!?
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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8/1/2014 | 1:23:43 PM
Virtualization is just the beginning
Virtualization is just the beginning of the complexity. Hybrid-cloud deployment, shared services with software-cost-allocation, and growing use of mobile devices and usage-based licensing schemes are making it ever harder to both stay in compliance and to cost-effectively purchase only what's needed. Keep in mind that what's licensed, what's installed and what's actually used are three, distinc things, and they're often wildly out of sync. If you've installed or are using more than you've licenced, you're out of compliance and may face steep fines if uncovered by an audit. If you've licensed software that's not being used (whether it's installed or not), you're paying too much and you could strike a better deal.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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8/1/2014 | 1:12:19 PM
Virtualization
Virtualization and licensing remains a confusing area for some IT pros so I am eager to hear her advice on this topic.
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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8/1/2014 | 11:36:01 AM
Simpler would be better
It would be a lot easier to be in compliance if the licensing terms and costs were actually understandable. Outside of some really simple products, so much of the licensing is incredibly convoluted. How much does it cost to license SQL Server for example?


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