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Flexera

For over 20 years, Flexera Software has been maximizing the value of the software the world produces and uses. As the leading provider of software licensing, entitlement and compliance management, enterprise license optimization, installation software, and software packaging solutions, Flexera Software is trusted by more than 80,000 customers to drive cost and time from the software supply chain from producer to user and back again. One of the top 200 software companies, Flexera Software built its reputation on proven brands, including InstallShield, FlexNet, and AdminStudio, which have transformed the software industry.

Since our solutions are installed in over 20,000 applications used by enterprises large and small, we're uniquely positioned to help them transform the way they consume and manage these software investments. We provide the insight that can save businesses millions in costs and strengthen their relationships with their software vendors.

Our Website: http://www.flexerasoftware.com


Latest Content From Flexera

Whitepaper: Waste Not, Want Not: Software License Tracking and Successful Vendor Relations

by FlexeraJun 16, 2010

Proper tracking and managing of software license usage is the best way to control software costs, achieve more favorable vendor relations, and improve service to end users.

This white paper explains the three steps to achieve these goals, and the tools to make it easy.


Whitepaper: Seven Ways to Gain Control Licensing and Spending

by FlexeraApr 29, 2010

This white paper describes seven methods through which Basis and Procurement management teams can more efficiently manage the lifecycle of their SAP� Business Suite licenses and make more informed software planning and purchasing decisions.

While there are established processes to manage just about every other IT asset, software, which represents 20% of an IT organization�s spending, is often managed in a manual and fragmented way. Knowing what an organization is entitled to use compared with what it is actually using is made complex by a combination of historical procurements, changing organizational structures, complex and vague licensing types, and disconnects between procurement, legal, finance, and IT.

Some companies think they have these problems solved because they have an IT asset management system (ITAM). Although formal ITAM programs may be in place to manage the desktop in a relatively systemic way, datacenter applications, such as SAP and Oracle, cannot be managed with traditional ITAM inventory processes. Left to their own devices organization often times rely on spreadsheets and manual processes.

Often the case, with a limited and unreliable view, teams are forced to make guesses about future license needs and risk spending precious budget dollars and time ineffectively, leaving little to drive new initiatives. To stay competitive in today�s challenging market, companies must adopt new methods for managing high-value, high-liability datacenter applications, including the SAP business platform.


Whitepaper: A Practical Guide to Enterprise License Optimization

by FlexeraApr 29, 2010

Software is of tremendous importance to today�s IT-intensive organizations. In fact, the appetite of organizations for software is growing at a faster pace than software budgets�especially in light of current economic conditions.

It is therefore more critical than ever for software buyers to get maximum value out of every dollar they spend on software. To successfully stretch their budgets, software buyers have to:

• Eliminate spending on unnecessary �shelfware� licenses and maintenance fees
• Mitigate the risk of under-licensing and negative audit outcomes
• Allocate software entitlements where they provide the most value
• Unify purchases and contracts across the enterprise
• Accurately forecast and plan future spending
• Conduct smarter, fact-based negotiations with software vendors

These budget-stretching best practices are known collectively as Enterprise License Optimization (ELO). ELO advances the maturity of existing Software Asset Management operations by bringing more insight and rigorous financial discipline to software acquisition and ownership. By implementing ELO best practices, organizations of all kinds can achieve substantial cost savings while greatly improving their ability to use software to achieve their strategic objectives.


Whitepaper: Inevitable Events: How to Avoid Costly Fire Drills and Substantially Improve Software ROI by Proactively Managing Your Oracle Licenses

by FlexeraApr 29, 2010

Oracle� products, including its popular database technology and E-Business Suite, are widely deployed in many companies.

Because Oracle does not automatically lock out unlicensed use of its products � and because those products have such broad business applicability � Oracle deployments can readily sprawl far beyond their original scope. By the same token, for a variety of reasons, IT organizations also often wind up buying more Oracle licenses than they need.

Either way, these IT organizations inevitably experience multiple events that result in Oracle license management �fire drills.� These inevitable events include software usage audits by Oracle, contract renewal negotiations, license restructurings driven by business change such as M&A or corporate reorganizations, and license restructurings driven by infrastructure change such as server consolidations or platform migrations.

License management fire drills occur because IT organizations lack accurate, up-to-date information about how Oracle products are actually being used, accessed, and permissioned across the enterprise � and how their Oracle deployment compares to their actual contracts.

To avoid these consequences, IT organizations should pro-actively implement proven software license management best practices � including the ongoing, automated monitoring of their Oracle deployments in relation to their current licensing agreements.

These best practices enable IT organizations to handle the inevitable events associated with Oracle software ownership without the disruption and cost associated with rushed manual inventories.


Whitepaper: Software License Management Guide: 5 Step Plan

by FlexeraApr 29, 2010

Managing software effectively means treating it as a high-value business asset. Managing software assets can be difficult to manage for two primary reasons � the increasing complexity of licensing and the lack of adequate software asset management tools.

There are a variety of software acquisition methods and license types which differ from vendor to vendor and even department to department. These include software pre-loaded on computers, software downloaded via the Internet, volume purchases made directly from publishers or through resellers and hosted applications.

Further complicating matters, licensing may also include multi-user software with enterprise, transaction, processor, concurrent user or named user constraints. Given these options and variables, it�s no wonder that 70% of customers surveyed by IDC say the complexity of managing software contracts has increased in the past year.

Until recently, effective software asset management tools that streamline management and prevent misuse have not been available. The resulting lack of visibility into how, when and by whom software is being used causes enterprises to over-license some applications and under-license others.

To help IT managers navigate through the software licensing maze, Flexera Software is offering this guide to the business and IT communities. It includes a five-step implementation plan and management tool selection criteria designed to help managers maximize the value of their software assets.


Whitepaper: Stretching the Software Budget: A Practical Guide to Enterprise License Optimization

by FlexeraApr 28, 2010

Software is of tremendous importance to today�s IT-intensive organizations. In fact, the appetite of organizations for software is growing at a faster pace than software budgets�especially in light of current economic conditions.

It is therefore more critical than ever for software buyers to get maximum value out of every dollar they spend on software. To successfully stretch their budgets, software buyers have to:

• Eliminate spending on unnecessary �shelfware� licenses and maintenance fees
• Mitigate the risk of under-licensing and negative audit outcomes
• Allocate software entitlements where they provide the most value
• Unify purchases and contracts across the enterprise
• Accurately forecast and plan future spending
• Conduct smarter, fact-based negotiations with software vendors

These budget-stretching best practices are known collectively as Enterprise License Optimization (ELO). ELO advances the maturity of existing Software Asset Management operations by bringing more insight and rigorous financial discipline to software acquisition and ownership. By implementing ELO best practices, organizations of all kinds can achieve substantial cost savings while greatly improving their ability to use software to achieve their strategic objectives.