Schaumburg, IL - Jun 30, 2011 - Flexera Software , the leading provider of strategic Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and their customers, today announced the launch of FlexNet Manager for IBM. This new product is a scalable Software License Optimization solution built on the FlexNet Manager Platform, automating IBM license management, and giving enterprises essential control over their software estates in order to slash license, maintenance and audit costs for IBM desktop and server software, and maintain continual software license compliance.
The need for an IBM software license management tool has never been greater, as illustrated in a recent industry research report, which found that IBM, the second largest software provider with annual software revenues in excess of $23 billion and more than eight percent market share, has been one of the most aggressive vendors in initiating software audits. In that report, 41% of enterprises surveyed reported that IBM has audited them in the past year.
"IBM software has a high degree of license complexity, making it difficult to minimize the risk of audit exposure without a strategic software license management solution," said Alan Swahn, vice president of product management at Flexera Software. "FlexNet Manager for IBM is the only solution available that can provide this level of visibility into and control over the IBM software estate."
FlexNet Manager for IBM offers enterprises the following capabilities:
Moreover, the trends toward virtualization and the Cloud drastically complicate the process of optimizing the software license estate, and therefore increase a company's risk exposure further. "As a result of the explosion of software vendor audits over the past two years it is in a licensee's best interest to ensure they have tightly managed license entitlement and compliance management processes and tools in place to minimize financial risk within their organization," said Jo Ann Rosenberger, Research Director at Gartner. FlexNet Manager for IBM likewise can be leveraged to track and manage software whether it's implemented on premises or in the cloud, on physical devices or in virtual environments.
FlexNet Manager for IBM is part of the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, a comprehensive and proven solution enabling organizations to reduce the time and effort spent managing software licenses and compliance, slash on-going license and maintenance costs, minimize the risk and cost of non-compliance, minimize the downtime and delays due to denials of service, and enable more accurate planning and budgeting for future needs.
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