Schaumburg, IL - Oct 26, 2011 - Flexera Software, the leading provider of Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today at the SoftSummit Conference in San Jose, results from the 2011 Software Pricing and Licensing Survey, the seventh annual assessment of key issues and trends on the minds of software vendors, intelligent device manufacturers, and enterprise IT executives and managers.
This year's survey of 348 participants, prepared jointly with IDC, found that application producers are evolving their software licensing, monetization and compliance strategies to accommodate new technologies like virtualization and the Cloud. Enterprises are likewise growing more sophisticated in their use of complex IT environments, and understand the importance of optimizing their software licensing in traditional and virtual environments to reduce software spend and remain in license compliance. Finally, the survey shed light on software audit practices of application producers, and the software true-up risk exposure of enterprises. It revealed that of the large software vendors, Microsoft most frequently conducts license reviews, followed by Oracle, SAP and IBM.
"This year's survey further illustrates that new computing and software delivery models like virtualization and public and private clouds have gone mainstream," said Amy Konary, research vice president - software licensing and provisioning at IDC. "Application producers understand the inevitability of virtualization and the Cloud, but are struggling to incorporate more flexible licensing and pricing models - suggesting the need to partner with experts. Likewise, as enterprises virtualize their applications and move to the cloud, they struggle to fully appreciate the resulting migration challenges, license compliance risks and true-up exposure, placing greater emphasis on the need for automated tools that deliver software asset management and license optimization in these environments."
Key Report Findings:
Software Licensing Enforcement
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Flexera is reimagining the way software is bought, sold, managed and secured. We view the software industry as a supply chain, and make the business of buying and selling software and technology asset data more profitable, secure, and effective. Our Monetization and Security solutions help software sellers transform their business models, grow recurring revenues and minimize open source risk. Our Vulnerability and Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions strip waste and unpredictability out of procuring software, helping companies buy only the software and cloud services they need, manage what they have, and reduce compliance and security risk. Powering these solutions and the entire software supply chain, Flexera has built the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of market intelligence on technology assets. In business for 30+ years, our 1200+ employees are passionate about helping our 80,000+ customers generate millions in ROI every year. Visit us at www.flexera.com.