Thousands of enterprises rely on Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to assess, deploy and update their servers, desktops and mobile devices in both physical and virtual environments. Flexera Software's strategy is to integrate with and add value to existing System Center Configuration Manager installations—particularly in the areas of Application Readiness and Software Asset Management.
Application Readiness Process Drives Automation and Reliability
Flexera Software's Application Readiness and software packaging solutions help you reliably and consistently prepare applications for successful enterprise-wide deployments that minimize IT costs and increase application usability. These solutions help make the move to Windows 7, implement application virtualization, migrate applications to the Cloud, and manage the daily operational issues associated with application deployment.
The first step in the Application Readiness process is to identify deployed and used applications throughout the enterprise. The last step in the process is to deploy the packaged applications. While Flexera Software AdminStudio Suite drives this entire process, these two steps frequently are done via direct integration with Microsoft SCCM. AdminStudio offers seamless integration to SCCM for packages ready to be deployed. For Microsoft App-V migrations, AdminStudio extracts applications from SCCM, converts them to the App-V format and then automatically hands them off to SCCM for deployment.
Microsoft and Flexera Software have announced that AdminStudio will automate the process of identifying additional meta data to support SCCM 2012's new user-centric deployment application model.
Software License Optimization Delivers Next Generation Software Asset Management
Flexera Software's Software License Optimization solutions help organizations regain control of their software assets and optimize their software spend. These solutions represent the next generation of software asset management (SAM) required to meet today's business challenges. They provide detailed insights into what has been purchased, what is actually installed in an enterprise, and what you can save by applying the product use rights associated with each application. In conjunction with SCCM's application usage monitoring, this next generation of software asset management can uncover shelfware that is ready to be reclaimed. The result is unprecedented control of your software estate, providing the strategic solution needed to drive upwards of 5-30% savings in software spend.
Flexera Software's next generation software asset management and license optimization solutions use Microsoft SCCM as a foundational component for enterprise device discovery, inventory, application usage data, and configuration management. In building on SCCM's capabilities, Flexera Software solutions provide the reconciliation of information from multiple external data sources—SCCM, HR, Purchasing—and built-in libraries to provide an optimized license position in accordance with vendor product use rights. This report is actionable for vendor negotiations, use in conjunction with application usage data to reclaim software licenses that are not being used or are under used and as a prerequisite check before purchasing new licenses. Enterprises leverage this joint solution to "use what they have and only buy what they need" when it comes to their software estate.