Although there are a number of suppliers who claim their software can verify license
compliance there are very few who support the breadth and complexity of the real
world licensing landscape. This means most cannot actually determine true compliance
and can even give results which are simply just wrong.
Being able to identify an application is not enough. One must be able to identify
a licensable product which may contain many applications and then be able to understand
the license status from the license purchase history, the rights these licenses currently
confer and the way these rights are calculated to be consumed, to determine true
license compliance status.
Given there are half a dozen or so base license types and over 75 different ways
vendors determine license consumption, many different ways software can be delivered,
thousands upon thousands of software developers, many different types of license
agreement which regularly change, and complex licensing rules and that often rights
are determined by nothing more than a product SKU, automating license reconciliation
is very challenging indeed that requires considerable investment and commitment.
The Matrix42 license intelligence service currently holds over 1,000,000 application
fingerprints, 330,000 product SKU’s and associated license rights, 25,000 product
suites and products from over 6,500 different developers. This is a number that is
growing daily and is driven directly by information from customers
Matrix42 compliance solution integrates not only with its own software tools but
also with leading solution like SCCM and Altiris.
Maintaining Software License compliance is a legal necessity but is hugely complex
and challenging in practice. With over 60% of organisations likely to face an audit
every year implementing a solution that really does make license compliance simple
can make a big difference while enabling you to optimise software license costs.
Most organisations appreciate the need to maintain software license compliance -
that is ensuring one has licenses for the software one uses and that one keeps to
the terms of these licenses. However the complexities of license management are such
that most struggle to understand their licensing position let alone maintain a system
that enables them to report on their compliance status at a ‘push of the button’.
And yet organisations are increasingly being audited by software vendors so that
now over 60% can expect to be audited by some vendor or another each year.
Matrix42 is one of only a few who provides a truly comprehensive license compliance
solution that not only identifies software products and their use but matches this
against a database that understands specific license agreements in use and the rights
these confer, to determine a true compliance position.
The License Intelligence Service gathers and collates data from a variety of sources,
including customer systems to help ensure compliance calculations are accurate and
up to date, and require minimal user input.
The solution also supports software delivered through Terminal Services/Citrix environments
and can help optimise license costs by identifying underused and over-licensed software
and unnecessary maintenance contracts. This can be even more effective when used
alongside a licensing expert.
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An estimated 1/3rd of all software in use in Europe is being used illegally.
99% of installed applications account for less than 5% of software use.
23% of purchased software annually is not installed and used
Over purchasing of software is often upwards of £250 per device
Under purchasing of licensing is often upwards of £250 per device
Two in three organisations are likely to be audited each year.
Research shows that ...
More than just license compliance...
Managing license compliance is just one aspect of software lifecycle management.
Matrix42’s license compliance solution forms part of an IT Management solution suite
for managing software, assets and physical, virtual and mobile platforms.
Its FREE Service Desk and Service Catalogue enables you set up and manage the processes
for managing software requests and support, while it also offers integration with
software packaging, delivery and patching. Combine this with advanced asset and contract
management and one has a complete software lifecycle management toolset.
The challenge and its solution...
How we make it work and ISO 19770
With well over a decade’s experience of helping customers with license audits and
license compliance requirements Matrix42 and Incit Technology have developed a well
defined and very successful process that will help bring your license compliance
under control and minimise the time you need to spend on this. Added to this the
solution will enable you to achieve ISO 19770 - the ISO standard for license compliance
management which will in turn make it less likely you will be audited.