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94 Posts for Entitlement Management

Mar 20
2013 

The Embedded Software Market Sails to New Shores

The international Embedded World conference, which took place at the end of February 2013 in Germany, provided a strong indication that the traditional embedded market is changing. One theme run like a red thread through the show activities of many exhibitors: software monetization.

What is the reason behind this new focus? Vendors no longer concentrate on hardware development only; instead, the application feature side comes to the fore. With devices becoming more intelligent and connected through the Internet, the software required to enable a single device as well as a combination of devices is becoming quite complex.. For example in the automation space “intelligence” is becoming even more important, as it is “connectivity”. Both requirements are currently driving the demand of embedded software. Considering the fact that there are many more devices out there than people, the market potential is huge.

Mar 13
2013 

The Importance of Integration: Solving the Back Office Puzzle

When I think of the word “integrate” there is a clear visual that comes to mind: two things fitting together and becoming something new. Fun fact about me:  I love puzzles. My family and I spend many a weekend hour huddled around our puzzle table (yes, there is an entire table of the house dedicated to puzzles). We even have an upcoming Ask the Expert session on this topic titled “Integration Done Right – Using the Sentinel API’s,” which made me realize just how similar putting a puzzle together is to integrating your ERP and CRM systems.

Feb 27
2013 

Software Protection: The Rules Have Changed

The software protection business has matured at a slow pace over the past decade. The industry has gotten better at developing improved customer experiences through more sophisticated web portals and web services, but ultimately the model’s foundation relies on license file transfer between the vendor and the end customer.

The improvements in the area of cleaner customer experiences through web services has allowed some vendors to minimize a fair amount of the friction this style of license enforcement has introduced into the traditional delivery and deployment model.

Feb 4
2013 

Software Vendors in an Online World – Get Ahead with Customer Insight

What makes the most successful Internet companies so successful?  They understand that the Internet is much more than a delivery channel – it is a customer feedback channel.  So they get smarter every day, and improve constantly.  Software companies have yet to capture this opportunity – today the Internet is reduced to the conduit for ESD (Electronic Software Distribution), or the live application (Cloud).

Jan 29
2013 

Do your end users struggle with transferring software licenses between computers?

One of the most apparent advantages of hardware keys for software licensing over traditional software-based solutions is the ease of transferring a key, with its contained licenses, from one computer to another.

To prevent the use of illegal software copies, licensing systems typically use a mechanism called a ”fingerprint”, which holds unique hardware identifiers of the end-user’s computer hardware. The fingerprint is used to ensure that licenses bound to one computer cannot enable the software on another, or worse – on multiple computers.

Nov 15
2012 

How to Automate Software License Delivery The Right Way

In software licensing automation, there are generally two phases: the automation of the business processes for the software manufacturer, and the automation of the end user processes of activation and deployment.

Phase 1: Automating the Software License Delivery Process

How we get from receiving the order to delivering the software and access to licenses to the end user is what most people consider as the complete license delivery process.  As a part of this phase, the user typically receives a download link to the software and the access codes needed for activation. 

Sep 19
2012 

Help! Why Getting Help is a Good Strategy for Software Licensing Projects

In large scale software deployments, it is common for organizations to solicit the expertise of a professional services team to ensure a successful rollout. However, this happens less frequently in the case of software licensing projects. This is due in large part to the fact that expertise in all aspects of software licensing is not easily found. Unlike ERP deployments, when it comes to software licensing, requirements can vary dramatically from organization to organization.

Sep 12
2012 

Come Together: How Organizations Can Achieve Software Licensing Harmony

When you decide to manage your organization’s software licensing and entitlements with the aid of technology, you quickly realize just how many non-technology factors need to be considered. You really don’t necessarily require technology to manage licensing or entitlements. In fact, several organizations manage these via audits and manual updates to internal systems.  Manually tracking entitlements and licensing is an approach with its own set of shortcomings, the most notable being the inability to exact any measure of control or perform any kind of true audit. Organizations generally tend to favor software overuse, except when it comes to specialized software where enforcement and restrictions are commonplace and expected.