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90 Posts for Licensing in the Cloud

May 8

Chris Fedde: SIIA’s Vision from the Top – Hybrid Cloud Strategies

This week, ISVs from around the world are attending the SIIA’s All About The Cloud event in San Francisco to hear the latest industry trends in the SaaS community.

Chris Fedde, SafeNet’s CEO, talks about how a hybrid cloud strategy is not as uncommon as you’d think, and what the future of the hybrid cloud looks like for IT departments.  Fedde says that the future of the hybrid cloud takes place in the public cloud and provides much more visibility for compliance and reduced management costs.

SafeNet is a platinum sponsor of SIIA’s All About The Cloud event being held this week in San Francisco.  SafeNet’s Shlomo Weiss will be presenting Cloud Monetization: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimizing Your SaaS Business Model on Wednesday at 12:50PM.  AATC attendees can stop by SafeNet’s booth #13 to ask a SaaS expert or to learn more about SaaS licensing with Sentinel CloudRequest a meeting in advance with a SafeNet SaaS expert, and follow us during the event on Twitter @licensinglive #aatc.

For the complete SIIA article, please visit: What is the future for hybrid cloud strategies and the role of the IT department?

What do you think about the future of the hybrid cloud and the direction its heading? Share how your company is functioning in the hybrid cloud.

Apr 26

LicensingLive London 2012: From On-Premise into the Cloud

Why choose either cloud-based OR on-premise delivery for your software, when you can do both?
by Ariella Shoham, EMEA SRM FIeld Marketing Manager

Last month, we got together again for LicensingLive London, our annual “cloud gathering” at the Royal Institute of Great Britain in London. The surroundings – the RIGB Library, surrounded by hundreds (if not thousands) of scientific publications and books was the ideal setting for discussing some of the hottest topics in the world of Software as a Service.

Apr 20

SafeNet Launches SaaS Licensing Channel on TMCNet

Software-as-a-service, or SaaS, has become a critical delivery model for ISV’s who are looking to remain competitive.  To help the software community stay ahead of this trend, SafeNet has launched the SaaS Licensing channel on TMCNet focusing on trends and best practices for licensing in the SaaS industry.

As traditional software developers transition from on-premise to hybrid and cloud-based offerings, it becomes increasingly critical for leadership and information as this can be a complex and difficult process.  “The SaaS licensing channel will help drive awareness for this important topic,” says SafeNet’s Michelle Nerlinger, “and give the industry a much-needed credible source of information as it looks to explore the difficulties associated with cloud service packaging, user authorization, and usage measurement and reporting.

To view SafeNet’s SaaS Licensing channel, visit


Apr 10

Putting Customers First: Why ISVs Need Flexible Pricing Models

I have spent much of my last seven years promoting software licensing and monetization. Of course, market dynamics have changed over those years and our solutions and thinking has evolved accordingly. More recently, with the launch of Sentinel Cloud in 2011, we have been very focused on encouraging our customers to start aggressively adopting usage-based models – primarily because their customers – end users – want such pricing schemes.

So, you can probably imagine my reaction as the following story unfolded….

Mar 23

The Top Five Barriers to Software Monetization Success

We recently ran an article on our software monetization channel that discussed the common barriers that prevent ISVs from building an effective monetization strategy.    Are you looking to improve or even define your software monetization plan? Here are five barriers that you should prepare for:

  1. Control
    Control is twofold. Preventing the unauthorized use and distribution of your application protects revenue by ensuring all use of your application is paid for. Equally important is your ability to protect the source code of your application from being exposed to accidental or malicious parties alike in order to prevent code manipulation and reverse engineering. Keeping the product usable and efficient, while providing maximum protection of your valuable IP, can become a big problem for ISV’s if not considered early in the development and software licensing process.
Mar 21

How to Architect Your SaaS Application

Architecting applications for the cloud has changed traditional software development considerations.  Many software companies simply are not sure how to do it.  At SafeNet, we’ve had some experience with architecting and developing our own cloud application, SentinelCloud, a service offering which supports software licensing for cloud and SaaS applications.

Michael “MiZu” Zunke, the CTO of our SRM division, provided some insight into our process and experience building our cloud application after finding this post about designing and architecting cloud apps, and explains what we learned by it.  His comments highlight the journey we took over 2 ½ years in developing SentinelCloud explains some of the key challenges we faced and how we overcame them.

Feel free to share your lessons learned with our LicensingLive community.  What were your top challenges in architecting your cloud solution?

Mar 5

Change is Hard, Even for Software Companies

Frequently I hear software companies talk about how they really want to be enable an “as a Service” offering, but they don’t believe they can change the buying culture of their customers to accept such an offering.  Certainly, in some cases, this is true.  But before just accepting that axiom, most companies would be well served to ask a few questions about the context.  Below is a list of a few of those questions, and why they are relevant in this scenario:

Feb 23

Virtualization: Why Licensing Matters

I recently found a blog post on software licensing and virtual environments that reinforce our position on software licensing and virtualization.  It reflects on the challenges in software licensing in virtual environments, and how IT and innovation are being hampered by monolithic licensing practice in this space.

Here’s my reply to the original post:

“We sure are glad to know this problem is getting more understanding in the IT community!  For exactly the reasons you describe in your article we have adjusted our solutions and strategy to match, and we are the first and only technology solution in this space.”

Feb 8

The Future for Hybrid Cloud Strategies and the Role of the IT Department

Virtually every company is operating a hybrid cloud strategy today.  In fact, they have been for some time so it’s not really anything new.  At SafeNet, a hybrid cloud means that you have some technology and infrastructure that you operate and manage in house, and some that you rely on 3rd parties to operate and manage for you.  Payroll functions have, for many companies, been handled and processed by 3rd parties but other HR functions have been kept in internal IT systems.