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133 Posts for Software Licensing

Sep 24
2012 

From Generation to Generation, The Dilemma of Build vs. Buy Endures

The build versus buy licensing dilemma is the oldest debate in the industry.  After all, managing the licensing of your software is an important aspect of any commercial application, but it is not the core product you are selling.

The build vs. buy debate centers around the balance between providing the features and functionality your customers want in your software, with your need to protect access to your software through licensing systems.  Developers approach this strategically and smartly, and prefer to not reinvent the wheel, utilizing libraries, previously written code, and third party services to provide the license scaffolding around the software solution.

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 13
2012 

Give Peace a Chance with Abstraction Layers

As an engineering and product management team tasked with designing license enforcement into your products, you have many decisions around how your products will interact with the licensing code.  Here’s a proven technique that will help you control how licensing gets implemented across your product lines while making the product teams’ lives easier at the same time: build an abstraction layer.

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.

Sep 4
2012 

Groß gewinnen im September mit Peace, Love und Licensing

Sind Sie ein ehemaliges „Blumenkind“?  Erinnern Sie sich an die erste bemannte Mondlandung, an die Erstausstrahlung der Quizsendung „Allein gegen Alle“ mit Hans Rosenthal und daran, dass Gustav Heinemann als erster deutscher Bundespräsident die Niederlande besuchte?  Dann werden Sie sich im September bei LicensingLive ganz zu Hause fühlen.

Wir reisen zurück in eine einfachere Zeit, komplett mit Hippies und klassischem Rock, mit unserem neuen Contest „Peace, Love and Licensing“.

Aug 1
2012 

SD Times 100: Software Developers Have Their “Winning Ticket”

SD Times 100 Software Development SuperfectaThis year at SafeNet, we have been truly honored to receive recognition in a very competitive, challenging, and evolving software monetization market. Most recently, SafeNet was named to the 2012 SD Times 100 list (the Software Development Superfecta) for the 5th consecutive year in the category of Quality Assurance (QA) and Security.

Alan Zeichick, co-founder and editorial director of BZ Media’s SD Times, commented on SafeNet’s recognition.  “The software development industry has always been competitive, and this year’s difficult horse-race showed that there’s more than one way to thrive in a challenging economic climate.  When calling the winners of the 2012 SD Times 100, the editors carefully considered each organization’s products and services, industry thought leadership, and reputation with enterprise development managers. Thanks to companies like SafeNet, software developers always know the winning ticket.”    

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Jul 31
2012 

SaaS Licensing: How To Handle Per-User Transfers

This question recently appeared on Quora, and I thought it would benefit our readers to hear the answer.

“What is standard practice for when companies want to “switch seats” in a SaaS licensing context? I run an early-stage SaaS company and we sell on a per-seat basis. Occasionally I’ll get a request to switch a seat from one user to another. Sometimes this is because someone left a company and in other cases it’s because a user isn’t very active and they want to switch to someone who will be more active. What is standard practice here for this? Obviously we’d prefer that a new seat license be purchased rather than transferring a license but we also want to try to be flexible given that we’re a start-up”

This question reaches outside of the SaaS domain and applies to many per-user or named-user license models in the traditional on-premise environments.