License Management2License management software ensures software usage in an organization is authorized and legal, preventing the company from incurring fees due to illegal usage. The software may automate scanning, alerting, the procurement of new licenses, uninstalling or blocking the use of unlicensed software, and other actions related to ensuring proper licensing.KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA)1https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/EG/mg/NJATDQVR2SC3-180x180.JPEGSymantec Asset Management Suite2https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/f7/cd/N9PDVI2I8QGW-180x180.PNGAxios Assyst3https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/53/tf/ZR7TX1E73G2M-180x180.JPEGIvanti IT Asset Management Suite4https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/ab/K5/2J8L63CCMMTR-180x180.JPEGKACE Asset Management Appliance5https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/EG/mg/NJATDQVR2SC3-180x180.JPEGMicro Focus Asset Manager (formerly HP Asset Manager)6https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/Zi/ju/TCH0JRTW622Q-180x180.JPEGInvGate Assets7https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/E4/DX/NTHEQJJTQTTF.pngCherwell Asset Management8https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/Xs/hH/LPKA06GDTSL1-180x180.PNGSnow License Manager9https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/eF/4X/IBR0RDTRQAWD-180x180.PNGCA IT Asset Manager10https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/XC/qb/OEOG2461M9II-180x180.JPEGFlexera FlexNet Manager11https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/Qe/C7/1LPUUZKERTT1-180x180.PNGIQSonar12https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Si/1t/94UONL4T42GA.jpegEracent IT Management Center (ITMC)13https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/3C/XP/RLEWKEKKO8SV.pngMicro Focus ZENworks Asset Management14https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/Zi/ju/TCH0JRTW622Q-180x180.JPEGProvance IT Asset Management15https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/IR/1a/O090QPDBZPSK.jpegAsset Vision16https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/HQ/fj/P73B90XTETZ6.jpegLicense4J License Manager17https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/0P/qh/MVT8NVCGIHF4-180x180.PNGLicense4J Auto License Generation and Activation Server18https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/ve/OB/8VQ9PQT846CZ-180x180.PNGSoftwareKey Licensing System19https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/f2/eS/U3HDL7T3QDGR-180x180.PNGRevulytics Compliance Intelligence20https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/c4/O9/3MG79E4JI7NZ-180x180.JPEGSoftwareONE SAMSimple21https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/vJ/lt/PXP951W6DW5M-180x180.JPEGCertero for Enterprise SAM22https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/wN/uV/O5489X8B9TJ2-180x180.JPEGBelarc BelManage23https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/RG/fV/W38QZA80U71B-180x180.JPEG1E AppClarity24https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/f3/42/RCKATSN61JTE-180x180.JPEGDeskCenter Management Suite25https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/CX/CB/VXWT8FBHU4ET-180x180.JPEG

License Management Software

License Management Software Overview

What is License Management Software?

License Management Software tracks software installed throughout the enterprise and ensures legal licensure for its usage. The software may automate scanning, alerting, the procurement of new licenses. It may also uninstall or block the use of unlicensed software. This reduces the risk of fees for illegal use.


Additionally, the software may perform license optimization. This is a cost-saving process where software usage is tracked and aligned with the proper licensure spend. Ensuring the company doesn’t buy too many seats leads to savings, and is touted by vendors as the largest potential benefit of license management. The process is alternately referred to as ELP (for “effective license position”). License management and optimization is an essential element of SAM (software asset management).

License Management Software Features & Capabilities

To achieve licensure optimization, license management software offer the following:

  • Automated commercial software recognition

  • License expiry tracking and alerting

  • License compliance gap alerting

  • License reconciliation (reallocation of licenses, acquisition)

  • Unauthorized software alert

  • Bulk notification of unauthorized software, license change

  • Stakeholder notification of pending renewal

  • Identification of license types (e.g. trial, OEM, named user, etc.)

  • Tracking licenses installed

  • Tracking licensure entitlements

  • Comparing installations to entitlements for ELP

Pricing Information

License management software is most often offered as part of a suite. It may be acquired in a software asset management (SAM) suite, an ITSM suite, or an ITAM suite. SAM or ITAM suites tend to carry a higher price tag as they may be oriented to the needs of large enterprises. Pricing varies directly with the number of employees and the complexity of IT infrastructure.

License Management Products

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Axios is a UK-based vendor and offers the assyst ITSM product in both SaaS and on-premise configurations - the SaaS version is called assystSaaS. This product competes with BMC Remedy, IBM SmartCloud, Cherwell Service Management, and FrontRange ITSM (now Heat Service Management).

Snow Software provides a range of tools for software asset management, including self-service technologies for mobile and desktop users as well as intelligent software license allocation in complex datacenter environments and automated approval and procurement processes. The company was founded i...

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The FlexNet Manager Suite from Illinois company Flexera Software is a software asset management solution (SAM), automating license management and optimization for cost reduction or audit protection.

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IQSonar is a software asset management (SAM) solution from iQuate in South Dublin, Ireland, emphasizing discovery of software assets across a database infrastructure.

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Provance IT Asset Management is the flagship ITAM solution from Canadian software company Provance, for deployment within Microsoft System Center to improve that program's ITAM and software asset management (SAM) capabilities.

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Licnense4J is a provider of solutions for Java software product licensing and protection. It provides all required tools for licensing including library/API, license manager gui and license servers.

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SoftwareONE headquartered in Switzerland offers SAMSimple, the company's software asset management service, for managing a suite of applications, across a wide variety of industries, combining expertise and technology to optimize licensing spend.

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Belarc headquartered in Maynard offers BelManage, an IT system management tool emphasizing the discovery phase of software asset management (SAM) and with Belarc Data Analytics is used for license management, configuration management and hardware IT asset management (ITAM) as well.

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1E headquartered in London offers AppClarity, a software asset management (SAM) application featuring license optimization, automated removal of unused software, usage calculation, and analytics.