Quest now offers the KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) as an IT Asset tracking and management appliance (also available as a virtual deployment if hardware requirements are met). Beyond discovery, inventory tracking and license management, KACE emphasizes automating software upgrade distributi…
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
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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The Symantec Asset Management Suite aims to help organizations get an accurate picture of their assets, ensure compliance during software audits, avoid vendor penalties and fines and uncover savings by eliminating the purchase of unnecessary licenses. This IT Asset Management solution is designed to…
Asset Manager (formerly HP Asset Manager) is enterprise-class IT asset management (ITAM) solution acquired by Micro Focus from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, supporting change and configuration management and license management.
KACE Asset Management Appliance (formerly Dell's Asset Manager) from Quest Software is an IT asset management (ITAM) and software asset management (SAM) solution.
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).
Ivanti IT Asset Management Suite (based on the former LANDesk IT Asset Management Suite) features the IT Asset offering Ivanti Asset Manager, and the Ivanti License Optimizer and Optimizer for SAP applications, which extend the Ivanti ITAM suite to provide software asset management (SAM).
InvGate Assets is the IT asset management platform from Argentinian company InvGate.
Cherwell Asset Management is a software asset management offering from Cherwell Software in Colorado Springs, based on technology acquired with the company Express Metrix in August, 2014.
CA IT Asset Manager is an enterprise-grade long-established IT asset management (ITAM) solution from CA Technologies.
Snow License Manager is a software asset management solution, with options for cloud or on-premise delivery. Snow License Manager is designed to reduce the risk, cost and complexity associated with software assets and licensing. It provides a consolidated view on all assets across the network, enabl…
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.
IQSonar is a software asset management (SAM) solution from iQuate in South Dublin, Ireland, emphasizing discovery of software assets across a database infrastructure.
Eracent in Ottsville, Pennsylvania offers their IT Management Center (ITMC) suite to provide both ITAM and SAM with license optimization capabilities.
Micro Focus ZENworks Asset Management from Micro Focus is an IT asset management and license management option.
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.
Asset Vision from Scalable Software is an IT asset management offering.
License4J License Manager supports the generation of license text, license key, and floating license text. This solution stores all products, templates, licenses, and settings in a database. The database can be on a local embedded Derby database or on database servers such as: MySQL, PostgreSQL, and…
License4J Auto License Generation and Activation Server is a web application to handle license generation, auto activation/deactivation, online key validation and blacklist check requests.It is a simple web application which includes all licensing jobs starting from license genera…
LiveCompare now from Tricentis (acquired 2019) enables zero production defects by telling users what impact change will have on their SAP system and where to focus testing efforts. From audits to upgrades, LiveCompare provides fact-based analysis for the user’s whole SAP application landscape. Resu…
SoftwareKey Licensing System is a copy protection, license management, and online sales automation platform.
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.
Certero for Enterprise SAM is a software asset management and license optimization solution.
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.
1E headquartered in London offers AppClarity, a software asset management (SAM) application featuring license optimization, automated removal of unused software, usage calculation, and analytics.