Software licensing can have a huge influence on how enterprises are run, so it is important to understand the many ways it can affect your organisation. The cloud and internet of things have also transformed the way enterprises use and manage apps. Here are some ways software licensing will continue to affect enterprises in 2015.
1 – Publisher software audits and increasing risk
Software Publishers will continue to accelerate audits on organisations and this will have an impact on an enterprises software costs and associated risks. Such audits can yield fees to vendors going into the millions of pounds.
2 – Licensing will become a powerful tool to prevent hackers
Tamper-resistant software licensing is set to reduce the risk of hacking and protect intellectual property. As well as this code obfuscation and hacker detection will also be implemented to reduce piracy.
3 – Shadow IT
Purchases of software outside of IT’s control can lead to redundant software licenses, driving up costs. Furthermore, those licenses aren’t managed inside an enterprise’s central software management platform and that could lead to problems and licensing complications, resulting in audits and fines.
4 – Enterprises use MDM to control BYOD
Mobile device management tools are helping to track technology access from a variety of devices, building accurate and extensive user access profiles and helping organisations control technology access whilst facilitating flexible device usage within their enterprise. Automated self-audits and audit simulations are helping organisations better understand what software resources they have, provide feedback on overall enterprise governance and avoid licensing discrepancies.
5 – Mobile apps become a less risky proposition
Mobile apps have become firmly implanted in the enterprise and thus the licensing of them has become more common. This means that such apps are less of a risk for the enterprise as greater control over them can now be attained.
6 – App stores – enterprise
Enterprise app stores won’t look like those of Apple and Google but can be a promising addition to many. They will give better insight into employee’s devices and will improve enterprise software license compliance and asset management by automatically populating software inventory databases.
7 – SaaS is changing the way we buy software
This year, there will be more new rentals of software than new purchases of software. While the reasons for rental over purchase vary from company to company, this reduces upfront software licensing costs and can be extremely useful for growing organisations or those that have significant peaks and troughs in demand, allowing you to scale up and slim down to match your organisations requirements.
8 – Enterprises will use predictive technology to analyse impact of license changes on budgets before they happen
Software licensing management has, in the past, tended to be a backwards-looking exercise. Today, processes have been put in place by enterprises to better understand their current state of licensing by looking at what they had and what they have. As such, organisations are now becoming more pre-emptive and analysing the potential impacts of things – such as the cloud – that could change software licensing costs. By using predictive techniques, companies can better administer complex software assets and decrease costs and risks.
9 – Cloud adds complexity
Software licenses, when deployed in the cloud, can be based on a variety of metrics i.e. by user, either names or concurrent, per core, processor or by usage levels. All attempt to maximise revenue for the Software Publisher. Pre-cloud software-licensing contracts are highly unlikely to anticipate the use of those licenses in the cloud. Identifying license rights and usage needs before deployment of parts or all of your technology estate to the cloud is vital and necessary. If you lack the ability to do this in house appoint a credible and experienced SAM Partner like Crayon who will remove most of the complexity for you.
10 – Internet of things could increase software audits on enterprises
As more enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), it is likely that this will lead to ensuring more assets are properly tracked. IoT promises to be a rich vein of supplementary revenue to vendors as they audit to find out if enterprises have appropriate licenses. A big challenge here will be from indirect usage. It is not unusual for Vendors to be entitled to indirect usage payments when their IP is externally accessed. IoT could result in an immense surge in such licensing requirements.