Welcome!

Blog Feed Post

New Flexera Software App Portal Release Empowers Users to Take Responsibility for Software Licence Usage to Reduce Costs & Eliminate Waste

Reducing Consumerisation of IT risks, new enterprise app store provides employee tools for reducing shelfware and ensuring software licence compliance

Maidenhead, UK - January 22, 2014 - Flexera Software, the leading provider of Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced a new release of App Portal, the industry's leading self-service enterprise app store. Among other enhancements, this new version offers 'My Apps,' a first-of-its-kind dashboard giving employees visibility into the software licences on their devices and tools to identify and eliminate shelfware and non-compliant software use.

"Enterprises are committed to strict cost control and waste reduction, as well as giving users greater freedom with the latest Consumerisation of IT technologies, such as enterprise app stores. But with this freedom comes responsibility - employees often don't realise the cost impact of the software they have installed, and whether or not they use those applications," said Maureen Polte, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software. "App Portal enables users to take responsibility and return unused applications. It is the first enterprise app store on the market to give employees the tools and information they need to download and use applications responsibly and cost effectively."

App Portal Reduces Consumerisation of IT Risks
While enterprise app stores provide employees with tremendous freedom in accessing business apps in a familiar, iTunes®-like environment, IT departments fear that loss of accountability and control could result in software licence non-compliance (audit risk) and over-purchasing (shelfware). For instance, applications downloaded by users frequently fall into disuse, such as in instances when a target project is completed, or when the application does not prove as useful as intended.

App Portal already provides robust approval workflow functionality, and industry-leading software licence checking capabilities through integration with FlexNet Manager Suite, Flexera Software's market-leading Software License Optimisation solution. Further reducing Consumerisation of IT risk, App Portal's 'My Apps' feature gives employees greater visibility into their software use and new tools to further eliminate waste.

A new customised dashboard lets employees view software licence cost and usage information for applications installed on their devices, helping them better understand the cost of using or not using software:

  • Consolidated Dashboard: A single comprehensive view of all apps installed on employees' devices, including those obtained outside the app store, allows them to see at a glance their installed apps, along with the cost, usage and compliance status of each. This consolidated view raises employees' awareness of software licensing and compliance issues, facilitating greater partnership in optimising software use and spend.

  • Compliance Alerts & Workflow: App Portal empowers IT to interact with users to promote licence and policy compliance. Alerts notify users of policy infringements such as when an application hasn't been used for a specified period of time, or if there is no record of a licence associated with software found on an employee's device. Employees then respond to the alerts enabling IT to take appropriate action, creating an ongoing dialogue between IT and users around improving Software License Optimisation. Alerts also ensure better corporate control when implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. Users can both easily access the software they need and demonstrate that their applications, even if purchased outside the corporate procurement process, are properly licenced and being used in compliance with licensing terms.

  • Software Policy Score™: To encourage ongoing employee efforts to optimise their software licence usage, a new Software Policy Score indicates how closely applications installed on the user's device comply with corporate policy. Users can keep their scores high by aggressively resolving the policy alerts they receive.

"My Apps demonstrates the powerful possibilities when you integrate an enterprise app store with Software License Optimisation technology capable of governing software licences and product use rights enumerated in the licensing agreement," said Polte. "No other enterprise app store is able to solve the very real problem faced by enterprises adopting consumerised IT environments - the loss of accountability and control over enterprise apps. Now we're able to combine real-time licensing and entitlement data and present it to users to raise awareness of software licensing and encourage them to reduce costs."

The new release of App Portal also provides support for SCCM 2007, SCCM 2012, and Symantec Altiris Client Management Suite, enabling IT to present a single App Portal instance to business users, even when multiple deployment systems are managing client devices across the enterprise. This allows for a seamless App Portal end user experience even as enterprises are supporting multiple deployment systems or migrating from one system to another.

# # #

Resources:
Learn more about:

Follow Flexera Software…

About Flexera Software
Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and the value they derive from their software. Our Application Usage Management solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimised software investments and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. Over 80,000 customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source for the knowledge and expertise we have gained as the marketplace leader in licensing, installation and compliance for over 20 years and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com.

For more information, contact:
Vidushi Patel / Nicola Males
Vanilla PR
[email protected]
T: +44 7958 474 632 / +44 7976 652491

Copyright © 2014 Flexera Software LLC. All other brand and product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: RealWire

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By RealWire News Distribution

RealWire is a global news release distribution service specialising in the online media. The RealWire approach focuses on delivering relevant content to the receivers of our client's news releases. As we know that it is only through delivering relevance, that influence can ever be achieved.

Latest Stories
Digital innovation is the next big wave of business transformation based on digital technologies of which IoT and Big Data are key components, For example: Business boundary innovation is a challenge to excavate third-party business value using IoT and BigData, like Nest Business structure innovation may propose re-building business structure from scratch, as Uber does in the taxicab industry The social model innovation is also a big challenge to the new social architecture with the design fr...
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
What are the new priorities for the connected business? First: businesses need to think differently about the types of connections they will need to make – these span well beyond the traditional app to app into more modern forms of integration including SaaS integrations, mobile integrations, APIs, device integration and Big Data integration. It’s important these are unified together vs. doing them all piecemeal. Second, these types of connections need to be simple to design, adapt and configure...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For more than two decades, Bsquare has helped its customers extract business value from a broad array of physical assets by making them intelligent, connecting them, and using the data they generate to optimize business processes.
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
We’ve been doing it for years, decades for some. How many websites have you created accounts on? Your bank, your credit card companies, social media sites, hotels and travel sites, online shopping sites, and that’s just the start. We do it often without even thinking about it, quickly entering our personal information, our data, in a plethora of systems. Sometimes we’re not even aware of the information we are providing. It could be very personal information (think of the security questions you ...
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lea...
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
Video experiences should be unique and exciting! But that doesn’t mean you need to patch all the pieces yourself. Users demand rich and engaging experiences and new ways to connect with you. But creating robust video applications at scale can be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Zohar Babin, Vice President of Platform, Ecosystem and Community at Kaltura, will discuss how VPaaS enables you to move fast, creating scalable video experiences that reach your...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
Businesses are struggling to manage the information flow and interactions between all of these new devices and things jumping on their network, and the apps and IT systems they control. The data businesses gather is only helpful if they can do something with it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Witeck, Principal Technology Strategist at Citrix, will discuss how different the impact of IoT will be for large businesses, expanding how IoT will allow large organizations to make their legacy ap...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...