Flexera Software has announced enhancements to FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, its market-leading software license optimisation solution. Flexera is a leading provider of application usage management solutions for application producers and enterprises.
The new release significantly broadens the capabilities of its SaaS-based FlexNet Manager Suite On-Demand, an industry-leading comprehensive cloud-based solution.
Broad SaaS-based software license optimisation
FlexNet Manager Suite On-Demand provides optimisation capabilities for SAP applications, further extending leadership in the cloud for enterprises seeking an alternative to on-premises software license management. With new optimisation capabilities for SAP named user license and package license management, FlexNet Manager Suite On-Demand now provides a full range of capabilities including application discovery and inventory, purchased-versus-installed reconciliation, optimisation, and reporting for the major application providers including Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Symantec.
Shawn Bennett, Director, IT Asset Management & Procurement at Hearst Corporation explains FlexNet Manager Suite is a leader in the Software License Optimisation space, adding that Flexera Software’s offering of a robust, cloud-based version of their solution exemplifies the company’s philosophy of staying ahead of the curve by innovating to simplify deployments and ongoing management. This company views FlexNet Manager Suite On-Demand as a strategic tool in their arsenal to reduce software spend and risk of audit penalties.
New tools for customers facing aggressive SAP audit practices
FlexNet Manager Suite provides new capabilities for SAP customers facing aggressive software license audits to help them ensure continual compliance, including:
Visibility into License Ratios
Some SAP contracts stipulate a minimum ratio of Professional versus Limited Professional named user licenses. FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications now calculates both an optimal license position based on real usage data and also a contractual license position that takes into consideration SAP’s license ratio requirements, enabling SAP customers to optimise their named user licenses while staying in compliance. It also allows them to understand the financial impact of their current contractually required license ratios, giving them a stronger position in future SAP contract negotiations.
Indirect Access License Management
SAP has been cracking down on indirect access usage of SAP systems whereby a user accesses the system through a third party application. In these indirect access cases, the user is still required to have a SAP named user license. Indirect access is notoriously difficult for enterprises to identify, track and account for, making it a huge potential liability for many SAP customers. FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications helps organisations discover instances of indirect access, and optimises the license requirements of non-SAP system users.
Improved Business Reporting
FlexNet Manager Platform’s Cognos business reporting model has been extended to include a range of SAP licensing concepts such as SAP systems, user accounts, roles, users and much more, enabling FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications customers to build business reports that meet the needs of their organisation.
Additional enhancements also include license change review alerts wherein FlexNet Manager Suite provides alerts and recommendations when changes to a software vendor’s licensing rules may have an impact on existing software licenses, helping ensure the organisation’s license position is always optimised; and support for Dassault Systems License Server (DSLS), enabling customers to track license usage and optimise licenses for Dassault applications, such as CATIA and SOLIDWORKS, which use DSLS.