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Whether you're an enterprise, government body or educational institution, you know how strategic software applications have become. They no longer just help the business, they run the business. Yet, surprisingly, software licenses and application usage are managed tactically at best by most organizations. Lacking a strategic solution for Software Asset Management and Software License Optimization, most organizations are significantly overspending on some licenses and out of compliance on others, putting them at risk of costly software audits.
FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises is a comprehensive, proven, next generation software asset management, license compliance and license optimization solution. The Suite provides entitlement based license management and optimization to enable organizations to reduce ongoing software licensing costs and maintain continuous license compliance.
FlexNet Manager Platform
The foundation of the FlexNet Manager Suite is FlexNet Manager Platform that provides extensive hardware and software asset management (HAM and SAM) capabilities for managing desktop, laptop and server hardware, and software from more than 14,000 vendors. Key Platform functionality includes:
Discovery, Inventory and Application Recognition across multiple platforms (Windows, Linux, UNIX, MAC OS)
Automated Purchased versus Installed License Reconciliation
Oracle database discovery, inventory and license management
'What If' Analysis to measure the impact of changes in the IT environment on licensing
FlexNet Manager Platform provides the breadth and depth of asset management capabilities that allow your organization to achieve 'quick wins' and build the credibility of your software asset management program. The Platform enables organizations to:
Consolidate applications and vendors to maximize volume discounts
Collect application usage data to expose under-used software and re-allocate those licenses to reduce new purchases at true-ups and renewals
Leverage usage data to reduce maintenance on unused software and/or versions that are no longer covered by vendor support
Reclaim licenses from retired hardware to defer new license purchases
Maintain continuous license compliance to minimize audit cost and risk
Comprehensive Enterprise Solutions
FlexNet Manager Platform integrates with Flexera Software App Portal, our industry-leading enterprise app store solution, and Flexera Software AdminStudio, which provides comprehensive functionality preparing and packaging applications for reliable deployment. With this integration, you can create highly automated, end-to-end processes that help you to keep applications in a state of readiness for deployment into a variety of environments; make applications easily and immediately available to employees; and effectively manage software licenses to ensure continuous license compliance while optimizing software usage and minimizing spend.
FlexNet Manager Platform also integrates with many existing IT systems, including configuration management and inventory tools such as Microsoft SCCM, Altiris, BMC, IBM Tivoli, HP DDMI, etc., to allow importing of inventory and usage data, leveraging your prior investments.
FlexNet Manager Platform is integrated with industry leading IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions from companies such as BMC and ServiceNow. This integration enhances ITSM processes such as Change, Problem, Request and Capacity Management.
FlexNet Manager Suite license optimization solutions—FlexNet Manager for Adobe, FlexNet Manager for IBM, FlexNet Manager for Microsoft, FlexNet Manager for Oracle, FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications, FlexNet Manager for Symantec, and FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications— enable organizations to implement multiple software license management and contract optimization strategies that save time, help ensure continuous license compliance and reduce costs by:
Applying license entitlements—product use rights, to optimize license consumption based on contractual agreements. Use rights include: upgrade, downgrade, right of second use, multiple use, roaming use, virtual use, and license mobility, among others. Product use rights for key vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe, IBM and Symantec are encapsulated in the Product Use Rights Library.
Utilizing license prioritization to drive intelligent allocation and minimize license consumption
Tracking detailed usage of SAP software to automatically determine the optimal Named User License type for each user
Optimizing the license count and application mix for engineering applications that use a concurrent license model
Workflow Manager allows organizations to implement best practice software asset management workflow processes that improve accuracy and accountability. It automates workflow tasks, increasing operational efficiency and improving IT service levels to the organization.
FlexNet Manager Suite is available through three delivery models:
On-Premises—In this model the software is controlled and managed by your organization’s IT department within your own datacenter. A perpetual license purchase of the on-premises software is usually considered a capital expense that can provide a better return on investment over time.
Cloud—With this model, the product is installed in the Flexera Software datacenter and is delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution. The associated subscription licensing model is typically considered an operating expense. With lower upfront costs and accelerated deployment of the application, the SaaS model offers a shorter time to value. Additionally, there are no scalability or architectural issues for you to consider. Cloud delivery also means that your mobile workforce can connect to the application from anywhere, on any device with a web browser. (Note: all products in the Suite are available via Cloud delivery except FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications).
Managed Service— Managed Service Providers (MSP) can provide SAM and Software License Optimization services based on FlexNet Manager Suite via a hosted model (where the software is installed in the partner’s datacenter) or the new on-demand model. In this case you are essentially outsourcing the software asset management and license optimization function. This can be a good option if your organization is resource constrained as you can leverage the license management staff and expertise of the MSP.
Regardless of your organization's level of software asset management and license optimization maturity, FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises provides the solution to get you to the next level and realize the benefits of your SAM program:
FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises Products
FlexNet Manager Platform provides scalable IT asset management, including both hardware and software asset management (HAM & SAM) across more than 16,000 publishers and 140,000 applications, providing insight into installed software and application usage while delivering purchased versus installed license reconciliation and software license compliance.
FlexNet Manager Suite license optimization solutions provide next generation software asset management and automated license optimization for Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Symantec software, allowing organizations to more effectively use the software they already have and purchase only what they need.
FlexNet Manager for Adobe is a scalable Software License Optimization product that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Adobe desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance.
FlexNet Manager for IBM is a scalable Software License Optimization solution that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates and optimizes entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for IBM desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance..
FlexNet Manager for Microsoft is a scalable Software License Optimization product that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates and optimizes entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Microsoft desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle is a scalable Software License Optimization solution that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. FlexNet Manager for Oracle automates and optimizes license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Oracle software, while maintaining license compliance.
FlexNet Manager for SAP® Applications is a scalable Software License Optimization solution that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. It optimizes SAP named user licenses by detecting idle users, identifying duplicate users, and assigning the optimal license type for each user based on an analysis of real usage data.
FlexNet Manager for Symantec is a scalable Software License Optimization product that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This product automates entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Symantec desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance.
FlexWrap inserts software license tracking capabilities into Windows based applications to allow them to be tracked and managed by FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications as if they were concurrently licensed. This enables organizations to more effectively manage license usage for these applications so they are better able to cut software costs, stay in license compliance, and ensure end users have access to the licenses they need to be productive.
Workflow Manager helps enterprises to efficiently administer their asset management processes and improve performance, control and accountability through standardization. It reduces costs and maximizes the productivity of IT teams by centralizing and automating processes and procedures tied to asset and contract lifecycles. It also provides a means for the IT department to interact with end users and increase service levels. Process traceability, prioritization, control, and optimization allow Workflow Manager to improve license compliance across the software estate.