FrontRange Solutions, the developer of Service Management and IT Asset Management software for mid-sized and distributed enterprises today announced the launch of License Manager 3.1.1. It is designed to help users drive down software costs and risks through better visibility and optimised use of available assets.
The headline feature in FrontRange License Manager 3.1.1 is a new data collector designed to import software audit information into License Manager from the Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 solution. This will enable organisations invested in SCCM to record and reconcile their license entitlements against the actual software installed across the network.
FrontRange License Manager enables organisations to dynamically reconcile recorded software licenses against the software on the network. Thanks to License Manager’s online ‘Nexus’ catalog of over 1.25-million software titles, License Manager is able to automatically apply upgrade and downgrade rights, or reflect license restrictions such as territory and/or language. This means that License Manager is automatically able to both put the organisation in the most advantageous licensing position and also make the best use of all available licenses.
By highlighting where an organisation has more licenses than it is currently using, License Manager makes it easier for IT and finance staff to eliminate unnecessary spend and possibly re-negotiate license and support contracts with software vendors.
Matt Fisher, director at FrontRange, comments: “With research* showing that organisations can save up to 25 per cent of their IT budget by investing in better software management, it is no wonder that understanding what applications are on the network and how they are licensed is becoming a top priority for both IT and finance professionals. While SCCM and other solutions can give organisations visibility of what applications are installed on the Windows desktops, there is real opportunity to both create savings and avoid risks by fully understanding the current licensing situation.”