A flexible software license management system is critical for enabling ISVs to keep pace with end user expectations, not only in the way the software is licensed, but also in the manner by which end users can manage licenses internally once purchased.
Software licensing and monetization continue to be critical factors in a successful deployment for ISVs, particularly as the IoT and embedded systems market evolves and end user licensing preferences change.
The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop, define and promote open, vendor-neutral, global industry standards, supportive of a hardware- based root of trusted computing platforms.
Security and the IoT are terms becoming intrinsically linked in the grand discussion of connected devices and their envisioned applications in virtually every aspect of our ecosystem, whether it be consumer wearables, medical devices, or industrial systems.
Many software developers have turned to the free trial business model to market their enterprise software – simply put, offer free software for a timed period and hope the end user performs a thorough evaluation and sees enough value to warrant a purchase of the software after the trial expires.
Aside from the widespread attention and hype surrounding the prolific growth expectations of the Internet of Things (IoT), industry focus has been on potential (IoT) device vulnerabilities and cybersecurity.
With today’s cloud or virtual solutions, there are many available license management options to evaluate and even more questions to consider – What about security? Service levels? Architecture? Server location? Support? Cost and fees?
Faced with an increasingly complicated network environment, made only more complex by the addition of virtualization, cloud services and bring your own devices (BYOD), many of your customers are also struggling to keep track of their software assets, contracts, and entitlements.
Adobe may have raised some eyebrows last year when they announced they were moving their packaged Creative Suite PC software to the cloud, but most industry analysts predicted this day was coming – it was just a matter of how soon.
When describing software protection dongles in a 2007 article appearing in PC Magazine, John C. Dvorak, a well-respected (but self-described curmudgeon) and award winning columnist said, “The dongle was a mostly failed copy-protection device that came into existence in the 1980s. It was also a point of controversy…”