30 06, 2021

Floating Licensing – Why it is still relevant

By |June 30th, 2021|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , |

Floating licensing or concurrent licensing is a software licensing model in which an amount of licenses are shared among a larger number of authorized users or installations. Contrary to the named software licensing model, in which a named user or installation has guaranteed access to the software application, floating relies on a central license server [...]

18 06, 2021

Licensing as a Service – How did we get here?

By |June 18th, 2021|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , |

Just as with almost every software sector, software licensing has fundamentally evolved during the last decades. What used to be a necessary non-functional component that engineering departments had to implement or integrate at some point, is now commonly accepted as an indispensable cross-departmental tool.   TRADITIONAL OR LEGACY LICENSING   Early licensing mechanisms were obviously [...]

29 04, 2021

License Migration is easier than you think

By |April 29th, 2021|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , , |

CHALLENGE   One of the greatest obstacles preventing software vendors from using a professional, modern software licensing solution is license migration, namely the conversion of existing/legacy licenses, typically offline based into online licenses. The introduction overhead of a new system affects not only the software vendor himself, but also (and more importantly) the existing customer [...]

14 04, 2021

On Software License Audits

By |April 14th, 2021|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , |

The licensing policy of the majority of (B2B) software and device vendors falls in one of the following  categories: Technical (proactive) In-house licensing solution External/professional software licensing API License Audits (reactive): no technical licensing, terms regulated on paper Hybrid - combination of technical licensing and audits The challenge for every vendor is to find the [...]

6 09, 2020

The Case of in-house Licensing Solutions

By |September 6th, 2020|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , |

A surprisingly big number of software vendors rely on software audits instead of a real licensing solution in order to prevent over-usage. We call this the reactive approach. The majority does opt for a proactive approach. Nevertheless, instead of integrating a professional solution, it chooses to develop an in-house solution (let's call this solution EasyLic). [...]

7 03, 2020

Our Power Automate (Flow) connector is now certified!

By |March 7th, 2020|Categories: General|Tags: , , |

Our connector is now officially certified and available as a premium Power Automate connector. Microsoft's Power Automate (previously Flow) is a fundamental part for SLASCONE since it enables a very easy and flexible integration with 3rd party systems such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 or Salesforce. Find out more information about our 3rd party connectivity here. [...]

8 01, 2020

On License Compliance

By |January 8th, 2020|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , |

Revenue leakage resulting from non-compliant behavior is a vendor's nightmare. However, in most cases this is not due to evil customers (licensees), but due to process intransparency: The vendor's licensing policy changed, while the customer is not aware/informed. The number of users/devices increased, but the licensing data has not been updated (deliberately or not). The [...]

17 04, 2017

Monetizing your IoT and Intelligent Devices

By |April 17th, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , |

Software licensing solutions are usually associated with desktop or server software applications. Nevertheless, hardware and intelligent device vendors, both in industrial and consumer space, are becoming software vendors too since: Hardware is becoming a commodity Software has traditionally higher profit margins than hardware Accompanying software modules enrich the offered product Device vendors require business model [...]

2 01, 2017

Enpowering your Resellers

By |January 2nd, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

A fundamental objective of most software vendors is to find partners/resellers that will help them scale their business. Resellers can be particularly beneficial, in many case the only way, for expansion and international growth. Nevertheless, establishing successful channels is particularly challenging for software vendors: Enablement/Attractiveness: providing resellers with the necessary support (training, material, marketing) for [...]

5 06, 2016

Feature Lifecycle and Existing Customers

By |June 5th, 2016|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , |

Being responsible for our licensing, every time that a new, to be licensed feature was developed, I had to update the (master) license definition. In parallel, our engineers had to make sure that the software worked seamlessly with our licenses. While neither this process nor the subsequent generation of new licenses was a headache, existing [...]

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