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    • D ATA S H E E T FlexNet Manager Platform Desktop-to-Datacenter Hardware and Software Asset Management Solution Benefits to Software License Optimization = Software licenses for pervasive desktop and server software. Your Organization: Savings & Compliance Organizations are also able to maintain software • Know What You Software is one of the major items on IT expense license compliance and automate critical processes Have—discovery, budgets. Industry analysts estimate that software to improve IT operational efficiency. The Flexera inventory, application license and maintenance fees represent 20 to 35% of Software solution allows organizations to realize recognition across multiple platforms total enterprise IT spend. Not only are desktop and ongoing cost savings of up to 30% per year on their server applications from major vendors—Microsoft®, software spend. • Maintain continuous software license IBM®, Oracle®, SAP®, Symantec™ and Adobe®— compliance to strategic to businesses, they also represent the FlexNet Manager Platform—Foundation of minimize audit risk vast majority of an enterprise’s software spend. For FlexNet Manager Suite • Reconcile license technology companies, engineering applications from Components of the FlexNet Manager Suite for purchases with vendors such as Autodesk, Cadence Design Systems Enterprises are built on FlexNet Manager Platform software installations and The Mathworks, to name only a few, are critical which provides core hardware and software asset and usage to have assets that drive productivity and time to market. management functionality to identify and manage visibility and control hardware assets and applications installed on • Proactively manage The approach for managing this software asset physical and virtual machines. contracts and renewals portfolio is typically immature, local rather than to reduce ongoing software costs global, and frequently involves spreadsheets or FlexNet Manager Platform provides hardware asset other ad-hoc methods. The lack of mature software management (HAM) for desktops, laptops, servers, • Automate license asset management processes exposes enterprises mobile devices and other physical assets. It provides management to reduce manual effort and to software audit liabilities and overspending on software asset management (SAM) for enterprises improve operational licenses and maintenance. What is needed is a across more than 14,000 publishers and 110,000 efficiency Software License Optimization solution that allows applications from desktop to datacenter. Asset organizations to control costs and reduce risks reports provide actionable insight into hardware “Our annual true-up with associated with software assets. FlexNet® Manager assets, software installations, application usage, one of our key software vendors in 2011 was Suite for Enterprises provides a comprehensive license compliance status, upcoming payments, and the proof point for our set of products that enable organizations to purchased versus installed license reconciliation. revamped ITAM program and investment in FlexNet manage software applications and optimize Manager Suite for Enterprises FlexNet Manager Suite. The zero dollar true-up cost, in FlexNet Manager Suite Optimization Solutions– sharp contrast to the millions of dollars paid Level 4 Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, IBM, SAP, each year previously, Optimized Engineering Apps erased all doubts about the program and showed Software License Optimization how powerful it is to have accurate asset Level 3 information at your Continuously FlexNet Manager Platform fingertips.” Compliant Luis Peluffo Johansen HAM, SAM & License Management Global Head of IT • Inventory & App Recognition Purchases & Assets A.P. Møller-Mærsk Level 2 • PO vs Installed License Reconciliation Traditional SAM Managed • Verified Oracle Solution Continuous Compliance for: • 14,000+ Vendors Level 1 • 110,000+ Applications Installed • 340,000+ Software SKUs FlexNet Manager Platform and Maturity Levels
    • allocation of hardware resources to enable accurate license management of processor/core based license models. The Platform also supports inventorying VMware VMotion and Microsoft Hyper-V server clusters and has built-in rules for IBM and Oracle licensing in cluster environments. Additionally, the Platform has an out-of-the-box adapter to Citrix XenApp and EdgeSight to allow the collection of user access rights and virtualized application usage data. This allows management of licenses for software running under this Citrix application virtualization technology. Extensive Integration to Existing IT Systems FlexNet Manager Platform integrates with many other IT systems to leverage your investment and collect the data necessary for software asset management and license optimization. This includes out-of-the-box connectivity toPlatform Discovery & Inventory Microsoft SCCM and Altiris, as well as adapters for otherFlexNet Manager Platform provides both agent-based and third party inventory and configuration management tools.agentless technology to collect physical (Windows, Linux,UNIX, MAC OS platforms), virtual machine (VM), andhardware partition inventory of hardware and software FlexNet Manager Platform provides out-of-the-boxacross the IT estate. Application usage data may also be integration with:collected. The Platform supports the ISO 19770-2 software Altiris 7.1tagging standard; the Windows agent collects software tagson each device, if available. These tags are used to identify Citrix XenApp & EdgeSightsoftware installations. The Platform provides specializeddiscovery and inventory capabilities not found in any other IBM ILMTtool, including: Microsoft SCCM / SCCM 2012Oracle The Platform offers discovery and inventory of Oracledatabases, including the collection of information on options Microsoft Hyper-Vinstalled and in use for a given database instance. Flexera Microsoft App-V (Dec.)Software’s Oracle solution has been verified by OracleLicense Management Services (LMS), which determined Microsoft Active Sync (for mobile device data)that it provides ‘detailed and accurate’ reports on Oracledatabase installations and usage. FlexNet Manager Platform Oraclereports will be accepted by Oracle LMS during a softwareaudit. Customers no longer need to rely solely on Oracle LMS VMwarescripts and tools to provide Oracle with the software licensinginformation required. Other available inventory adapters include Big Fix,Microsoft SQL Server The Platform’s inventory agent brings Blackberry Server, CA Inventory, Casper, Marimba, LANDesk,back details about SQL Server components (e.g. Reporting SoftGrid and uCMDB. For inventory systems without anServices), versions and editions—information not available adapter, the Platform includes the Inventory Adapter Studio, from other tools. a graphical design tool that enables new adapters to be easily created.Virtual Environments The Platform collects inventory forVMware (vSphere/ ESX Server), Microsoft (Hyper-V), and The Platform also provides connectivity to HR, Activehardware partition (AIX LPAR, HP-UX nPar, vPar, and Solaris Directory, procurement, ERP and other systems for user,Zones) environments. It correlates virtual machines (VM) and computer, purchasing, contract and organizational data.partitions to physical hosts and collects information on the Where an adapter to your business system does not
    • already exist, the Business Adapter Studio enables one to •  asy integration with service desk and other tools Ebe easily designed. through web services. This is particularly important to keep the repository up to date during IMAC processesHardware Asset Management •  inancial Management: reconcile with fixed FEach hardware asset can have an extensive set of properties assets, invoice reconciliation, asset allocation and that are tracked in the FlexNet Manager Platform repository charge back…including: identification, purchasing, user allocation, financial, •  xtensive reporting via the Dashboard Etechnical, and contractual information. Individual hardwareassets (cell phones, printers, routers, etc.) are trackeddifferently from computers. An unlimited number of hardwareassets can be managed in FlexNet Manager Platform, which islicensed based on the number of ‘active’ computers.For example, FlexNet Manager Platform allows (but is notlimited to): •  sset Discovery: reconciliation with inventory tool. A Computers missing or changed are flagged… • dentification: serial number, asset tag, part number, I manufacturer, model, parent/child relationship with Mobile Device Hardware Asset Management other assets FlexNet Manager Platform imports mobile device inventory •  urchasing data: purchase order number, purchase order P from Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync 2007 and 2010, and date, price, vendor, acquisition mode (purchased, leased, Microsoft SCCM 2012. This allows organizations to manage loaned, rented, etc.), delivery date… the lifecycle of mobile devices using the same tools and •  inancial Data: warranty, depreciation (current/residual F processes as all other hardware assets. values, depreciation method…), chargeback (monthly charge)… Software Asset Management •  ser/group allocation: location, cost center, business unit, U Similar to hardware assets, each software license record user assigned to the asset… in the asset management repository can store a wealth •  echnical: any relevant technical details to the asset… T of information which can be used for identification, •  ontractual: relationship with contracts, vendors and C reconciliation between purchase orders (license entitlements) payment schedules… and installations, storing financial information, allocating •  sset status: assets can be purchased, installed, in stock, A to specific users and groups, managing relationships with disposed, retired… contracts, and much more. FlexNet Manager Platform •  thers: documents, inventory (electronic, physical), O enables organizations to reconcile software purchases with comments, retirement data: date, resale price, reason installations to understand their license position and help (donated, lost, disposed…), recipient, written off value… maintain continuous license compliance. •  he data managed for each asset type (from cell phone to T printer, computer…) and corresponding screen layout can be customized •  aseline tracking of assets: identify changes for B each asset over time. (IMAC—Install, Move, Add and Changes)
    • Key Software Asset Management Libraries FlexNet Manger Platform uses the concept of a ‘transaction’The FlexNet Manager Platform contains key Flexera when associating a purchase order to a software license. TheSoftware content libraries that streamline the software asset transaction history constitutes the entitlement audit trail formanagement process: licenses. It enables customers to demonstrate how the current entitlement was obtained from previous software acquisitions. •  pplication Recognition Library – For a software license A to be consumed, an installation of an application must be Contract Management found (via the discovery and inventory process) that can FlexNet Manager Platform includes a comprehensive contract be associated with the software license. This is not the management solution. Any contract can be managed, case for some usage-based license models, but is most including software and hardware related and general common. The Application Recognition Library (ARL) is contracts. The capabilities of the Platform include: used to scrub raw inventory data—installer evidence, file evidence, registry data and/or ISO tags, and provides •  usiness reporting dashboard with key indicators such as B a list of installed software per device (desktop, laptop, upcoming contract renewals, expired contracts, upcoming server, hardware partition or virtual machine). The library payments, and much more covers more than 110,000 applications from 14,000+ •  ssociate contracts with purchase orders, hardware A software vendors across multiple platforms including assets, software licenses and more Microsoft Windows, Linux, UNIX (including over 1,000 •  chedule payments both past and projected, actual S IBM titles), and MAC OS. The ARL supports the use of and estimated ISO 19770-2 tags to identify installed software, when •  ttach documents or store links to documents A such tags are available. •  earch through contents of attached documents S •  anagement of projects and tasks, and relationship M •  KU Library – The Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) library S to contracts contains more than 340,000 software product SKUs •  efine custom terms and conditions specific to D and is used to match inventory and usage data with your contracts software purchase orders and contracts. It helps automate •  or software contracts, define product use rights that are F the creation of license records in the asset management applied to all licenses under the contract repository that contain software license entitlements from •  er-contract security for precise control of access and P purchase orders. This is otherwise a manual, error modifications to sensitive contract data prone process that may lack sufficient information to be done accurately.Automated Purchase Order ProcessingPurchase order processing is now fully automated. Purchaseorders (‘POs’) can be used generate new license records orupdate existing licenses, without any operator interaction.The Platform uses the SKU library or relationships betweenexisting licenses and POs in the asset managementrepository. This feature also delivers a management byexception capability, where only “special case” POs requiremanual intervention.This purchase order processing automation can be controlledper vendor and limited to new software license purchases,upgrades, or maintenance renewals. Settings enableupgrades to be attached only to entitlements within the sameenterprise group(s).The PO processing user interface exposes the automationsteps performed by the system and allows visibility intoongoing and past operations. All operations performed onPOs can also be rolled back.
    • Predictive ‘What If’ Analysis Complete Desktop-to-Datacenter Hardware andThe FlexNet Manager Platform provides industry-first ‘What Software Asset Management SolutionIf’ Analysis capabilities that allow organizations to see FlexNet Manager Platform is the foundation for other productsthe impact of hardware and software changes on their in the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises and provideslicense position, before the changes are actually made. This broad hardware and software asset management (HAM /simulation capability supports Oracle Processor, IBM PVU (in SAM) functionality. Gain visibility and control over your ITconjunction with FlexNet Manager for IBM), and Microsoft estate with FlexNet Manager Platform.Server Processor and Microsoft Server Core (in conjunctionwith FlexNet Manager for Microsoft) licenses, as well as the FlexNet Manager Platform provides:general purpose Processor Points and Core Points licenses. •  ardware Asset Management HActions such as modifying hardware properties, moving a •  oftware Asset Management for 14,000 publishers, Svirtual machine across hosts or installation of a new software 110,000 software titles, and 340,000 software title can be simulated, providing an estimated license position product SKUsand cost impact that reflects these changes. This enables •  onnection layer to 3rd party inventory, HR, financial, Corganizations to proactively maintain license compliance, service desk, ERP, and procurement systems includingreducing cost and license liability risk in today’s dynamic graphical design tools for adapter developmentIT environments. •  hysical (Windows, Linux, UNIX, MAC OS) and virtual P machine (VM) discovery and inventoryBusiness Intelligence for Software Asset Management •  pplication usage monitoring AThe Platform incorporates IBM Cognos technology to provide •  urchased versus installed software license position Pnew business intelligence and reporting capabilities, • What If’ Analysis to determine the impact of hardware ‘including multidimensional analysis, making it easy to ‘slice and software changes on your license positionand dice’ complex data, track key indicators over time for •  obust contract management capabilities Rtrend analysis, and create custom reports. These capabilities •  dvanced analysis, reporting, and alerts Aare available via the Business Reporting Dashboard givingenterprises a centralized view to report on and analyzesoftware license optimization data and better forecast future needs.FlexNet Manger Platform provides extensive reportingcapabilities via an executive dashboard that allows users toidentify and evaluate areas of compliance concern and makeinformed decisions that reduce license and maintenance costsfor software from thousands of publishers.
    • Cut Software Costs with Centralized License Management and Usage TrackingAbout Flexera SoftwareFlexera Software is the leading provider of strategic solutionsfor Application Usage Management; solutions deliveringcontinuous compliance, optimized usage and maximizedvalue to application producers and their customers. FlexeraSoftware is trusted by more than 80,000 customers thatdepend on our comprehensive solutions- from installationand licensing, entitlement and compliance management toapplication readiness and software license optimization- to strategically manage application usage and achievebreakthrough results realized only through the systems-levelapproach we provide. For more information, please go to:www.flexerasoftware.com Next Step: Learn more about optimizing your software license management processes – visit www.flexerasoftware.com/ELO or contact a Flexera Software representative.Flexera Software LLC Schaumburg United Kingdom (Europe, Australia (Asia, For more office locations visit:1000 East Woodfield Road, (Global Headquarters): Middle East Headquarters): Pacific Headquarters): www.flexerasoftware.comSuite 400 +1 800-809-5659 +44 870-871-1111 +61 3-9895-2000Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA +44 870-873-6300Copyright © 2012 Flexera Software LLC. All other brand and product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners. FNM_Platform_DS_July12