FlexNet Publisher is a popular software license manager from Flexera Software that supports a vast collection of software applications using a wide range of licensing models, including floating licenses, node-locked licenses, named-user licenses, subscription-based licenses, pay-per-use licenses, etc. Formerly known as FlexLM, it provides software vendors several key benefits, including support for compliance management for
Ansys, Inc. Helps Customers Manage Software License Costs Based on Actual Usage Through Collaboration with Open iT
The steady migration to cloud computing and virtualization has increased demand for more flexible licensing models such as pay-per-use and subscription. Software vendors of all sizes are working to accommodate how customers receive, use, secure and monitor their software licensing while balancing their own software monetization needs and compliance objectives.
Ansys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS) is the global leader in engineering simulation. Their technology enables organizations in all industries to predict with confidence that their products will thrive in the real world, helping them to solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination. One of the company’s goals is to meet the increasing customer requests for more flexible licensing options to manage peak demands. Ansys developed five strategic business goals to address customer needs including:
- asset optimization to support the evolution of product use at each phase
- portfolio flexibility through the design cycle
- cost allocation to enable charge backs to different business units
- entry access to try new products
- peak capacity to ensure licenses are available when needed
To meet these goals, Ansys needed a secure, comprehensive solution that would enable the company to offer pay-per-use licensing, without having to make changes to applications or the current licensing system. Their approach also needed to consider how customers currently buy and pay for licensing, to maintain security of customer data, and to provide sufficient and accurate information for billing purposes.
Rising Use of Subscription and Pay-per-Use Software Licensing Models
Have a meaningful software usage metrics and tools to evaluate and plan appropriately prior to making new licensing decisions.
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