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Introduction

Asset/licensing management is a key enterprise capability in combating the growing risk of license non-compliance. Enterprises are challenged because cloud and virtualization technology options both add significantly to the complexity of licensing compliance and management.

Highlights

  • Using cloud-based and virtualized infrastructure changes the game around licensing management, and complying with licensing complexity is essential to ensure enterprises fully benefit from virtualization.
  • For enterprises using cloud-based IT, key challenges are supply chain assurance, and internal control (due to cloud services enabling more use of shadow IT ).
  • Capabilities are still evolving within the asset management market place. There are diverse approaches to licensing virtualization technology,and vendors are not keeping up fully with market developments.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes why enterprises need robust asset/licensing management capabilities even more due to technology complexity.
  • Assesses how the vendor market is responding to the licensing complexity challenges, and how enterprises are being served by the solutions available.
  • Analyzes the prevalent types of virtualization licensing that enterprise customers need to be aware of.
  • Highlights how shadow IT is growing due to IT being available from the cloud, and the licensing compliance risks this poses.

Key questions answered

  • How should my organization cope with our licensing compliance obligations as we broaden the range of technology types we use?
  • How does the growth of shadow IT affect our licensing compliance?
  • What should we look for in an asset/licensing management solution?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Using cloud-based and virtualized infrastructure changes the game around licensing management

  • Different providers and technology models compete for prevalence in the cloud market place
  • Complying with licensing complexity is key to the success of virtualization
  • Most enterprises’ adoption of newer technologies is only partial

For enterprises using cloud-based IT, key challenges are supply chain assurance and internal control

  • Licensing compliance remains the enterprise’s own responsibility
  • Cloud services are enabling more use of shadow IT

Capabilities are still evolving within the asset management market place

  • Lack of a standard approach to virtualization is a huge challenge for asset management tools
  • Coverage of a broad range of requirements will be the leading factor in enterprise choice of asset management solution

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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