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FrontRange Eases Software License Management With Automatic Validation Of License Entitlements

FrontRange Solutions, the developer of Infrastructure Management and SAM solutions for mid-market and distributed enterprises, has announced a major upgrade to its unique NexusTM hosted software catalogue that will help software managers dramatically increase the speed and accuracy of matching license records against vendor software catalogues.
  • 05 June, 2009 09:54

<p>Traditionally, a major pain point for organisations when managing their software licenses (whether as part of a vendor audit or a more proactive Software Asset Management strategy) has been to accurately reconcile the records held by the company against the different vendors’ software catalogues. This task was made more difficult by many resellers substituting vendor Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) for their own product codes on customer invoices etc.</p>
<p>Originally launched alongside Centennial (now FrontRange) License ManagerTM in 2006, the Nexus aimed to address this acute business pain by automatically validating data entered into License Manager and ‘normalising’ data into a format that was both recognisable and acceptable to software vendors and other industry licensing watchdogs. This dramatically reduces both the administrative overhead and likelihood of errors in creating an accurate licensing position.</p>
<p>Now the Nexus has undergone a major upgrade, introducing no fewer than nine new software vendors’ SKUs onto the system. The catalogue now includes SKUs from Adobe, Autodesk, Borland, CA, FrontRange, Intuit, Jasc Software, Microsoft, Novell, PGP, Oracle, Symantec and VMWare.</p>
<p>Andy Burton, Vice President of the Infrastructure Management Group explained: “The latest upgrade to the Nexus helps organisations realise significantly more value from what is already a unique capability from FrontRange – no other SAM solution works in this way, enabling customers to access an software SKU catalogue in real-time. The benefits of having validated and normalised data cannot be over-emphasised – we frequently see organisations waste huge amounts of time negotiating with vendors because they don’t have a common view of the licenses and assets deployed on the network.”</p>
<p>The Nexus covers software licenses for the more mature SAM markets globally, such as Europe (including UK, Germany, France etc.), USA and Australia. More regions will be added as market demands increase.</p>
<p>The FrontRange Nexus is also scheduled for further upgrades in June 2009, with SKUs from Cisco, Lotus, McAfee, Trend Micro and Veritas (pre-Symantec) also due to be added.</p>
<p>The latest version of FrontRange License Manager (v3.0) is available now, either as a standalone solution or as part of the FrontRange SAM Suite solution, which also includes dynamic network discovery and application deployment modules.</p>
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<p>FrontRange Solutions (Twitter: FrontRangeSols) develops software and services that growing mid-size firms and distributed enterprises rely on every day to build great customer relationships and deliver high-quality customer service. The company applies a unique combination of innovation and automation with a standards-based approach to simplify core business processes, including: IT Service Management, Help Desk, Client Lifecycle Management, Customer Relationship Management and FrontRange Voice. More than 150,000 of the world’s best-known brands use FrontRange offerings to quickly improve their interactions with external and internal clients and achieve better business results. For more information, call +61 2 8080 3300 or visit</p>

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