For software vendors, “machine replication” can be a problem, one that can make profits virtual too. Here are some ways to tame virtual machines.
Dongles remain extremely popular for license portability in some market segments including applications that are deployed in laboratory, testing, and remote in the field locations.
RLM Roaming is a feature that allows a user of an application which is normally licensed with a floating license to temporarily take one of the available licenses off-site. While that license is off-site, the count of available licenses on the server is reduced by one, so no extra usage of the product is possible.
Are distant and remote always best for a software vendor’s customers? Let’s look at what goes into the decision-making process on how and where to locate license servers, and what that means for a software vendor’s choice of license management technology.
Visual Basic 6 programs may call RLM functions to implement software licensing functionality. There are a few extra steps that must be taken beyond what’s needed in C/C++ programs to make it work however. This is a description of those steps.
Cloud computing can open untapped markets for some software vendors’ products, especially those with a high per-seat cost, by providing convenient access to their software on “big iron” at a much lower price point.
A growing economy presents an opportunity to exploit changes in how you license your software. The best way to stay flexible is to integrate a license manager within your software. Here are some ideas for your marketing/sales teams to create new programs to help you weather the storm.
Heartbeats are messages sent from a licensed application to the license server while the application has one or more licenses checked out from the server. The license server acknowledges the receipt of each heartbeat by sending a message back to the application. In this way, each side can know that the other side is up, running, and healthy, or take appropriate action if the other side is not healthy.
Software licensing is one of those product categories that on the surface appears to be pretty simple and straightforward. For the most part, it is. But as the saying goes, the devil is in the details. While it may appear that you just need to create a library that will verify some data, there’s actually a lot more to it. You have to add calls to that library in your code, create a mechanism for encoding licensing data to be read by that library and some basic client-server communications for counting the usage at the end user’s site.
In this article, we will discuss: Software licensing benefits for vendors, how end-users are pushing the envelope, and how to give end-users more control, transparency and freedom.