New CEO in 2014, new
direction. It's time for change!
We urge the new Microsoft CEO
in 2014 provide the following two key items across all software
simplified license conditions for all software licenses;
with a clear statement of
obligation, right up-front, that identifies the audit verification
requirement for true-ups and proof of purchase requirements
formal written notification,
prior to installation, of variations to any of the software license
no embedded hyperlinks to web
site pages containing conditions that can change without notification
A validated software inventory that provides;
a complete manifest of all
files on installation as the baseline configuration state
an exception report tool
identifying what has changed since the initial baseline by date of
Why have we chosen the above
2 key items?
cost of managing software licenses is disproportionately high and needs
to be lowered
Ever since the introduction
of PCs in 1991 the cost of managing software license and software
installations has been growing to the stage where it is now a
significant overhead cost burden on small, medium and large business
organizations, and government and non government/not for profit
Over the last 23 years
Microsoft has failed to put in place simple measures to keep the cost of
managing software licenses and installations low for end-user customer
The cost to businesses of
software tools and specialist staff to manage, what is in reality an
unmanageable position, is a significant cost that businesses can no
Software compliance is not their reason for being in
business, they have other goals and objectives!
PCProfile, in conjunction with
our customer’s, do not believe that businesses should have to incur this
cost burden to the extent that they are now, due to the manner in which
software is currently licensed, and installed.
Why are these costs high, and why are they
manner in which software is currently licensed, and installed, makes
little or no attempt at providing information that is both useable and
manageable by end user customers, when it comes to managing what is
installed and the licenses that apply.
As a result, costs are being incurred, we
believe unnecessarily, due to several key issues;
the failure of the software industry to accurately identify what has been
installed from initial installation
the failure of the software industry to clearly detail up-front at the start
of each software license agreement what audit/verification requirements
apply and what conditions will satisfy proof or purchase/installation
the failure of the software industry to provide tools, specific to their own
range of applications, that clearly indicate the changes that have
occurred since installation both to the software installed and the terms
and conditions in software licenses. Only the software vendor that
supplied the application can do that with ease and accuracy.
It's time that Microsoft took
the lead and set the example globally and help organizations lower their
costs of software license compliance.
Microsoft can easily set the
lead and others will follow.
It's really simple,
provide the tools and clean up the licenses, and businesses will clean
up their in-house management as well.
The benefits are enormous,
lowering the cost of managing software licenses within business and
the software vendors being assured of less likelihood of violations of license
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