Top Reasons You Should Be Concerned With Software Piracy
Billions of dollars are lost each year to piracy. It may seem innocent enough to install software on a couple of extra machines, but the results can be costly. Software audits are on the rise and companies around the world are being caught. Here are four reasons:
1. Software piracy can mean big fines. According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), convicted companies can be fined up to $250,000
2. Software piracy can mean jail time. people within a company can could go to jail for up to five years
3. Software piracy raises the risk of malware attacks. Security threats take advantage of weaknesses in software. This is why patches and upgrades are needed. Pirated software usually can’t accept these patches so it leaves you vulnerable to these threats. Plus websites offering pirated software are usually filled with malware and viruses embedded into the downloads. You could get more than you ask for.
4. New Experton-study evidences: Active license management saves up to 30% of your annual license and software costs.
You may think “Software audits? That will never happen to me”. Well it can. No one really expects them. The fact is, if you are using unlicensed software, your business is at risk. Even if you’re well managed, you need to be cautious.
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DeskCenter USA Inc. License Management
Today, License Management is one of the most complex and important tasks of IT administrators. With License Management, which is part of the DeskCenter Management Suite Basic Package, you can reveal hidden costs and reduce risks for the company. An effective License Management can guarantee that you always have the number of licenses you really need by making visible, inaccurate licensing.
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The DeskCenter Management Suite allows control and management of software licenses for operating systems and applications. After each inventory session, the email notification system informs the user about installation/
Cost savings in hardware and energy are often part of the ROI-calculation. However, total cost of Software License ownership is often overlooked. This fact is even more important if it comes to the decision of the commercial viability of a project. Which license strategy will my company face? What license models are appropriate for me? With DeskCenter Management Suite you can produce a baseline necessary for valid decisions.
You often purchase different licenses together with one software product which usage is limited in time. With DeskCenter License Management you can assign as many licenses as you like to one software product. Update permissions and services can be handled apart from each other if you bought them separate. Additionally you can manage all upgrades that you have agreed by contract.
To guarantee most flexibility you can configure license types on your own. These license relevant characteristics (model and variety) and the calculation type are important for the license calculation. The license type is so not only simply information any more, now it is the calculation basis.
License Agreements and Groups
Often, there are different licenses for one application. License agreements can be partly limited in time. The DeskCenter System Manager meets these requirements and you can add as many license contracts for each software product as you like. To each contact you can assign characteristics and user permissions. If a contract is attached to a license, the licenses automatically inherit the characteristics of the contact.
Administrators often don’t have direct influence on license violations that are committed by the employees in the company. This happens if users install software products without notifying the IT staff. With DeskCenter you can effectuate configurable file scans. The administrator can also scan for MP3 or videos that are not allowed or block memory capacity.
Combination with Software Deployment
DeskCenter License Management is a very good basis for your Software Deployment. You can start installations with Software Deployment directly out of the license overview. All installed software products using MSI packages (install, repair, uninstall) are marked separately. A big benefit of MSI packages.
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About DeskCenter® USA, Inc.
The DeskCenter® USA is a global software company. The leading technology platform "DeskCenter ® Management Suite has all requirements for complete IT service management. This includes IT Asset Management, License Management, Software Deployment and OS Deployment as well as reporting, a User Help Desk and an extensive Real Time System Management. With an attractive partner program, the product is the ideal solution for system houses and system integrators who want to offer innovative managed services. This rapidly growing company has more than 1,200 customers including Volkswagen, Lufthansa AirPlus, Kraft and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The award-winning software company is best known for its outstanding customer support, its pricing structures and the inclusion of its customers in the development process.