Overview of Software License Management
Software License Management (SWLM) is designed to automatically link software CIs with the applicable software license certificates to enable you to create software contracts, and add and manage license certificates. The License Engine links the software CIs based on the connection details specified for the software license certificate. Connection actions defined on the license type determine the query to connect the software CIs to the software license certificate.
As part of its lifecycle, SWLM involves processes that you can use to verify licenses and facilitate, focus, and follow-through on compliance. To ensure license compliance, you can monitor the status of the license certificate. Viewing software usage helps you identify whether software is either over or under-utilized in your organization. Software usage information is populated by the BMC BladeLogic Configuration Automation product.
Based on the information about software usage, you can identify under-utilized software and plan future purchase and discontinuation of licenses. This information helps companies to comply with audits and to optimize IT expenses.
For more information about the SWLM process and how to use BMC Asset Management to manage software licenses and their compliance within your organization, see Managing software licenses.
After products have been discovered, normalized, and then reconciled, the SWLM includes the following processes for managing licenses:
- Identifying license model and data required
- Configuring new license models, if required
- Creating contracts and license certificates for products
- Configuring license jobs for products
- Scheduling and executing license jobs
- Monitoring license consumption and compliance
- Viewing Software Usage results
For an example of how Calbro Services adopts and manages SWLM, see Purchasing software and assigning a license.