is the most appropriate software licensing policy for
This is a question that puzzles many IT heads. Deciding
on the right software licensing policy has always been
an onerous task. You need to understand the often cryptic
policy in the first place. Then you must analyze what
will suite your purpose, given X concurrent users are
likely to use the application, and also accommodate
a likely growth of Y users in the future. You also need
to consider future versions and how you can upgrade
existing software at a minimal cost.
addition, you need to consider the ever-changing policies
that vendors offer. You have licensing policies based
on per server, per seat or even based on the number
of processors your server uses. Then there's the relatively
new subscription-based model.
Vendors often rave about their new software licensing
models and how it will benefit enterprises by translating
into significant cost savings. But this is far from
the truth. Many licensing policies are tuned to help
vendors tap into a steady revenue stream without any
regard for customer needs.
This month we closely examine the various licensing
schemes offered by different vendors. The idea is to
explain in plain English the various licensing policies.
For this, we approached almost all vendors in the enterprise
software space for inputs on this feature. Given the
sensitivity of the topic, not surprisingly, many vendors
shied away from providing inputs.
We also talked to CIOs to explore their side of the
story. It soon became clear that most of them were unhappy
about the way software contracts are formulated. Fluctuating
license fees, arm-twisting tactics, poor tech support
and hazy AMC conditions are just some of their woes.
Turn to page 29 for more on this.
Wireless networking (read WLANs/WMANs) provides many
benefits over wired networks. Wireless networks extend
into places where you can't install a cable and they
offer mobility. We spoke extensively about WLANs in
the November 2001 issue of Network Magazine. Back then,
the concept of wireless networking was relatively new
in India. Within a year the wireless networking landscape
has undergone a sweeping change. You now have hotels,
ports, manufacturing industries and even banks implementing
WLANs or WMANs, wherever the cost of implementing wired
networks is substantially high or is difficult. And
all this despite the various WLAN standards in existence
or the grave apprehensions expressed on the wireless
security front. More of this in our Tech update section
Finally, as we close one more issue of Network Magazine,
we want to know what you think about the magazine and
the features that you would like us to cover.