LICENSING POLICY FOR ASP
I read your article in the Network Magazine September
2002 issue on Software Licensing Policy. The story gives
a fair idea on different licensing policies adopted
by many organizations. I request you to throw some light
on the licensing policy adopted by ASP vendors. There
are many applications (e.g. MySap) running on the ASP
model. It would be really great if I can have some information
in this regard.
Hemant K Agrawal
Stingray Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Dear Hemant Agrawal,
I had forwarded your query to Sagar Sule, VP-Technical
& Operations, Cyquator Technologies Ltd. Here is
Typically, an ASP Licensing
Program enables selected ASPs to license products on
a monthly subscription basis. The Program is usually
designed to map how ASPs do businessby providing
services on a monthly fee to its end-customers.
Here, the ASPs provide the
licenses to the end-customers while adhering to certain
mandatory pre-requisites chalked out by the specific
product vendor. If an end-customer acquires its own
licenses and outsources the management of this software
to an ASP, then the end-customer retains the licenses
to its software if its relationship with the ASP terminates.
If the ASP acquires the licenses through an ASP Licensing
Program, the ASP is the primary licensee of the software,
which in turn is sub-licensed to the end-customer for
a specific contracted time span.
Generally, products in an
ASP Licensing Program can be licensed either in Per
Subscriber mode or Per CPU mode. In Per Subscriber mode,
a Subscriber Access License is needed for each subscriber
who is authorized to utilize the software within the
contracted time period. In Per CPU mode, an unlimited
number of subscribers can utilize the software being
run using a single CPU for each CPU license."
I have given the above details
keeping in mind our ASP relationship with Microsoft;
as far as mySAP is concerned, this may not exactly fit
in but all the same, it should not be much different.
VP-Technical & Operations, Cyquator Technologies
SAP & ESCAN
I would like to ask you if you have any information
about conflicts between SAP R/3 and eScan, when both
run together on the same machine?
João Paulo Crujo
Dear João Paolo Crujo,
Thank you for writing to me. A company that runs SAP
R/3 is usually large or medium-sized. These companies
typically dedicate separate servers for running R/3
modules. I have not come across a company in India that
runs both ERP modules and security solutions on the
same box. However, a company can run the two applications
on the same box and a good way to do it is to create
separate partitions for the two applications.
The problems that may arise
1. The security solution
may use up too much resources like processor cycles
and leave less for the ERP applications.
2. Security solutions usually need frequent updates
and upgrades. This may interfere with the functioning
of the ERP modules.
Running the security solution
on a low-end NT server can help.
I hope I have answered your
Soutiman Das Gupta