Why Software Licencing Still Matters in the Digital Era

Computing and the IT industry has gone through a period of somewhat remarkable, and rapid change. More and more do we find that traditional, legacy on-premise networks are being replaced in whole or in part by cloud-hosted systems, reflecting a move towards more mobile and remote working schedules.

As workers unshackle themselves from the constraints of their desk or workstation, so there has been a need to access essential software that reaches beyond the scope of their desktop computer.

However, while the evolution of digital technology, and the rise of Software as a Service (SaaS) models, has seen a move to a more liberal landscape, in terms of online access and usage, there still remains one constant in relation to licencing.

Your software requires a licence

Within your business, you’ll invariably require a range of different software suites to enable you to carry out your daily operations and to help you grow the business. These might be, depending on your type of business:

All of these packages, suites, and programmes will require a licence, granting you both access and permission to use them.

As you can imagine (and are probably already aware), this can mean a lot of licences to cover a multitude of different pieces of software. Microsoft, for instance, offers a wide raft of different licences to meet the full, and comprehensive array of solutions they provide. Plotting your way through what’s required, ensuring you’re paying for only what you want and need, can be pretty arduous; and a drain on time, resources, and money.

One of the things we recommend at Sabre when we talk with our clients around South Wales is to have a clear understanding of the services that you need to run the business so that your IT support can deliver the right software, and manage the requisite licencing needs for you. Removing the hassle, and freeing the resources.

Licencing agreements are changing

Software licencing has traditionally been purchased in one of two ways:

  • As an outright purchase
  • On a subscription basis

Whereas perhaps, traditional licences would have been based on an outright purchase (device & user specific), in recent years, as the move to SaaS models has been adopted by an ever-greater number of providers, so the balance has moved more and more towards subscription licences. 

It’s reflective, perhaps, of the way in which society itself has changed. Much as the concept of contract hire or leasing has become normal for high-value consumer items such as cars, so the concept of a subscription model for your software is increasingly standard. You may not own the product itself, but the advantages are that you have a fixed cost in your business, which helps with budgeting, as well as full access to the most up to date software that meets the needs of your business.

You may, of course, find that software with which you had an outright licence is fast becoming outmoded or obsolete; with a need to upgrade or switch to more flexible, and modern cloud-hosted solutions. It can be a tricky, yet important, transitional phase for a business, fraught with potential for more hassle and resource drain.

Again, working with your IT provider or support, who will have access to and agreements with the key vendors, can help you simplify the process, ensuring you have the necessary software with the correct licences. Removing the hassle, and delivering a cost-effective, peace-of-mind, and reliable service to the business.

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