I will mention Sassafras's Keyserver. http://www.sassafras.com
Its history is more focused on the "down stream" end of tracking license usage and enforcement, but they have expanded it great in the last 7 or so years. We have used it for decades for the tracking and enforcing of license agreements in classroom computer labs. Enforcing current limits in an intelligent, configurable, and user communicative way has always been one of our favorite features. In more recent years they have been adding purchase agreement tracking features and tying those to the license management policy part that they have always had. It now has features to compare stored license purchase records vs actual license deployment vs usage to give you an analysis of under used licenses, unused, and over subscribed licenses. They have also added federation and roles so that groups can manage just their devices/licenses or collect data without being full Keyserver admins. I don't believe it has many, if any, features for handling billing (beyond keeping records of Purchase orders and invoices) and managing your vendor relationship.
My group specifically has not used many of those new features however so while I have attended workshops and presentations on them, I haven't used them extensively myself. My experience is on the sys admin end using it to manage software on lab machines and provide usage information/stats for upper management. There it has been a wonderful product. Sassafras has been a dream to work with as a company. Very small, but also very responsive and good tech support. We have been using it since the early 1990's of our own choice (i.e. our budget and choices pay the bill) and are quite happy with it for our purposes.
Tom "Macintosh Doctor" Johnson
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> On Jul 16, 2017, at 19:03 , Mindi M Stoffel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I was recently asked by my Director to investigate potential options for a new single source solution for managing software licensing agreements, entitlements, purchasing and billing. To avoid reinventing the wheel, I wanted to reach out to see what other University’s may already be doing in this area, especially those with a similar set up to ours.
> We are a combination of both central and distributed IT. My role is out of central IT and was created to encourage synergy among the colleges and central so that we could leverage the University’s buying power to realize cost savings through combined purchases while also allowing the colleges to maintain independence and decision making over their license needs. For this reason, we are set up as a recharge center. Currently, I manage site, volume and single license software agreements, entitlements and bill backs in a number of separate access, excel and Quickbooks databases.
> If you manage software licensing for a University that is set up similar to this and are using a single system that is not homegrown and you would be willing to share, I appreciate any feedback. I’ll thrown in as well, just to complicate the matter, that any solution we implement in our office would be utilized by administrative (and in no way technical) staff, so I’m interested in any solutions that require minimal technical knowledge.
> Thank you to anyone willing to share!
> Mindi Stoffel
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