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Software Licensing

You have just completed your work with the organization from the unit one individual project (insurance agency, financial planning firm, county library) and have been hired by a software company to lend your software licensing expertise.

As you are aware a software product license grants individuals the legal right to run or access a software program. A license agreement governs the use of the licensed software program. One of the ongoing sagas in Information Technology is the question on how vendors will issue licenses for the use of their software and this is why the company needs your help.

Search the internet and Library for information about software licensing. You may want to look on the internet for any announcements about licensing from companies, and the approach those software vendors have taken to structure the licensing option for their user community.

The first thing your client would like you to do is send them an email that summarizes some of the current issues and options involved in the licensing of software as well as recommendations you have on the best options for them to use to license their software.

Make sure to cite any information that you used from the internet in your email so your client, if interested, can look further into the information you have provided.

Use APA format and have a list of references

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Some of the latest trends in software licensing are as follows:

1) New pricing strategies: Most software licensing arrangements in the past involved a license fee for the software, as well as a separate maintenance fee on a monthly basis for support. However, under the new Application service provider model which is popular now a days, the license fee is integrated with the montly maintenance plan, thereby making it impossible for purchaser of the license to avoid the maintenance fee, or in other words, makes it impossible to use the software without the maintenance plan. Given the increasing complexity in software applications, a maintenance plan becomes a necessity and thus, this strategy works quite well.

For our organization as well, I will suggest that the license fee should be integrated with the monthly maintenance plan in such a manner, so as to make the avoidance of maintenance fee difficult for the end user. This will not only ensure that customers get full support from the company, but will also ensure a steady stream of revenue for the organization.

2) A few years ago, it seemed like the vast majority of software licensing transactions that passed across our desks were traditional software on a disk or downloaded software hosted on the servers of the ...

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You have just completed your work with the organization from the unit one individual project (insurance agency, financial planning firm, county library) and have been hired by a software company to lend your software licensing expertise.

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