FlexNet Manager Suite is a cloud-based solution for IT assets management and software license optimization. The solution is designed for midsize to large organizations and has clients in education and government industries. It can be deployed either in the cloud or on-premise and is also offered as a managed service.
FlexNet Manager Suite has various functionalities including IT asset discovery, software inventory normalization and license reconciliation. The license compliance module reconciles software purchases in order to help organizations track overall software cost and risk. It also offers a centralized dashboard that allows administrators to view license position, review events and receive notifications on hardware or software issues.
FlexNet Manager Suite can also analyze cloud usage trends in order to reduce expenditures on cloud services. The solution offers server license optimization for Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Symantec, VMware and SAP applications.
Support is offered via email, phone and through an online knowledge base.
Rory from Rorymon Enterprises
Specialty: Software / IT
Employees number: 2-10 employees
I feel like the pricing could be restructured. It seems like the direction has been to add more relevancy for future users and grow the user base. I think the pricing puts off some companies who only have a more limited need. There is more opportunity out there.
Should open up more to community licensing for getting more product feedback from industry experts.
As a seasoned application packager, I have a lot of experience with Admin Studio. While MSI packaging is in somewhat of a decline other areas of application and end user management are growing in demand. Flexera have done a great job of adding new features with each release to provide more value for new and existing customers. When you avail of the entire product stack including Workflow Manager, AdminStudio server, SecOps products and licensing products you get a powerful engineering tool and general management product.
While InstallShield is industry leader, when buying it standalone it is quite expensive. It also adds quite a lot of tables to MSIs. Don't get me wrong, some provide a lot of value and make it worth it but it could be more efficient. My last exposure to Application Manager was a poor one. The database started to crawl when more than 50 apps were run through it.
Mark from AusNet Services
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
Flexera has the capability of providing an end-to-end solution for IT supplier contracts from management of Budget, payments (licences and support & maintenance), entitlements, deployment position and compliance. As a whole of IT solution, I don't believe there is any other tool on the market that approaches its capability
Further development is required around IT financial management, e.g., Flexera doesn't understand a company's financial year. Also, it needs its own (independent) licence SKU database to allow for licence SKU lookup and modelling. Further flexibility in the user interface to allow for non-essential fields to be turned off (not displayed). It needs batch reporting capability of errors reported online, e.g., this licence isn't covered by support and maintenance. Enhancement in the reporting interface to allow for further joining of tables, e.g., reporting on Responsibility assignment or Third-Party vendor assignment. And it needs a discovery agent for when new non-windows servers are created that are missing Flexera agents.
Garth from Datacom Systems (AU)
- Extremely accurate inventory data using the included Inventory Agent,
- Excellent public cloud recognition and application of corresponding product use rights,
- Integrates with an extensive range of third party software (inventory sources, CMDB technologies, publisher license management tools, etc),
- Excellent support from Flexera including adding new applications to the recognition library upon request,
- Great new BI functionality with customisable dash boards and visualisations,
- Enables significant cost avoidance and cost minimisation through reclamation of unused software and purchasing based on accurate software deployment and usage data,
- Provides recommendations on changes to use rights according to software publisher licensing changes which you can accept or reject based on your specific contract terms/rights,
- Feeds in to security activities by provides End of Support and End of Life dates for a wide variety of applications to help with planning of application upgrades and patching, and configurable application black and white lists to easily report on unauthorised software installations,
- Best results require SAM integration with business processes including Change Management, SecOps, ITOps, Project Planning, and Procurement in order to best manage financial and contractual risk. The information the platform provides makes this integration key to a variety of business objectives in relation to commercial risk and budget control and predictability.
It can take some time to get familiar with the extensive features and capabilities. There is a range of powerful features which customers may not be aware of which can deliver significant benefits to the business. Report customisations can be complex but are useful when done right, and the additional Cognos/BI platform provides additional and powerful dash boards and analytics.
A highly useful platform to build an IT asset management system on. Once integrated with business processes, the tool can easily provide compliance position information without extensive effort.
Implementation documentation remains overly complicated in some places, and frustratingly sparse in others.
Ryan from Leidos
Easy interface to navigate. Good control over who can see and do what. Easy to understand dashboard with drill down details provides the ability to see the big picture and back it up with fine detail.
You really have to understand the license models of your vendors. Big vendors can be particularly difficult. The steepest learning curve is in how to properly model vendors licensing.
Adrian from ATOS
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
It's very robust, but how ever in a big enterprise enviroment with more that 100k clients, you can run in some tricky problems, but the professional services will help you to do the best implementations.
I'm more on technical implementation, so I can't give my opinion about costs. But from my undestanding there is a fair price and the license is very customizable and fit customer need
David from DBS Bank
The power and flexibility of the tool allows almost anything to be achieved for SAM. The ability to build manual inventory, applications and licenses is especially powerful. whilst the Business adaptor allows most metrics to be measured and updated.
It does take a while to learn the product and that is most likely its largest downfall. The product also needs to change the dashboard as this does not represent reality and often provides a negative view of the position. This is often perceived as a failing of the product by management.
Jeff from Commercial insurance provider
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
Tailored to effectively manage software portfolio. FlexNet Management Suite understands today's software license agreements and provides a clear view of your compliance position for each application. Regular updates on software discovery, licenses, and publisher SKU changes keep you up to date.
Tailored for software management
Occasionally need to work-a-round in order to accomplish the desired outcome
In comparing notes with others in the same role at different companies, FNMS seems to be significantly ahead of competitive products.
Ivan from KPMG
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
I use Flexera currently and also at my previous employer. There is no better way to get ahead of the compliance curve to view your software landscape. This software pays for itself in soft and hard savings. The ability to go from big picture to individual compliance is quick and easy. The ARL is the "secret sauce". The ARL provides that security of no matter what the software companies do with their license models Flexera will keep you up to date with those changes, and in some cases tell you how to manage your landscape better
The updated ARL providing comfort with the changing licensing landscape.
David from Tribal Knowledge (Singapore)
Employees number: 11-50 employees
We have been using the FlexNet Manager Suite for the past 4 years in a number of customers and situations. We have seen the product evolve from a desktop tool into an Enterprise Software Management solution cover a vast number of Server based software titles and complex measurements. We have experienced other so called SAM tools and they are still lack the overall flexibility and technology integration which is required in a real SAM practice. FNMS does not do everything, but it fits in well with most software vendor discovery tools and fills the gap of the major software vendors today and covers approximately 80-90% of the spend in most companies. This one fact makes it a must for any organization who is serious about implementing a SAM Practice and providing real and immediate savings to management.
Completness - many Adaptors to many common discovery tools making it easy to implement.
Flexible - Software can be managed, modelled and measured across all variations of metrics
Openness - the application allows open access to tables for complex reporting and dashboards where required.
there needs to be some consistency applied across all publishers. it is quite clear is some parts of the product that certain publishers like Oracle and Microsoft operate different. this is especially difficult in license scoping of Oracle. this could be improved.
The tool doesn't do everything, like most products it requires people and process to work effectively. We often see the users not understanding the true value and not using the product well or at all. This requires identifying the right department and setting the right expectations.
Sekhar from Schlumberger
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
I have not seen any technical customer service which is more worst than Flexera
For high priority tickets to they don't respond 15 days.
Nice and easy to use
Worst customer service
Response: Flexera Software, FlexNet Manager Suite - NAF - functionality
Date: December 2016
Based on responses from over 10000 individual surveys returned, our average customer satisfaction for Support Cases is currently at an all-time high of 92%. We attribute this to our hiring and retention of high quality engineers ¿ our average tenure in the Flexera Technical Support team is now over 7 years with many of our most senior engineers having been working with our customers for nearly 20 years, providing rapid problem solving and subsequent resolution. We¿d love the opportunity to address your concerns.