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.