FIRE YOUR LICENSE MANAGEMENT CO. BEFORE YOU HIRE THEM
Your software is dynamic, however, your budget might burst by trying to protect it before you bring it to the market. We all know how important protection of vital software is and hackers are becoming more and more creative in their efforts to steal your information and use without credit or payment to you. So the first thing you will do is start talking to software license management companies to protect your investment. Where would you go? What basic products should they provide? Here are 5 basic items that every software protection partner that you do business with present to your company. If they don’t provide these simple services, give them the pink slip before you finish the conversation.
COMMITMENT TO SECURITY
They company that you ultimately choose should have an unwavering commitment to thwart tampering, code integrity as well as stopping the unauthorized use of software, which is your main factor for driving revenue. This is a given, many companies are out for their own bottom line, not yours. When interviewing them, you’ll see which ones are aimed at making your life easier stand out from the ones that only want to line their pockets.
Can they provide license management from a single API on Unix/Linux, Windows, Mac, OS X and Java? The key here is from a single API. Enough said.
Are they able to deploy licensing models that are effective for your current end users and new ones as your business grows? Growth is a good thing, but you want to make sure that your licensing management partner can handle the strength and volume of demand alongside of you.
Does their commitment to an open architecture allow partners to extend incredible value to you by making thisadd-on products (such as license utilization report writers) affordable? Let’s face it; you need a lot more bang for your buck. Price gouging doesn’t help a business that’s looking to grow the smart way.
CATER TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS
Can theyyou modify the license keys and make it possible to vary the size and scope of the license modelgrant to provide your customized services? Your software is unique; therefore it should be treated as such. Therefore it is paramount that your license management partnersoftware can handle your unique product.
Some end users go to ISV’s for support, however if necessary, can your license management partner offer support in form of downloadable developer’s kits, forums, emails and newsletters to stay abreast of changing trends in the industry as well as basic tutorials.
Finally, the company that you ultimately choose should have a commitment to thwart tampering as well as stopping the unauthorized use of software, which is an additional factor for driving revenue.