Eight Criteria for Evaluating Software License Metrics

Archived Published: 01 June 2011 ID: G00213489

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Vendors of software and software as a service are introducing a wide range of new licensing metrics, sometimes for new technologies and usage scenarios. Since customers find many of these metrics to be unsuitable or unfavorable, Gartner offers eight criteria to help them make the right choice.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • 1. Simplicity and Ease of Administration
    • 2. Clear Definition of Usage Rights in the Contract
    • 3. Predictable Costs
    • 4. Control and External Validation of Increases to Metrics
    • 5. Measurability of Usage
    • 6. Direct Relationship Between Metrics and the Value Delivered
    • 7. Independence From Underlying Technology
    • 8. Fair Relationship of Price to Value
    • Bottom Line
  • Recommended Reading
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