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IT Procurement: Negotiate Software License Metrics Carefully Based on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Each Type

Published: 11 December 2013

ID: G00255464

Analyst(s): Jane B. Disbrow


Poorly defined software license metrics are a substantial risk for unbudgeted IT spending after a software audit. Audits are increasing — so software licensing negotiators should inspect current license agreements for areas of license metric risk and carefully negotiate any new software contracts.

Table Of Contents


  • 1.0 Named User or Application User License Metrics
  • 2.0 Concurrent User License Metric
  • 3.0 Hardware Platform License Metrics
  • 4.0 Device-Based License Metrics
  • 5.0 Role-Based License Metric
  • 6.0 Employee-Based License Metric
  • 7.0 Financial-Based License Metric
  • 8.0 Transaction-Based Pricing License Metric
  • 9.0 Other Types of Business Metrics
  • 10.0 Recommendations for all License Metrics

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