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Mobile Device Trends Show Hidden Mobile Tax on Software Licenses

Published: 20 April 2015

ID: G00276769

Analyst(s): Roberto Sacco , Lori Samolsky


The proliferation of mobile devices has dramatically affected vendor-licensing policies, resulting in unexpected increased cost in acquisition of licenses for mobile devices. We detail how IT procurement can negotiate mobile licensing terms with the largest software vendors to minimize these costs.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • IT procurement professionals will notice that the move to device and per-transaction license metrics can lead to more than 10% increased software costs
  • Software vendors are trying to monetize the investment they have made in mobile technologies by creating additional charges for mobile applications or mobile device access — even when they are not explicitly detailed in the existing agreements
  • IT procurement professionals will find that the rapid evolution of mobile platform technology will prove costly by paying for redundant mobile applications, tools and infrastructure
    • Competition and Vendor Consolidation Merge Existing and Similar Functionality
    • Maintaining Organizational Flexibility Means Using Broader Resources
    • Terminate Any Potential Costs or Rights for Mobile Platforms That Have Been Abandoned


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