The complexity of software licensing has always been one of the great inhibitors of IT adoption. But for all the complaining about software licensing over the years, things have only become even more complicated in the age of the cloud.
Now there’s a nascent rebellion under way in the form of a new user advocacy organization that is calling for not only more clarity in software licensing terms, but also for a standard set of procedures for resolving software licensing conflicts between customers and software providers.
As the newly appointed CEO of The Campaign for Clear Licensing non-profit organization, Mark Flynn says that things have become so bad that many IT organizations are afraid to negotiate licensing terms with software vendors for fear of triggering an audit. Given the complexity of the licensing terms, most organizations are violating those terms to one degree or another.
By applying the collective weight of an organized campaign, Flynn says standard licensing terms would go a long way towards reducing the anxiety that exists between software vendors and the customers they serve.