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Corporate IS managers have lost patience with software publishers dragging their feet on license metering and are taking matters into their own hands.
The influential Corporate Association of Microcomputer Professionals (CAMP) recently released its requirements for software metering applications, calling for enterprisewide license metering and comprehensive configuration control.
The CAMP effort follows an initiative by the Open Users Recommended Solutions (OURS) group last year, which recommended similar actions.
Many vendors offer concurrent licensing but few provide the tools or interfaces in their applications to support license metering applications.
ULTERIOR MOTIVES. Without a solid method for managing licenses or determining usage, many customers buy more software than needed. And that may be the real reason behind vendor lip service. They're afraid that once IS managers discover how software is really used and are able to easily redistribute licenses throughout their organizations, they'll buy fewer copies.
For corporate users, such information will be a boon. For the first time organizations, they will …