Software Licensing affects all types of business and organisations of all sizes. For too long some software vendors have used licenses to limit choice and lock-in customers. But now, a growing collection of users, independent developers and cloud-centric businesses is challenging them to change and to help create a fairer marketplace. Get involved and join businesses around the world arguing for fair software licencing.
To date, the Principles have been supported by CISPE, Cigref, CIO Aica Forum, CIONet Italia, CIO Club Italia, AUSED, FIDA Inform, Danish Cloud Community, Dutch Cloud Community and Coadec. Watch this space for more supporters.
Some licences prohibit running software on hardware not 100% dedicated to the customer –eliminating the value of the ‘virtualised’ cloud.
Some software companies have inflexible and non-transparent contracts and subject customers to hostile audits as they move to the cloud.
Costs go up 150% just to run previously purchased licenses on clouds from other providers.
By controlling directory software legacy players’ lock businesses into their ecosystems and restrict choice.
Can and cannot do
It should be clear and easy to understand what you can and can’t do with the software you’ve paid for!
Businesses are stung with unexpected and unfair charges from overly complex, difficult to understand licences.
Migrating from on-premise to cloud-based software-as-a-service makes financial sense. But some software companies make it prohibitively expensive to run their software on competing clouds.
Technical and financial barriers narrow the cloud choices available to business users to those offered by legacy software companies.