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The Difference between a Subscription Manager and a Full Software License Manager

Do you know what truly sets a software license manager apart from a subscription manager?”

A software license manager and a subscription manager may seem like similar entities, but in reality, they serve distinct purposes. A quote from Michael Feiner, a renowned management expert, puts it perfectly: 

“Good managers know how to delegate; great managers know when to delegate.” 

The same applies to software license and subscription managers – understanding the difference between them can make the difference between effective software management and costly software chaos.

So, what is a software license manager? Simply put, it is a tool that helps organizations manage and track the use of software licenses they have purchased. It ensures that only the authorized number of users can access the software and that the licenses are used in compliance with the terms and conditions set by the software vendor.

On the other hand, a subscription manager is a tool that helps organizations manage their software subscriptions. It allows organizations to keep track of the subscriptions they have taken and their renewal dates, as well as manage the subscription costs effectively.

Difference between a software license manager and a subscription manager

The difference between a software license manager and a subscription manager lies in their focus. While a software license manager focuses on the use of the licenses, a subscription manager focuses on the management of the subscriptions. A software license manager ensures that the licenses are used within the bounds set by the vendor, while a subscription manager ensures that the subscriptions are managed efficiently and cost-effectively.

The role of a software license manager is to monitor and enforce the use of software licenses within an organization. It ensures that only the authorized number of users can access the software and that the licenses are used in compliance with the terms and conditions set by the software vendor. A software license manager also helps organizations track the usage of the licenses, which can be useful in making informed decisions about purchasing additional licenses or upgrading existing ones.

The role of a subscription manager is to manage software subscriptions effectively. It helps organizations keep track of the subscriptions they have taken and their renewal dates, as well as manage the subscription costs effectively. A subscription manager also helps organizations make informed decisions about renewing or cancelling subscriptions based on usage patterns and costs.

Conclusions

In conclusion, a software license manager and a subscription manager serve distinct but complementary purposes. While a software license manager focuses on the use of the licenses, a subscription manager focuses on the management of the subscriptions. Understanding the difference between them can help organizations make informed decisions about software management and avoid costly software chaos.

“Are you ready to take your software management to the next level by understanding the difference between a software license manager and a subscription manager?”

Benefits of Software License Management Across Different Departments

With so many new technologies emerging on an almost daily basis, it’s important for organizations large and small, to understand exactly what software is being used. Managing software licenses has always been a challenge, and in today’s technologically advanced world, it has become increasingly difficult. However, saving money by avoiding duplicate software licenses, over-licensing, and over- or under-spending should be at the top of every organization’s list.

For those in information technology (IT), the necessity of a software asset management (SAM) program is obvious, but for other departments, it might not be as clear as to how they benefit from license management. Understanding what is and isn’t being used across all departments helps an organization make informed decisions, especially when it comes to rolling out new technologies to drive the business and increase productivity.

IT Department: Smoother Software Deployments

When we think of software installations and deployments, we automatically think of IT. However, not all IT teams actually manage the organization’s licenses. Keeping track of license count, expiration and renewal dates, license spend, etc. usually falls on the lap of a License Manager or SAM team. When working together, IT can better understand exactly what software is being used, allowing them to plan and execute software rollouts or uninstall unused software – thereby optimizing software license budgets.

Many license management tools, like Tangent’s CUBES License Manager, also have reporting capabilities that give deeper insight into an organization’s licenses, such as:

  • Number of licenses that are coming due or expired
  • Amount broken down by company, product, department, and type of license
  • Length of license or subscription agreement
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Furthermore, CUBES has a document repository that allows users to upload documents related to each license record, so important files such as quotes, contracts, and license details can all be digitized and easily accessibly within the record.

Finance Department: Better Opportunity to Manage Departmental Budgets

When it’s not clear where or on what money is being spent, overseeing and managing an organization’s budgets can become overwhelming, especially if that leads to over-spending. Understanding what software is being used gives the finance team the opportunity to cut necessary costs on unused or duplicate software.

Additionally, having the visibility that comes with a license manager prepares the finance department for renewals, so they’ll know exactly when to expect large payments. Ultimately, this instills confidence into the team when going into budget discussions with the administration team.

Administration Department: Greater Visibility into Software License Budgets

Engaging and persuading administration departments to invest in any software product has always been a difficult task across multiple industries. Once on board, though, stakeholders will find that the benefits of a license manager greatly outweigh the cost.

Having a license manager will show directors, administrators, managers, etc. exactly how much is being spent on software and help them identify areas for cost savings. The goal is to generate savings for the entire organization year over year.

Additionally, a license manager allows the admin team to see all of the organization’s software at a glance, which can be helpful in identifying outdated technologies. Ensuring that employees have the latest software enables them to be more productive, work efficiently, and communicate and collaborate effectively across the entire organization.

Whether your organization is large or small, a license manager brings peace of mind. Being able to gain full visibility of software deployments, licenses, and cost is essential in managing budgets while enabling your organization with the latest technologies. CUBES can take you there. Sign up for a free trial to just how easy it is to start managing your licenses.

Introducing CUBES: A New Standard in Software Asset Management

Many organizations don’t know where to even begin when it comes to managing their software licenses. Some utilize spreadsheets, others stitch together notes from different platforms. This often leads to outdated, messy, and unreportable data across users and departments.

An effective, proactive Software Asset Management (SAM) program is proven to help organizations reign in all of their license and subscription data, while saving them time and money. That’s why we developed CUBES, a powerful, yet easy-to-use, license manager.

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In just a few minutes, users can set up CUBES and start managing their licenses with features such as:

  • Renewal and expiration alerts
  • Reporting dashboards
  • Tiered account security


Managing software licenses no longer needs to be an arduous task. With CUBES, organizations of all sizes can save by money by avoiding duplicate software deployments, over-licensing, and expired invoices. This allows organizations to make informed decisions when rolling out new technologies.Sign up for a free trial of CUBES to see just how easy it can be to manage all of your licenses and subscriptions in a central platform.

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License Management Software: Is CUBES The Right Fit for Your Business?

Between the plethora of options among subscriptions, SaaS, short-term software, and other licensing, businesses of all shapes and sizes have experienced an exponential change in how software is licensed. While perhaps a decade ago yearly service fees were the norm, managing licenses has become incredibly complex. With these complexities, issues such as unwanted renewal fees, late fees, and license management delegation have arisen, forcing businesses to reevaluate and adapt. 

When prompted with these issues, the natural step businesses take is to search for license management software. What they find is an array of options just as complex as the issues they are trying to solve. The world of Software Asset Management (SAM), Enterprise Asset Management, and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) provides megalithic tools, packed with features to address every use-case imaginable. However, not all businesses need such an option and can’t afford to tie up an IT department for weeks during implementation. Quite simply, many businesses just need an easy way to manage their licenses. Enter the “Goldilocks” solution: CUBES License Management Software from Tangent. 

To decide whether CUBES is the right fit for your business, it is important to look at these three categories of software license management:

1. In-house:

In-house software license management offers rudimentary control through tools such as Excel or Google Sheets. If historical costs or efficiency tradeoffs aren’t a priority and there are only 4-12 items to track, this is a perfectly functional solution. However, as businesses grow, a system that might have taken minutes to keep track of 10 licenses can become inconvenient at 20. Reminders can slip through the cracks. In general, the business outgrows this solution. Conveniently, CUBES makes our Excel template freely available as a starting point for keeping track of software licenses, SaaS subscriptions, and warranties. 

2. Professional:

Professional management comes into play when businesses want more. To track more, see more, and clean up the mess caused by different departments doing their own data entry. At this point, businesses need to consider what they can afford, as well as what level of complexity they are ready for. For organizations needing feature-rich options, but that do not have the IT manpower to dedicate to onboarding and maintaining enterprise software, CUBES is the right fit. 

3. Enterprise:

For businesses needing ITIL processes in place, software utilization information, compliance tracking and procurement management, that also have robust IT departments in place, enterprise management is where they should be looking. See our decision checklist below and white paper to help understand where your business falls and if CUBES is the right fit for your license management software needs.

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