micro focus licensing services

Micro Focus Licensing Services

Our Micro Focus licensing services include audit support, contract review and establishing your effective license position.

Micro Focus provide an extensive portfolio of software products following a strong focus on acquisition in recent years, starting with terminal emulation to the HPE testing tools. Combined with their aggressive audit strategy, convoluted license terms and manual data collection processes, Micro Focus is often a key vendor when it comes to potential risks and opportunities associated to license compliance. At ITAA we offer a range of Micro Focus licensing services to help address this.

Our Micro Focus licensing experts have a great deal of experience supporting clients with their Micro Focus licensing needs. We outline some of our core services below, but please feel free to contact us with any query or concern you have – every situation is different and we are very happy to discuss your specific requirements.

  • Micro Focus Contract Review

    With Micro Focus’ numerous acquisitions over time it is easy to end up with a disparate collection of Agreements with different intent, terms and conditions and possible contradictions. We can help clarify the situation by undertaking a Contract Review in order to identify:

    • A clear baseline of license entitlement
    • Inconsistencies and unfavorable clauses that need to be renegotiated
    • Consolidation opportunities
    • License restrictions beyond the license metric and quantities that need to be adhered to

  • Micro Focus Effective License Position (ELP)

    To fully understand your compliance with Micro Focus, it is necessary to periodically review the estate. Through our Micro Focus ELP service we will help you understand the different metrics associated to the extensive product portfolio while guiding you through the various data collection steps required to measure your license requirements. The process emulates the Micro Focus License Verification including the questionnaire driven process for HPE products and the file data driven investigations for Attachmate and Rumba families amongst others.

    Combined with an in-depth contract review, you will receive a comprehensive ELP detailing any risks and opportunities taking account of the various restrictions imposed by Micro Focus such as Territory and Third-party access rights.

  • Micro Focus Audit Support

    Micro Focus’ heavy focus on audits (also referred to as License Verifications) and the aggressive manner in which they are performed can make for an unpleasant experience for their clients who find themselves overwhelmed by the various technical complexities and licensing details.

    We can help you throughout the Micro Focus License Verification process by:

    • Clarifying the requests and the data points so you are fully comfortable in sharing any requested data and at your own pace
    • Ensuring that only the mandatory data points are shared (often the Micro Focus questionnaires are tailored in a “1 size fits all” manner leading to excessive data requests)
    • Verifying the findings and claims made

  • Micro Focus Licensing Services – Experience and Results

    Our Micro Focus licensing services draw on the extensive experience of our subject matter experts.  Previous consulting experience includes:

    • Highlighting contractual restrictions that resulted in the re-architecture of the environment to achieve compliance
    • Helping clients understand their internal compliance and identifying numerous risk areas which were resolved ahead of their annual maintenance renewal
    • Reviewing draft Agreement proposals and highlighting various risks and contractual ambiguities that were addressed by the final signing
    • Guiding various clients through the License Verification process (clarifying the process for the client while reducing exposure by challenging assumptions and preconceived notions) – a recent example includes a risk mitigation case of $200k by challenging Micro Focus on a contractual ambiguity