Are there any benchmarks and or recognised standards for the Procurement and Management of high end software licences?

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Are there any benchmarks and or recognised standards for the Procurement and Management of high end software licences?

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To answer your question in a word: no. There aren’t established benchmarks or standards, simply because every vendor, reseller, and provider has their own pricing model. Even with software products that essentially the same functions approximately as well as each other, you’ll find very wide variances in licensing fees, distribution models, maintenance fees, and discount levels for the partners selling the licenses. That said, there are certainly plenty of case studies for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and/or outsourced management of large-scale applications, typically available from individual providers of the services. Some applications are prohibited from being sold/leased as SaaS by partner/end-user license agreements, most notably all of the former Mercury (now HP) line. If you’d like to talk to someone about experiences with negotiating and procuring high-end software, I’d be happy to answer more specific questions for you or have a conversation on the topic.

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