eSOL Joins Flexera Software’s Licensing, Entitlement & Compliance Management Alliance Partner Program

eSOL to License and Market FlexNet Embedded and FlexNet Operations Solutions in Japan

Maidenhead, UK and Tokyo, Japan. – Mar. 29, 2011 – Flexera Software, the leading provider of strategic solutions for Application Usage Management for application producers and their customers, and eSOL Co., Ltd, a leading Japanese embedded software developer, today announced that eSOL has joined Flexera Software’s Licensing, Entitlement & Compliance Management Alliance Partner program.

Flexera Software cultivates partnerships and alliances with top software producers, high-tech and embedded manufacturers and service providers to deliver solutions and service offerings that combine leading technology and expertise. Founded in 1975, eSOL is a premier Japanese independent vendor of products and services, focused on Automotive OEM and parts suppliers, and electronics device manufacturer markets.

As an Alliance Partner, eSOL will license and market Flexera Software’s FlexNet Embedded® and FlexNet Operations® solutions and services in Japan. FlexNet Embedded is the only product enabling flexible software-based configuration of capability and capacity across a broad range of high-tech and embedded devices, including those requiring a small footprint client. FlexNet Operations provides software producers, high-tech and embedded manufacturers a comprehensive and proven entitlement management system, supporting rapid product configuration, multiple license key generators, and a self service portal. FlexNet Embedded and FlexNet Operations will enable eSOL’s customers to provision tailored, industry-specific high-tech and embedded devices, such as entertainment and information systems for automobiles, as well as smart building and security devices for the building industry, and manage entitlements to those solutions. eSOL will provide the frontline support and integration services, and integrate and sublicense FlexNet Embedded to its embedded operating system “eT-Kernel” in addition to providing FlexNet Embedded to other operating systems already supported by FlexNet Embedded.

“We welcome eSOL as the newest member of our growing, global roster of strategic alliance partners,” said Timothy Boudreau, vice president of strategic alliances at Flexera Software. “eSOL understand the needs of high-tech and embedded manufacturers in Japan and are expert in tailoring solutions to meet their licensing and entitlement needs.”

Driving the need for Flexera Software’s solutions in Japan are declines in the average price of embedded system manufacturers’ products in the face of diversifying requirements, which presents the need for more tailored solutions. These market pressures are pushing manufacturers to move beyond exclusively monetizing the embedded devices and shift toward continuous revenue streams through services, utilizing the device as their service platform.
“FlexNet Embedded and FlexNet Operations empower manufacturers’ to embed complex and versatile functionality into their products, while reducing manufacturing costs and time-to-market through shortened product cycles,” Bob Nobuyuki Ueyama, executive vice president of eSOL. “In light of these market trends we anticipate strong demand for these solutions in Japan and look forward to working with Flexera Software to meet that demand with creative solutions.”

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