I love that FlexNet has the look and feel of a Microsoft product, it makes navigation feel intuitive and when you are new to using it. I also like the separation of the management and analytics dashboards, it helps to keep the interface from looking cluttered and offers a clear separation between data and analysis.
Unfortunately, FlexNet does not provide the robust SKU library that would take this product to the next level. The Application Recognition Library (ARL) is very comprehensive, but it is lacking the associated SKUs, which they do not share with you or allow you to search. This makes processing a purchase very tedious - a problem that FlexNet is supposed to be a solution to. Oftentimes there is also issues with the ARL having incorrect data, such as incorrect product use rights.
Before purchasing, consider the type of software you are looking to establish a compliance position with. Software installed on servers is the easiest to monitor using FlexNet - cloud software is not integrated with FlexNet.
FlexNet has allowed us to gain greater insight into our compliance position for many products, especially those with extended PURL support such as Oracle and IBM. Furthermore, since FlexNet is an IBM certified tool, we are able to use it to automate some of our monthly reporting and provide extractions from it for audit purposes. While we are still getting to know the tool, it has been very valuable to our team in providing a unified platform to view our installation data in a manner that is easily searchable.