Data and insight pave way for new system migrations as well as group-wide commercial and license savings
Just Group PLC is a financial services company specializing in the UK retirement income market. The company, which employs some 1,200 people, was formed out of a merger in 2016 between Just Retirement and Partnership Assurance. The group is a constituent of the FTSE250 and has a market cap of £1.6 billion.
The company was using the Cloud-based Snow solution via a reseller partner but decided in the aftermath of the 2016 merger to roll out Snow’s SAM Platform on-premise across the servers and 1,200 desktops of the newly formed group. The small Software Asset Management team wanted to exploit Snow’s deployment capabilities to the full to meet the migration challenges posed by the merger. Just Group also wanted access to good-quality data regarding its licenses and the usage of its installed software – both for compliance and strategic purposes to cost its planned migration to Cloud-based technologies.
Just Group is using Snow to support its migration to ServiceNow, which is planned for the first of half of 2018. The Snow connector for ServiceNow is providing serious upside to this project where it will populate the CMDB cleansed normalized data incorporating all IT assets in use by the organization.
Intelligence from Snow is also performing a critical role in guiding the decision-making around updating the group’s legacy applications and systems. An immediate priority is to consolidate its two Enterprise Agreements with Microsoft. Insight into its licensing position with the big vendor – and an accurate picture of cost and true need – will strengthen the group’s hand in the upcoming renegotiation.
Finally, Snow is giving the SAM team discovery information across not just desktops but also servers, VMware and its Active Directory. Armed with these insights, the team is expected to soon start optimizing its software license estate.
Anticipated Business Benefits
- Accurate data and insight across newly merged group
- Consolidation of Enterprise Agreements with Microsoft
- Integration with ServiceNow
- Gap analysis around compliance and unused software
Lee Brown, Commercial & Software Licensing Consultant, says:
Just is very excited about using Snow as their main soft/ hardware discovery tool. The discovery data captured will support many IT migrations which are currently running within the organization. Snow will also support the Commercial and SAM team to identify and deliver potential group-wide license and commercial savings before a new contract is negotiated with a vendor. As an organization, we are also very interested in how Snow can support us from a GDPR and compliance perspective by reviewing our existing contracts with vendors in conjunction with our group legal team.