Software License Optimization
How to rightsize your software estate to reduce risk, ensure compliance and save significant costs.
High on every CIO’s agenda is to continually optimize the cost of IT. One of the ways to create cost saving lies in effective Software License Optimization.
Proactively managing software license optimization can help your organization reduce the likelihood and cost of a software audit as well as delivering bottom-line financial benefits.
Just as most organizations have some level of under-licensing on their network (i.e. using more software than they own), they also fail to optimize the use of licenses they have bought.
By managing the software licenses more effectively, organizations can dramatically cut their software licensing expenditure while still improving the service delivered to end users.
To achieve this, organizations need a Software License Optimization program comprising:
It is vital to know what devices and software are present on the corporate network, across all major platforms. Ideally, discovery or inventory tools should track software usage on every device –
mobile to computer, datacenter servers and into the cloud – so that redundant software can be reclaimed and redeployed to other users.
Many organizations will need to use multiple inventory technologies to audit the full multi-platform network. In this case, it is essential to bring the disparate inventories together into a single asset repository with common naming conventions.
DYNAMIC SOFTWARE RECOGNITION
One of the most difficult tasks associated with Software License Optimization is knowing exactly what is installed on machines across the network. Manually identifying software is a slow and error-prone task. Better instead to rely on a highly-effect Software Recognition Service that guarantees on recognizing commercially-licensable software.
INTELLIGENT LICENSE REPOSITORY
The ability to quickly import all types of software licenses (from simple desktop licensing to complex IBM PVU and Oracle license rules) and then apply automatic intelligence against these to calculate upgrade and downgrade rights is essential to effective license management. This provides not only an Effective License Position, but an optimized estate.
COMPLIANCE & MANAGEMENT REPORTING
With many specialist solutions, the ability to generate meaningful reports is the preserve of a few gurus. With Software License Optimization, stakeholders from across the organization need to be able to view, generate and interpret compliance and management reports through an intuitive multi- user, roles-based interface.
Ensure that SAM processes are in place to provide the necessary usage intelligence and make spare licenses available. Removing unused applications ensures the business has its costs
optimized, as freed-up licenses can be pooled for future use. This removes overspend on licenses and IT costs are reduced through automation.
Mobile is the new workplace: today’s users regularly access data and consume software on multiple devices, from wherever they are. To enable organizations to manage the many implications of
how users consume data and the applications they use, Snow has introduced ‘Mobile SAM’ as part of its approach to managing software and licenses across all devices to include mobile platforms such as iOS, Windows Phone and Android.
A UNIFIED PLATFORM FOR SOFTWARE LICENSE OPTIMIZATION
Snow Software addresses each of the challenges above with its integrated Software Asset Management platform, providing an integrated solution to manage inventory, data consolidation, software intelligence and license management.
Proactive software license optimization can directly and quantifiably
- Rightsize the software estate to make costs savings which directly contribute to bottom line profitability
- Reduce financial and reputational risks associated with software audits
- Recycle licenses and avoid major compliance fees