Current surveys repeatedly show
that most companies overbuy licenses for up to 60 percent of
their software portfolio and vast sums of money are being wasted
on every annual cycle - so why does this happen?
It happens because contrary to widely held
assumptions, traditional asset management tools - which purport
to provide software licensing data - typically do not distinguish
between applications that are merely installed and those that are
actually in use. This distorted view of so called 'usage' is the
basis upon which software vendors base license fees, and
it gives them a huge advantage at the negotiating table.
- Application Usage
- Thin Client Analysis
The good news is that Scalable Software can
help you redress the balance, guiding you to pay for only what you
truly use. Since 1999, we have helped customer after customer to
substantially reduce software costs and bring their IT budgets under
better control - sometimes by millions of dollars - with our market
leading 'true' usage metering product, Survey™.
This is Software License Optimization. It ensures your software costs are minimized at all times by identifying
unused and wastefully installed software which can be recovered
from your estate and removed from your cost base.
Now, you may be thinking "I've heard it
all before, my Software Asset Management tools give me usage data"
But think again. Despite marketing claims,
Software Asset Management products are simply not designed or intended
to optimize the use of your software investments. They fail to capture
comprehensive and detailed 'true' hardware and software usage intelligence
and communicate this to the business in a commercially meaningful
way. As a consequence many companies are overpaying simply because
they have little or no idea how their software is being used, let
alone if it is being used at all and usually agree to costs based
simply on what is installed.
- Track HW and SW Changes
Uniquely, Survey™ does distinguish
between software that is merely installed and software that is truly
in use. With Survey data, customers are able to renegotiate
license terms based on actual usage, recover unused licenses and
redeploy them to avoid unnecessary new purchases, and recoup maintenance
and other costs associated with unused software. Survey customers
see year on year savings and in many cases this can lead to reductions
in the range of 10 - 40 percent of total software budget in the
first year alone.
In a nutshell, with Survey™ you can confidently track true usage and be sure that
your software needs and your software bills are optimized - so you
can stop gambling with your budget.