A new concept of Best Practice in Software Asset Management with Vector Asset Manager Pro

By Colin Bartram, Director of Technology, Vector Networks (Page 1 of 7)

Contents

  • Preface
  • Extending Audit's Horizons
  • Optimizing Software Assets
    • Software Asset Optimization - What is it?
    • The Scope for Optimization
    • The Three Phase Optimization process
    • The High Level Business Drivers
  • How PC-Duo Enterprise Functions map to Software Asset Optimization
  • Data Gathering
    • License Requirements
    • License Ownership
    • Installation Inventory
    • Application Usage
  • Data Analysis
    • Grouping PCs for Analysis
    • Analysis Objectives
    • Analysis Facilities
  • Software Asset Optimization: Fast Track to Benefits

Preface

For many organizations, efforts to improve software management start with an audit which is driven by a concern to ensure license compliance and safety from prosecution.

However, this is a largely negative reason for investing time and money into an audit.

In contrast, a balanced program of pro-active software asset management procedures can provide most organizations with financial savings and improved user productivity.

An audit is essentially a closed exercise of counting installations and comparing the total with the licenses owned, whereas a pro-active management approach answers questions such as -

  • How many copies do we actually need of each application?
  • Is our installed software being used effectively?
  • Do we have spare licenses that we could re-deploy?
  • Which applications have been over-licensed and offer scope for savings on annual maintenance renewals?

With this emphasis driving your organization's activities on software asset management, the objective of license compliance will be supported as an important – but essentially spin-off - benefit.

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