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

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

Software Asset Optimisation: Fast Track to Benefits

For today's slim-line IT management teams, it is worth summarising the fastest routes to benefits from expanding the original concept of a software audit to embrace other factors of software asset optimization.

Step 1: Basic Inventory

Executing a full Hardware and Software Inventory collection with AM Pro delivers immediate benefits, such as –

  • Knowledge of the true population of PCs and software.
  • The basis for planning software deployments and system upgrades.
  • Access to rich and accurate data for support and helpdesk staff.

Step 2: Software Licence Totals

Without needing to go into detailed data entry of individual historic licence purchases, the figure of total licenses owned can be entered directly (through the Application Library as well as the License Management module). This immediately delivers –

  • Summary compliance information – a very important short term objective for many organisations.

Step 3: Understand Requirements

Begin plugging in requirements as Package Policies. Choose the applications where you suspect there has been over-purchase in the past, simply though a lack of clarity of true requirements. This should reveal –

  • Inappropriate installations, representing opportunities for removal and/or redeployment of software.
  • Missing installations, potentially representing reduced user productivity.

In addition, you could choose to lay down a firmer foundation for all subsequent software purchases by ensuring they are based on a definition of requirements embedded in a Package Policy.

Step 4: Reveal the usage information

Often the last piece of information to be collected, this provides the ‘sanity check’ on your organization's purchase and deployment of application software. With costs under constant scrutiny, it is hard to claim to be in control of cost of PC ownership without knowing whether application copies are used.

For a freeware utility it may not be economically justifiable to be concerned, but for applications costing hundreds of dollars deployed on hundreds or thousands of PCs, the figures cannot be ignored.

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