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Software License Management
Software License Management (SLM) used to be about avoiding audits and penalties for being under licensed. But today, many organizations are over licensed and paying annually for maintenance and applications that are not used and sometimes not even installed. Of course it's easier to simply count the number of desktops, laptops and servers and purchase a volume licensing agreement from each major vendor that covers everything. But how much money are you wasting annually by doing this?
Many organizations also do not have an automated way to check the vendors' audit data. Prior to the audit, an organization should know it's license position, both installed and used products and license rights purchased. This is particularly important for server software, where the license is usually attached to a physical server, but the software is running on virtual guest operating systems. Many organizations also spend the majority of their software budget on server software, so it is particularly important to have accurate and up to date data on your server installations for Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAP and others.
Belarc's unique features for SLM
Belarc's products offer the following unique features to help manage and optimize your SLM task:
This is where a licensing tool such as Belarc's Data Analytics module can be very helpful, because it combines the discovered instances of software, with our customer's purchase records and the current product licensing metrics from the vendors. This also allows our end-users to run what-if scenarios to see what licensing scheme works best for their organization.
Please request our white paper, "Software License Management", which describes in detail the steps you can take to optimize license and annual maintenance costs, by sending an email to: email@example.com.