SaaS License Management and Optimization
for the Operation Professionals
Enterprise software licensing is a complex and daunting task…probably much more than you realize. It is safe to say, that if you ask any IT professional, you will find that very few have a handle on how much software is running on their systems and exactly who is using what. With new teams constantly forming and new projects emerging on a daily basis, realistically, how could they? While Enterprises truly want what is best for their organizations financially, it is inevitable that most companies struggle to maintain control over their software licenses.
Overspending, Under Utilization and Security and Compliance of Cloud Applications is Getting More Complicated
It has been found that companies are overspending on software by 30% to 60%. Oftentimes, software licenses are being purchased but never actually get utilized. IT tends to overcompensate and buys extra licenses just to “be on the safe side”. On the other hand, some may use unlicensed software, leaving themselves open to fines and real scrutiny when they get audited. In fact, using unlicensed software is illegal and exposes businesses to security threats including malware, ransomware, spyware and viruses. These issues are often compounded by mergers and acquisitions as organizations end up inheriting a wide range of untrackable software. It is a rarity when a company can say they are fully compliant regarding their software licensing.
Cloud Licensing Management Challenges
Although Cloud computing has cut the cost on the hardware side, since companies are now only paying for what they are consuming, many enterprises end up paying monthly subscription fees for resources they are only partially using. This is where a CFO might take notice of their IT department but not in the good way. They end up cursing the growing costs of supporting critical applications and having to pay for forced upgrades they don’t always want. From a security point of view, if companies are not sure what software they have, they risk having unmanaged and unpatched applications.