Software License Optimization is the cornerstone of taking baseline data of software signatures and products and ensuring the right software is being used by the right people for the right reason. It one the most profoundly beneficial disciplines a progressive IT organization can undertake. Nearly everyone looks to avoid “shelfware,” but few fully appreciate the cost-burden it places on an organization and its prevalence. From user satisfaction to platform migrations, from license compliance to cost reduction; by identifying under-utilized software assets, software usage metering can positively impact a tremendous number of current IT initiatives.
The Essentials of Software License Optimization
Software Usage Metering for Today and Tomorrow
Software costs accrue through a variety of means. The traditional installed software item is only part of the puzzle. Software as a Service (SaaS), thin-client computing, and cloud based services all have the potential to create major cost obligations. Any software metering solution must be able to adapt to the changes in how applications are delivered, yet still provide sufficiently comprehensive native services to make the information actionable. Scalable’s Asset Vision Optimize delivers precise, activity based software usage metering at the level of detail needed to answer the most pressing questions of what software should you keep, what software needs to be harvested and redeployed as well as are the appropriate products assigned to the right level of user.
Genuine Use vs. Arbitrary Events
Instinctively we all know when we are using something; we interact with it in a meaningful way. And when we stop using it, we feel we benefited in some way from the experience. Genuine software usage metering must be able to identify such patterns. It is simply not enough to know whether a web site was loaded, an application launched or a database request made. This kind of event-based usage metering will always generate false positives, and is open to gaming. If an organization wishes to genuinely gain from the many benefits inherent in software usage metering, analyzing patterns of use with high levels of granularity and using specific algorithms are the only option.
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
Some metering solutions require that that you define the items you wish to meter ahead of time. Clearly there is a fundamental problem with this approach; if you are not looking for activity on a particular software asset, then when it occurs you’ll not be able to measure it. Effective software metering requires that all of the applications and systems are metered all of the time with negligible configuration. Of course this must be done with minimal overhead, both in terms of impact to the machine being metered and to the network.
Software License Optimization Summary
Metering of software cannot be treated as a check-box item. It is the critical element necessary to derive the data necessary to support the software license optimization needs of organizations of all sizes. Software usage metering provides the activity based data, when implemented correctly, combines low-overhead collection of comprehensive statistics with algorithmic analysis. The value of effective software metering makes those organizations that have implemented it wonder why they waited so long.
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