Software License Optimization, Defined

Software License Optimization at its best provides unequivocal evidence to support software license recycling, and thereby reduce the number of licenses required. Software License Optimization relies upon accurate software usage metering of the installed software products. By identifying whether software packages are being used, and feeding that information back into the procurement cycle, Software License Optimization enable procurement professionals to make informed decisions about the follow-on purchase requirements for existing products.

As organizations grow the demand for more software licenses seems to grow to faster. This anomaly is largely due to software licensing occurring for packages that are already licensed but unused within the organization. It is very difficulty to harvest and recycle unused licenses, as many individuals refuse to acknowledge that they do not need the license allocated to them. Software License Optimization automates the determination of how often a particular application is being used, and to what extent, enabling IT to make accurate decisions that can reduce IT software costs.

Based on historic Software License Optimization data, Scalable Software has compiled a Software Asset Management Business Value calculator. Using your own data, it will show precisely where and what savings can typically be made when software inventory and software usage are metered accurately. It is not a ROI calculator—it is based on real data from real-world software usage—and it will help you model savings scenarios.