Software Portfolio Rationalization drives business objectives and benefits rather than supporting an internalized IT architecture. It is the bringing together of Software Asset Management (SAM), Software Metering and Application Portfolio Management (APM) into a cohesive business service approach that delivers measurable, positive outcomes.
| Beware the Checkbox|
|Usage metering is an essential component of a Software Portfolio Rationalization project. However, it is tempting to view it in the same way as compliance reporting or customizable dashboards. However, including it as a single checkbox item, in a requirements list, will cause you to waste time evaluating tools that do not meet your needs. Metering the use of software for the purposes of optimizing the estate is as broad a church as Software Asset Management.||Applications that are installed on the desktop in the conventional manner represent a dwindling proportion of an organizations licensed portfolio. Any Software Portfolio Rationalization exercise must address web applications (internal and SaaS), virtual applications, hosted applications and licensable components, such as plug-ins and datafeeds, that are embedded in traditional systems.|
|How is the Money Saved|
| Benefits to Migration|
|The most obvious way savings are made is to ensure that at the next renewal of a maintenance or subscription agreement only the licenses you know to be in use by individuals are renewed. You’ll be stunned at how much lower this number is than your licensed number. Additionally, recycle unused licenses rather than buying new ones, and downgrade to reporting or viewer licenses for those employees that never create or update data in certain applications.||The simplest way to reduce the cost and risk of a migration project is to reduce the assets being migrated. When it comes to software, why migrate applications that aren’t being used? Automated software usage metering enables organizations to accurately determine which applications need to be migrated and whether the migration is an opportunity to migrate to a more appropriate edition.|
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