Increase Business Efficiencies and Productivity
IT departments face severe budget restrictions and a growing list of strategic objectives—from software deployment projects around application virtualization, migrating to Windows 7 and 8 and facilitating self-service access to software to ensuring software license management best practices, software compliance and optimized spend—all geared towards increasing business efficiencies and productivity. The result of these pressures is driving growing interest in pay-per-use software licensing models that require IT to have greater visibility into software usage and entitlements.
Ensuring Software License Compliance
Software License Optimization adds a rigorous financial discipline to software asset management. With the power of centralized software license management, organizations can greatly improve their ability to ensure that the right users have the right software at the right time, they also can tighten the reins on software spend and use budget savings to further other strategic objectives. An Software License Optimization strategy can also ensure your organization is in continuous compliance with your software license agreements, providing unprecedented software license control.
Such a strategy will move you from reacting to ensuring proactive software license compliance by:
- Delivering the information required to ensure software audit readiness
- Providing the tools to complete software asset identification
- Helping you understand what you have purchased versus installed
- Providing vendor license position certainty
- Enabling you to manage virtual software licenses
Solving Windows 7 and 8 Application Migration Challenges
Many enterprises are in the midst of migrating to Windows 7, and others are already looking ahead to Windows 8. Application compatibility presents a number of challenges for migration to either of these operating systems. To address the challenges, IT professionals look to application readiness solutions that offer automated application compatibility testing, software packaging and application virtualization to accelerate and streamline the migration process. Windows 7 and 8 migrations significantly affect IT in terms of time, budget and internal reputation. Ensuring application compatibility and deploying applications for optimal performance and functionality is an essential requirement.
To simplify the management and deployment of applications, many organizations are combining Windows 7 migrations with application virtualization projects with the goal of an optimized desktop. IT organizations can smooth Windows 7 and application virtualization migrations as well as Windows 8 migrations with Flexera Software AdminStudio Suite, an application readiness toolset that reduces risk, time and costs by analyzing application compatibility and fixing issues. AdminStudio helps IT teams to develop clearly defined, trackable and repeatable processes for Windows and application virtualization migrations.
Facilitating Software Request Fulfillment through User Self Service
Business users are no longer satisfied with traditional software request processes. They want to order desktop applications at work just as easily as if they were downloading music, books or games at home. One of the ways enterprises are addressing this demand is by creating enterprise app stores that allow users to browse a catalog, put applications in a shopping cart, checkout and have the applications automatically delivered to their computers within minutes.
To adopt this self-service model, many enterprises are implementing Flexera Software App Portal, an innovative solution that enables on-demand software provisioning from an online app store while empowering IT with enhanced control of software assets. App Portal initiates the fulfillment process, including gathering all necessary approvals and submitting requests to deployment tools such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for installation.
The solution also offers strong software asset management capabilities that enhance IT's ability to ensure software compliance with licensing requirements, reclaim and recycle unused licenses and generate reports on software requests, approvals, installations and purchases. With these reports, managers can measure success and make sound decisions regarding software licensing and usage across the enterprise.
App Portal self service capabilities gives business people fast, easy access to the applications they need to be productive. What's more, it saves hundreds of hours of IT time by eliminating cumbersome processes associated with one-off software requests and automating the delivery of applications to users.
Reducing IT Spend
For enterprise IT, reducing IT costs is a constant priority. Software spend represents an opportunity to deliver significant bottom-line results. The budget for applications that cost millions each year and even more to upgrade and maintain (as much as 80 percent of ongoing IT budgets) is a prime area for cost control. IT, finance, and procurement should be looking to squeeze maximum value out of the enterprise software budget. But while applications have become strategic to the business and total investment in applications continues to climb, they are among the least well managed of all strategic business assets.
You can begin to control software spend and optimize licenses with a comprehensive Software License Optimization strategy designed to:
- Eliminate unnecessary software licenses and software maintenance fees
- Mitigate the risk of under-licensing software and failing a software audit
- Manage software entitlements so they provide the most value when and where they are needed
- Unify software purchases and software license contracts across the enterprise
- Accurately forecast and plan future software spend
- Conduct smarter, fact-based negotiation with software vendors
- Increase productivity and cut costs with an enterprise app store for requesting software
Software License Optimization centralizes software license management and extends software asset management at an enterprise level to deliver measurable IT cost reductions and software licensing control on a daily basis.