Drei Best Practices um Softwarekosten um 30 Prozent zu reduzieren

  • Einsparungen für Unternehmen zu beträchtlich, um sie zu ignorieren.
  • Laut Prognose werden 2016 die weltweiten Software-Ausgaben 332 Milliarden US-Dollar erreichen.
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Viele Unternehmen können ihre Software-Ausgaben um mehr als 30 Prozent verringern, indem sie drei Best Practices für die Optimierung von Softwarelizenzen anwenden, so das IT-Research und Beratungsunternehmen Gartner. Die Schlüsselfaktoren zur Reduzierung der Ausgaben für Softwarelizenzen liegen in den Bereichen Anwendung, Konfiguration, Optimierung und Wiederverwendung von Softwarelizenzen sowie im Gebrauch von Software-Asset-Management-Methoden (SAM).

»Das Erreichen von Software-Einsparungen ist eine komplexen Maßnahme, aber die potenziellen Einsparungen sind einfach zu groß, um sie zu ignorieren«, erläuterte Hank Marquis, Research Director bei Gartner.


Gartner Says Organisations Can Cut Software Costs by 30 Per Cent Using Three Best Practices

Savings Too Large to Ignore as Global Software Spending Forecast to Hit $332 Billion in 2016

Many organisations can cut spending on software by as much as 30 per cent by implementing three software licence optimisation best practices, according to Gartner, Inc. The keys to reducing software licence spending are application configuration optimisation, recycling software licenses and by using software asset management (SAM) tools.

»Achieving software savings is a complex exercise, but the potenzial savings are just too large to ignore,« said Hank Marquis, research director at Gartner.

»Automated software licence optimisation is a relatively new discipline and most organisations are at lower levels of maturity,« said Mr Marquis. »The variety of licence entitlements also makes it tough for IT leaders to spot savings, especially in environments with many software publishers and titles. But it’s worth pursuing, as spending reductions contribute directly to the bottom line as gross profit.«

According to Gartner’s latest global IT spending forecast update, organisations will spend $332 billion on software in 2016.

In more than 800 Gartner client inquiries regarding SAM tools between May 2015 and March 2016, organisations with mature software licence optimisation processes that were automated using SAM tools reported reducing software expenses, on average, by 30 per cent within the tools‘ first year of operation.

Gartner said organisations can cut software spending using three best practices.

  • Optimise Software Configurations

Software from large publishers has complex use rights and is costly. The default configuration for most software is normally the most expensive for clients as well. This blend of complexity and high cost offers your best chances to cut spending.

IT leaders must look for savings in the configuration of software, especially data centre software.

»Such changes appear simple in hindsight, but they are not obvious, and your savings could be in the millions of dollars,« said Mr Marquis.

  • Recycle Software Licences

Recycling software licences is the recovery of unused license rights for reuse to avoid new licence purchases. Licence recycling will reduce software spending as well as support and maintenance costs.

Recycling requires strong process control. However, with many IT organisations at low maturity levels, most could cut their software spending by maturing their recycling and licence optimisation processes and building them into their daily IT operational activities.

Recycling requires metering to spot unused, underused or misused software. For example, a user may have a piece of software installed but never actually use it — or perhaps the user only require a viewer. SAM tools, and some client management tools, can provide this functionality.

  • Use SAM Tools

It is hard to optimise software spending because licences are so complex. Optimising complex licences manually is labour-intensive; it requires specialised knowledge and does not scale. Larger companies will need a SAM tool. A SAM tool can automate, accelerate and improve manual processes. It can pay dividends over manual alternatives, and can often pay for itself.

Gartner clients can read more in the report »Cut Software Spending Safely With SAM.«

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