Software Licence Management vendor Aspera held a “Cost Management” seminar in Frankfurt back in late March.
Their main take-away points for managing software costs in a recession are summarised below.
Increasing employee awareness is an important point because it really sends out a message that the IT Department are ‘doing their bit’ to save the company money.
- Procurement – Increase the utilization of existing assets e.g. purchasing updates instead of more expensive full versions
- Centralise Procurement if you have not done so already
- Capitilize – facilitate the full use of existing software, take advantage of free updates, offload those applications which are not required.
- Avoid demand based or ‘Just in Time’ Purchasing
Increase Employee Awareness and Sense of Responsibility
- Offer incentive schemes to employees for prudent use of software, be transparent about costs, apply a manager approval process for new software
- Offer Alternatives – free software, used software, rented / SaaS applications
Aspera repeat the event in Chicago on the 7th May, further details can be found here
About Martin Thompson
Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.
Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).
When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.
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