Along with its people, software sits at the heart of every business and without it organisations would be immobilised. When you combine software deep-rooted in an organisation with the expense of its licences, it’s clear to see that software is a financial investment that should not be left unmanaged.
Key to the process of digital transformation is moving to the cloud, but to reach your objectives you need to clearly establish and understand your current position. Once you’ve established this you need to define your business objectives, goals and time-frames for achieving these objectives. In addition, you need to have the processes and controls to proactively manage software both on-premise and in the cloud.
Clarity, from Phoenix Software, provides a bespoke managed program designed to help you deliver against your objectives as well as provide transparency and control of your investment within the cloud.
According to leading consulting firm McKinsey, software is so pivotal to an organisation’s success it takes up 30% of an IT budget. Arguably more important however, is that Gartner’s research shows that most organisations overspend on their software licence requirements by up to 30% – so £30,000 per £100,000 spent on software is unnecessary – we think that’s a saving worth making.
The financial risks with software don’t stop there. Gartner also states that an organisation has a 63% chance of receiving at least one software audit request in the next 12-months and that the average cost is around £300,000 – not a nice surprise to be presented with. So, when you consider the financial investment in software and the risks associated with non-compliance, it pays for an organisation to be in control of their software estate. Clarity has been designed to help organisations reduce risk – whether it is financial, security related or operational.
Licence Optimisation and SAM
Clarity is based on License Dashboard’s License Manager Data Platform. With License Manager (which connects to any inventory tool), organisations can view software assets as they transition through the entire lifecycle – from purchase to upgrade to end of life.
With its easy-to-use reporting interface, authorised users can view software and licence inventories, licence entitlement and software inventory information while tracking usage data to reharvest expensive software licences. With this knowledge at your fingertips you will be equipped for contractual discussions around your annual Enterprise Agreement (EA) and software maintenance renewals.