Spotlight on Software

With software taking up an ever-increasing share of an organisation’s IT budget, it is becoming increasingly important to manage, control and protect your software assets. Having great control of the software life-cycle process and understanding your license position can definitely help your organisation avoid unnecessary expenditure and potentially save money!

As a result, we’ve been busy this year developing our capabilities around helping our clients to manage and control their software estates.  We understand that the cornerstone of developing a Software Asset Management (SAM) strategy is to create an Effective License Position (ELP) i.e. understand what you have actually purchased versus what you are actually using versus what you actually need. It is also becoming increasingly more difficult to develop this multi-dimensional view as it contains aspects of commercial and technical information and can span assets that cover a wide and distributed estate.

To this end, earlier this year we launched our C3 Software service which is a suite of SAM services that can be delivered either as individual components or as a complete solution through Computacenter. Stage one of developing an effective strategy is to provide the visibility of the licenses that have been procured and acquired across the business. To cut the time and expense associated with developing this view, we have worked with one of our partners – License Dashboard to build this aspect as a “cloud” service where we have taken all of the pain associated with designing and staging the platform and turned it into a secure, accessible service that can be procured and used on a consumption basis . This easy-to-use deployment model and interface enables any organisation to start taking control of the full ISO/IEC 19770-1 Software Asset Management life-cycle without needing extensive, in-house license management knowledge or invest in significant infrastructure.

We think it is a service that many of our customers could benefit from and with the growing list of challenges in:

  • consumerisation
  • data storage & retrieval
  • mobility & remote working
  • workplace modernisation
  • and not to mention “the cloud”

The need for an organisation to develop an ELP that can cope with this diversity is only going to grow and we don’t believe that any other solution can  help build an ELP faster!

We’ve been delighted by the response to our service and while we are on-boarding our first clients we were also thrilled to win Innovation Partner of the Year  at the recent 2012 License Dashboard awards. If you are interested in learning more, you can read about our wider C3 Software solution approach in our online Briefing Guide here

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About Pierre Hall

Pierre is Business Line Director for Computacenter's Workplace & Software solutions.

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