You can´t change what you don´t know. 90% of license purchasers can´t say with certainty how much functionally-identical software they actually have at the company. It’s very difficult for them to answer questions such as:
- How many different software programs are in use?
- How many vendors are in use?
- How much software is used that has same functionality?
It’s easy to understand why these questions are hard to answer. Their analysis methods don't provide this information, so they can’t make educated decisions about consolidating functionally-identical software. What would really help them is if they had a way to get greater insight into the software currently available at their company, as well as its respective functions, in order to compare various consolidation approaches.
Remember that Marketing department from our earlier example – the one that requested new software, saying the current programs didn’t suffice? By understanding the functions of available software, your conversation with Marketing about the various programs would be on a level playing field, rather than you having to rely on their justification of the software requests. Beyond simply not having to purchase additional programs, these insights also give you more leverage internally to determine which software could be uninstalled and no longer purchased. These savings would benefit both your company and yourself in reaching your goals.
With better insight into functionally-identical software, you can maximize your savings potential through consolidation and make educated decisions based on data and facts.