Today’s software licensing structures are elaborate and complicated further due to the rapid change and increasing complexity surrounding the technical and business environment as a whole.
Organizations must not only track on-premises assets, but virtualization, hosting, outsourcing, on-demand, and new cloud product development, as well. All of these significantly increase the degree of difficulty in tracking software entitlements and deployment. Yet, when SAP license management fails, businesses face costs that are becoming increasingly tough to justify or afford.
Successful SAP license management involves detailed and often time-consuming self-evaluation at the outset. There are a number of different ways to do this – however, it’s always a good idea to start by performing a holistic evaluation of your purchased entitlements, your agreements made with SAP, your utilization and deployment numbers, and your business requirements.
Are your existing licensing contracts readily available? Have you performed any historical analyses of SAP deployments and licenses in order to optimize spending? If so, dig back into these records.
Try to determine not only the number and types of SAP licenses currently deployed across your company, but the number of active SAP users, number of potential surplus licenses that may need to be redeployed, and whether or not evaluations have been performed from both a compliance and an optimization perspective.
If you are unable to access all of this information or if any of it is unclear, it may be time to invest more time and resources into license management processes. Regaining control is entirely feasible – and now, with SoftwareONE and Snow Software, it’s even easier than you may have imagined.