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Fortune 500 Industrial Conglomerate Identifies Usage Patterns and Cuts License Costs by 30%

Metering Software Usage Enables Right-Sizing of Licenses and License Matching of Entitlements to Users

Highlights

  • A Fortune 500 conglomerate realized the importance of negotiating vendor agreements based on actual usage instead of estimated usage.
  • Open iT’s capability to monitor and track software usage in different locations and across multiple platforms enabled them to identify user trends throughout their organization.
  • They were able to right-size their licenses and reduce costs by 30%.

Business Overview

A large industrial conglomerate involved with, among other things, energy and light metals, wanted to assess how its computer resources were being used, in order to better manage its IT expenditures. With a complex IT infrastructure distributed in multiple sites around the globe, getting a system-wide overview of its resource usage patterns and needs seemed a formidable task. Read further to see how they reduced license costs by 30%.

Business Challenge

Management was aware that accurate and comprehensive knowledge of IT and usage patterns could potentially yield enormous savings for software licenses alone. One problem area of increasing costs was in database software. Worldwide, the company had around 30 different license agreements with their database suppliers. These agreements were based upon estimated usage, while actual user statistics remained unknown.

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