Over the last thirty years, the phenomenal growth in the use of computer software has created a new and significant asset management challenge. From many perspectives, including business efficiency, entertainment, information, research and science - software is a wonderful thing. But it is a very difficult asset to control and manage.
There are few businesses in the world today that can confidently assert that they know exactly what software is being used in their organizations, and what software they are legally entitled to use.
Why is the software asset so hard to manage? Software is subtle stuff – it can’t be seen, touched and handled in the same way as a physical asset such as a desk or a chair. Software is very easily copied. It’s a lot easier to copy a software program than to copy a desk.
A second contributing factor is the complexity of software licensing. It’s not well understood that when we “buy” a software program, we don’t then actually own the software. Software is intellectual property. Under copyright law, it is classified as “a literary work”. What we buy is the owner’s permission to use that software under certain conditions.
As a consequence, most organizations in the world today are in danger of legal and financial exposure due to non-compliant software, coupled with other security risks which accompany poor software asset management.
Large software publishers have to tailor license programs to suit organizations of all sizes, and with a wide variety of licensing needs. As a result, most license programs are complex and difficult to understand.
Modelling Software in an Organization
There are three ways of modelling the software in any organization:
The software (titles and versions) for which current, legal licenses are held
The software which is physically deployed within the organization
The software actually needed by the organization to run its business
These three can be represented diagrammatically as shown:
Attaining the Software Asset Management competency demonstrates Accordo’s expertise in software asset and license management. As part of our TeleSAM service we provide small and medium businesses recommendations to reduce the total cost of software ownership, improve operational efficiency and more effectively manage assets.
Attaining the Volume Licensing competency demonstrates Accordo’s knowledge of how customers should best acquire and managing software licenses. Our TeleSAM reviews provide customers explanations to identify area’s requiring attention and assist customers with their licensing decisions.
We provide a complete & comprehensive program for software publishers to engage with their customers.
We have services to promote the uptake of annuity contracts, and to encourage renewal at the time of expiry.
Accordo Group are well positioned to offer general software licensing advisory services.