In the course of its operations, a business will enter into several license agreements. These licenses define how you can use a program, employee liability, and the rights of the program owner. A software license also highlights what you can do with the program and what would count as an infringement of the software copyright.
There’s no limitation on the number and type of software licenses that an organization can acquire. This solely depends on the pieces of software that you obtain and what application vendors you want to cover.
However, keep in mind that different software license types stipulate a list of terms that would lead to unplanned spending and unfavorable legal positions if not adhered to. This is where Software License optimization comes in.
What is Software License Optimization- SLO?
By definition, optimization is the process of achieving the best out of a system by making it fully functional, perfect, and as useful as possible.
In line with this definition, SLO refers to proactively managing an organization’s software estate. Software License Optimization focuses on getting the right types of licenses and managing each piece of software throughout its lifecycle. This helps in maximizing the utilization of assets and compliance with the terms of the licenses while minimizing unplanned costs.
Goes beyond Software Asset Management (SAM)
Software License Optimization is more than traditional IT Software Asset Management. While SAM asks, “what is deployed?” SLO evaluates how software licenses are being utilized. Software License Optimization is all about helping the employees use what they have and buy only what they need.
It brings the strategies and supportive tools that would enable an organization to leverage its rights to use the acquired software license types.
Notable Characteristics of Software License Optimization
- Relatively new and often ignored– the process of Software License Optimization was introduced in the IT community around a decade ago. However, it’s still relatively new in most organizations, as most of them are stuck with the traditional IT software asset management.
- Focus on expenditure– while it’s nonphysical, Software License Optimization views each piece of software as an asset. Thus, SLO analyzes how much an organization spends acquiring and maintaining its software estate while identifying ways to leverage its effectiveness and minimize unplanned spending.
- Continuous process– SLO is dynamic in that it evaluates the position of all vendors in an organization’s software license at all times.
- All-inclusive– an SLO system handles both traditional and modern desktop and software licenses from different clients.
This article was written by Nur ul Ain and originally published on WPArena.