Bringing Order to your Software Licensing Anarchy


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Software is expensive and license audits are inevitable. Organizations invest heavily in software solutions but cannot effectively manage their software portfolio. This leads to over purchase of software assets or being out of compliance with software licensing.

See how ScriptLogic Asset Manager can find what you have, track what you're actually using and show you the license compliance issues that are costing you money!

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Bringing Order to your Software Licensing Anarchy

  1. 1. Asset Manager<br />
  2. 2. What is Software Asset Management (SAM)?<br />“All of the Infrastructure and processes necessary for the effective management, control and protection of the software assets within an organization, throughout all stages of their life cycle.” According to ITIL Best Practice Guide – Software Asset Management<br />
  3. 3. SAM Optimization Model<br /><><br />
  4. 4. SAM By Role<br /><><br />
  5. 5. Why Implement a Software Asset Management Solution?<br />So you know what you have<br />Buy / renew only what you need<br />Use your assets effectively at every stage of their lifecycle<br />Maintain compliance with vendor agreements<br />
  6. 6. Are you at risk of an audit?<br /><ul><li>Do you know all the software that is installed on your Network?
  7. 7. Do you have software licenses for all software products installed on your PCs, laptops, and servers?
  8. 8. Are you confident that no employee has installed unauthorized copies of software?
  9. 9. Did you purchase all the software on your company network from an authorized vendor/reseller?</li></li></ul><li>What happens during an audit?<br />Business Software Alliance (BSA), a coalition of software companies that collects, investigates and acts on software piracy tips. Most tips to the BSA come from current and former employees of the offending companies.<br />Autodesk for example maintains a license compliance website featuring information on recent settlements with companies illegally using AutoCAD and other software. <><br />Example: July 20, 2010 BSA announced a settlement with Envios de Valores La Nacional Corp., a New York based money transmitter company serving more than 50 countries from the U.S. La Nacional paid $130,000 to BSA to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe, Microsoft and Sybase software installed on its computers.<br />Example: July 20, 2010 BSA announced a settlement with Starr Tours of Trenton, NJ (motor coach company). Starr Tours paid $70,000 to BSA to settle claims hat it had unlicensed copies of Microsoft software installed on its computers.<br />
  10. 10. Managing software assets without a paid solution – one option<br />Step #1: Write a script that uses WMI to collect software inventory data and insert it into a SQL DB<br />Step #2: Create a web app that displays the aggregated data and manual classification of each package<br />Step #3: Use Google to search and identify unrecognized .exe files<br />Step #4: Manually classify each software package<br />Step #5: Repeat Step(s) 3 &4 till all the software inventory is classified<br />Step #6: Create SQL reporting services to make final reports<br />
  11. 11. There is a Better Way<br />ScriptLogic Asset Manager uses multiple systems for finding all of the software on your network, and can automatically identify most of it, by analyzing the ‘software DNA’ against a database of over 90,000 applications <br />Asset Manager DNA built on Registry, Files and WMI information<br />6000+ new applications/versions added each month<br />15 Categories of software titles<br />Commercial, Freeware, Trial ware, Bundled, Hotfix, Shareware, Driver, Plug-in, Game, Services Release, Update, Proprietary, General Public License, Entertainment<br />Recognition of Software Bundles and Software Families<br />Supporting versions and language<br />Over 100+ pre-defined reports and a report wizard<br />
  12. 12. License Compliance Report<br />
  13. 13. Asset Manager Technology<br />Inventory Engine<br />Server Recognition Engine<br />Report Engine<br />15 Categories<br />90K+ titles and version<br /><ul><li>Asset Manager Agents
  14. 14. Windows</li></ul>Connectors/Services<br />Entitlement<br /><ul><li>Active Directory
  15. 15. SMS and SCCM
  16. 16. VMware ESX/ESXI
  17. 17. Citrix Xen/App</li></ul>Financial transactions<br />Purchasing history<br />Dashboard Dynamic Decisions<br />User defined dashboards<br />Contracts vs. Licenses vs. Usages<br />
  18. 18. Asset Manager Enterprise Functionality<br />Multiple Site Installation<br />Hierarchical Architecture<br />Distributed databases<br />Central database for aggregated view<br />Virtual Environments<br /> Hardware: VMware ESX<br /> Application: Citrix Xen Server<br />Deployment tools integration<br /> Microsoft SMS or SCCM solution<br /> No additional agent to deploy<br /> Support of heterogeneous environments<br />Support for Windows platforms<br />
  19. 19. Asset Manager Framework<br />Integration with Active Directory<br />Software Startup Prevention<br />Alarm and Notification<br />Asset Manager Framework<br />Advanced IT Asset Manager<br />Software License Manager<br />Metering Passive<br />Metering Active<br />SMS/SCCM Option<br />
  20. 20. Benefits from ScriptLogic Asset Manger<br />Very fast to implement<br />Installed in a few hours, 1 day for complex environments<br />Start collection data from day 1<br />Application inventory and application usage<br />User benefits<br />Reduced software TCO<br />Economies of Scale<br />Improved efficiency of support/help desk<br />Compliancy Reports<br />Help to set realistic IT budget<br />Allow internal invoicing based on software usage<br />
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