chapter  34

Software Management: The Practical Solution to the Cost-of-Ownership Crisis

WithPaul Davis

This chapter discusses how the emergence of software management tools is enabling IT managers to gain awareness of real software usage and to dramatically reverse the trend of rising costs of ownership. It suggests some ways to get started on implementing an effective software management program. Software management is a set of practices that optimize an organization’s software purchasing, upgrading, standardization, distribution, inventory, and usage. Good software management means a company is using its software assets in a manner that optimally supports its business activities, without spending any more than necessary. It helps companies save money, comply with license agreements, and gain new levels of network control and efficiency. Concurrent licensing allows users to share applications over a network, and requires the purchase of licenses equal to the greatest number of people using a particular application at any given time.