Posted by aionol | 26 NOV 2017

Don’t Let Your Software Gather Dust On The Shelf – Incorporate An Efficient Software Asset Management Strategy

In many cases, organizations don’t know what software they own or how their users employ it, a common problem referred to as shelfware. A recent study found that an incredible 93% of organizations have some shelfware. More than a third waste around 21% of their IT budget on neglected software. There are a few ways you can […]

In many cases, organizations don’t know what software they own or how their users employ it, a common problem referred to as shelfware. A recent study found that an incredible 93% of organizations have some shelfware. More than a third waste around 21% of their IT budget on neglected software.

There are a few ways you can avoid shelfware, one of them is to incorporate a comprehensive software asset management strategy:

#1 Understand What Causes Shelfware In Your Organization

Here are some possible reasons users have opted to stop using a software:

  • In order to avoid conflicts with licensing agreements, the organization purchased more licenses than required.
  • Units within an organization purchased cloud software without the knowledge of IT staff.
  • Lack of communication between IT and other lines of business, resulting in new software that overlaps with existing resources.
  • Users stop using an application or move on to a different company, while the organization continues to pay for the software licenses.
Incorporate An Efficient Software Asset Management Strategy

Incorporate An Efficient Software Asset Management Strategy

#2 Keep An Open Dialogue With End Users

Gather feedback from users to determine the value of a software and services to an organization. This reduces the chances of a top-class application that is unused because users have not been trained or do not understand the value of adopting the new software.

#3 Regularly Negotiate Software Agreements

With the knowledge of user patterns, organizations can either terminate or negotiate contracts to eliminate shelfware issues.

Without a formal workflow, organizations fail to detect licenses that are unused. No business wants to spend their software budget on wasted or unnecessary resources.

Get in touch with us to avoid falling into this trap with shelfware and only purchase software that is applicable and useful for your operational needs.

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