Sumo wrestling: a clash of titans crashing into each other during six annual honbasho (professional tournaments) in the race to be named yokozuna. Two huge figures too, with top-level wrestlers weighing in at 330 pounds (150kg) – each said to consume around 20,000 calories a day.
With sumo you get a sport that’s steeped in tradition – it goes back 1500 years. Equally, you get one that’s had to adapt to a lot of change in recent years:
Such changes have caused a clash of old versus new; between traditionalists and progressives; between the huge and strong (conventional), and the more nimble and athletic (Mongolian).
Look for a comparison in the world of IT, of two equal forces grappling it out for supremacy, and you arrive at the discipline of software management: Of subscription-based models facing off against more traditional license and maintenance arrangements.
That said, it looks like an uneven contest, as businesses increasingly move toward widespread adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS). Indeed:
As these numbers show, SaaS models are destined to become the next grand champion. But should we be throwing our legacy technology out of the ring as we race to the cloud?
For newer companies, designed from the ground up to be ‘cloud-native’ this is most likely a debatable point. But for long-established firms, the challenge is to become cloud-enabled first – and only then attempt the journey toward cloud-native.
This is a challenge nicely summarized by Cynthia Stoddard, CIO of Adobe, in an interview where she described her company’s modernization strategy. The key takeaways being:
Arguably the biggest issue however is the impact on software portfolio management when shifting to online licenses. With on-premise, organizations can centrally track and monitor usage – and to control what’s being deployed.
But this is not the case with SaaS, and the two distinctions it introduces into the mix:
It’s important to remember that SaaS is no different from any other type of software licensing. However, the actual process of software asset management (SAM) does need to adapt to stay relevant to the subscription nature of SaaS billing.
In fact it’s probably more or a realignment of SAM processes to ensure:
SaaS subscription models also impact the way SAM teams are viewed within the business. Instead of seeing IT spend as a one-time hit to budgets (and therefore a capital expenditure), SaaS billing falls into the operational expenditure bucket.
This causes a fundamental re-think of the objectives being set SAM teams:
But with SaaS the license metrics required to calculate consumption demands collaboration across the business:
Getting you championship ready
From on-premise to SaaS, the demand for outstanding SAM capabilities continues to grow. The ability to measure usage, ensure compliance, and ultimately to reduce cost and risk, makes the discipline an essential component to any modern IT strategy. To help, SoftwareONE offers a range of services and technologies to help boost performance.