Through our customers, COMPAREX has learnt how vital it is that they can keep a close eye on their software estates. With their one-year anniversary having arrived, meet our three Global Managed Services which have joined SAM2GO in our portfolio, and are being bought-into by our customers around the world
COMPAREX UK Blog Editor
Recent research from analysts IDC revealed annual software spending will surpass $600 billion by 2021. With the continuing adoption of cloud computing, much of this software will be Software-as-a-Service (SaaS); particularly as SaaS software can be purchased with ease by employees outside of the IT department.
With so much software deployed – both in the cloud and on-premise – it is increasingly difficult for organisations to keep tabs on the applications installed.
When all applications were run on-premise, it was relatively easy for organisations to keep track of the software used, but this is no longer the case, with companies increasingly migrating workloads to the cloud. Gartner forecasts that by 2020, 24% of enterprise IT spend will be cloud-based as businesses look to increase scalability, but reduce costs.
Without deep visibility into the software running on their cloud platform, businesses are exposing themselves to both security risk and unnecessary costs. As a result, it’s essential that organisations have the ability to monitor which employees are accessing which applications, and for what purpose. By monitoring their IT estate, companies can also track the performance of the platform and intervene to minimise outages, should bottlenecks occur.
This ability to track which employees are running what software is essential, because moving applications from an on-premise environment to a cloud platform can drastically affect the licenses required. For instance, many End User Licensing Agreements (EULAs) prohibit the use of a program in a public cloud environment.
Without visibility into where applications are being used, an organisation may be at odds with the licensing agreements without even realising, and find themselves obliged to repurchase the correct license at significant expense.
To help organisations overcome these challenges, COMPAREX has launched three new global services:
The Portfolio Management Platform optimises software costs by providing comprehensive visibility into the programs and licenses in use. This enables companies to avoid unnecessary purchases, cancel or reassign unused licenses and adapt subscriptions to usage.
Cloud Consumption Monitoring provides detailed data on cloud consumption, broken down by employee and department. This data can be used to create a forecast of cloud usage so companies can make an accurate projection of future costs, and budget effectively.
Finally, Unified Cloud Management enables organisations to manage the applications an employee can access, to bolster security. It also allows organisations to check the performance of the cloud itself to improve availability and to optimise efficiency.
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