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Save Costs on Autodesk Software thru Metering

Save Costs on Autodesk Software thru Metering | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Open iT provides a suite of software asset management tools to help companies track and manage license usage and compliance.
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Predictability is key in saving on software licensing costs. In order to predict future software expenditures, IT managers need to know exactly how many Autodesk licenses are actually being used at any given time. To take full advantage of the options provided by Autodesk, IT managers also need to track when and how these licenses are being utilized throughout the whole enterprise. They need a usage metering tool that is flexible enough to track Autodesk licenses, whether the licenses are standalone or networked, perpetual or subscription-based.

- See more at: http://www.openit.com/save-costs-on-autodesk-software-thru-usage-metering/#sthash.FY1mBVhl.dpuf

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Open iT, Inc. - Timeline Photos | Facebook

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Software asset management can be used as a strategic advantage to improve productivity. See how >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MauEaOg3OJQ
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Open iT, Inc. - Timeline Photos | Facebook | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Do you have a software asset management tool in place? Go beyond compliance; focus on how to optimize licensing and application usage. >>...
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Do you have a software asset management tool in place? Go beyond compliance; focus on how to optimize licensing and application usage. >>http://www.openit.com/software-asset-management-products-by-open-it/license-optimizer.html

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Calculating Actual Application Usage From License Usage Data

Calculating Actual Application Usage From License Usage Data | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
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When monitoring licenses through a license manager, a one-to-one correspondence between the applications bought and the individual licenses delivered by the vendor may not always be true. Often, many of the application in a suite will share individual licenses and only the combined “set” of licenses identify a particular application.

>> http://blog.openit.com/calculating-actual-application-usage-from-license-usage-data/

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SystemAnalyzer™ Meters CATIA Software Thru Special Module Logging Feature

SystemAnalyzer™ Meters CATIA Software Thru Special Module Logging Feature | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
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Open iT LicenseOptimizer can recapture and redeploy unused or inactive license to active users so that CATIA licenses are automatically and efficiently managed.

>> http://blog.openit.com/open-it-licenseanalyzer-meters-catia-software/

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LAUNCHING A SUCCESSFUL SAM PROGRAM TO DRIVE COST REDUCTION

LAUNCHING A SUCCESSFUL SAM PROGRAM TO DRIVE COST REDUCTION | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
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More and more business organizations realize the rising costs and risks related to expanding software usage. Many top corporations around the world are beginning to invest in an efficient Software Asset Management (SAM) program in order to take control of these growing costs and negative possibilities.
An important challenge for a successful SAM implementation is for the organization to go beyond simple compliance. It is not enough to achieve license compliance; the ultimate goal is to have a SAM tool that focuses on how to optimize licensing and application usage.

>> http://blog.openit.com/launching-a-successful-sam-program-to-drive-cost-reduction/

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The Hands-on CIO: Driving Innovation while Keeping the Lights On

The Hands-on CIO: Driving Innovation while Keeping the Lights On | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
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Chief Information Officer (CIO) is commonly defined as the person responsible for providing and managing the IT needs of the company. That job description doesn’t fit anymore as CIO nowadays doesn’t just lead the way to make things easier but they also fix things at the same time. We call them the “hands-on CIOs”, and sometimes we mistakenly identify them as the “IT guy” who we always call when we have that dreaded-blue-screen-of-death on our monitors, when our mouse cursor is running around in places, when we need an anti-virus installed, so on and so forth.

 

 >> http://blog.openit.com/the-hands-on-cio-driving-innovation-while-keeping-the-lights-on/

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Green IT

Green IT | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Open iT software license asset management solutions for cutting wasteful hardware and software makes sense for Green IT.
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A medium size oil and gas company had more than 350 high-end Unix workstations in their upstream department. These workstations were billed for each computer operated by the IT service provider, which proved to be costly. Management thought they easily could cut the number of workstations down to around 100 computers by requiring occasional users to run applications through terminal servers, instead of having their own workstations.

>> http://www.openit.com/greenit.html

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Are you Spending Too Much on Software Licenses?

Are you Spending Too Much on Software Licenses? | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
“Dept. of Veterans Affairs spent millions on PC software it couldn’t use[i]”, according to a recent report by Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica.
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It was reported that they purchased 400,000 licenses for Symantec's Guardian Edge encryption software, leaving more than 84 percent of those licenses—worth about $5.1 million, including the maintenance contracts for them—uninstalled. This news shouldn't come as a shock to anyone who knows their way around managing IT assets. But the truth is, even well-managed IT departments can make software purchasing blunders. Why? Because most organizations spend too much on software they don’t use.


>>http://www.openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/550-are-you-spending-too-much-on-software-licenses.html

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Harness the Value of Software Asset Management

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Increase your negotiating leverage with software vendors, with reports introducing low and high usage watermarks. You can adjust contracts and use pay-per-use agreements based on documented actual software usage, to match the number of licenses you really need.
Having a centralized licensing process also allows organizations to apply for additional incentives such as volume discounts for new software licenses, and software usage metering and reporting tools help you plan effectively before you buy.

 

http://openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/546-harness-the-value-of-software-asset-management.html

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Four Ways to Future-proof your IT Budget

CIOs are responsible for the performance of their company’s network infrastructure and for getting the most value out of each IT asset.

 

But as technology infrastructure budgets tend to be flat, CIOs are facing ever-increasing pressure from staff and execs to do more with fewer resources.

 

So before big budget cuts get made, now is the time for smart CIOs to inform senior business and IT execs which factors drive up IT costs, and partner with them to make changes for balancing cost reduction and innovation. Here are four ways to reduce IT costs more effectively:

 

http://openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/504-four-ways-to-future-proof-your-it-budget.html

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Breaking the CFO/CIO barrier

Senior business executives’ goals include completing projects on schedule, while driving down overall costs. To be able to accomplish both of these business objectives, CIOs must deliver IT services supporting these goals. CIOs, often called visionaries, may push for initiatives they believe could transform the company. CFOs, often more conservative, might not agree with these ideas, suspecting CIOs of devising faith-based, unfeasible, immeasurable projects.

 

http://openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/541-breaking-the-cfocio-barrier.html

 

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Aligning IT with Business: Effective Change Management

Change management is not a one-way street, and resistance to change may produce chaotic situations. But business leaders, by analyzing organizational IT resources, can implement fast and effective transformation. With more control resulting from a greater awareness of issues, managers can take actions which encourage better performance by employees. Measures such as reinforcing effective behavior and incorporating best practices leads to smarter utilization of resources, increased user productivity, improved ROI, and reduced costs, without cutting projects or jobs.

 

http://openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/179-aligning-it-with-business-effective-change-management.html

 

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IAITAM Preview: Strategic License Management in the Virtualized World

IAITAM Preview: Strategic License Management in the Virtualized World | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Ultimately, in a virtualized environment license costs should only be applicable when a program is actually loaded or used by a user.
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Implementing an Effective IT Chargeback Process

Implementing an Effective IT Chargeback Process | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Open iT is a software asset management tools for monitoring compliance and optimizing software assets.
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IT chargeback can be a very powerful tool for managers to control the increasing IT costs of their organization. However, without proper implementation, IT chargeback mechanisms may be deemed controversial within the organization, or sometimes even downright unpalatable. If handled poorly, IT chargeback can create misunderstandings between the IT departments and its internal customers, or even between managers who are directly responsible for their respective department budgets and their direct reports who use and consume IT resources, causing IT costs to increase.

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EMPOWERING PROACTIVE SOFTWARE USAGE MONITORING THRU EMAIL ALERTS

EMPOWERING PROACTIVE SOFTWARE USAGE MONITORING THRU EMAIL ALERTS | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
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Open iT has recently developed a new way to manage and monitor software usage by adding Email Alerts as a new feature of the system.

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Open iT Unveils its Latest Innovation: LicenseAnalyzer™ Mobile Application

Open iT Unveils its Latest Innovation: LicenseAnalyzer™ Mobile Application | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Open iT provides software asset management tools to help companies to track and manage license usage and compliance.
Open iT, Inc.'s insight:

The days of simple, marketing-focused mobile apps are waning. Great mobile experiences require a native application supported by what Forrester calls “systems of engagement.” These systems help companies to empower customers, partners, and employees to act immediately in the context of their daily lives and work.
Wanting to create superior customer experience and help more clients to accelerate business processes, Open iT releases its very first version of LicenseAnalyzer Mobile Application -- a new feature included in Open iT Version 6.3 designed to empower employees to be productive on the go.

 

>> http://openit.com/latest-news-about-open-it/457-open-it-unveils-its-latest-innovation-licenseanalyzer-mobile-application.html

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Use IT Budget as a Management Tool

Use IT Budget as a Management Tool | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Open iT, Inc.'s insight:

The most important information in any right-sizing exercise, however, is knowing exactly your current usage pattern. With clear trends in usage, you can argue for the changes that are necessary in order to comply with your new budget and get the innovation and change you need. Open iT Software can provide you with accurate and reliable information about your enterprise-wide usage, both on the server and desktop side. With fully customizable and integrated reporting tools, Open iT delivers unparalleled flexibility in usage reporting, which will provide you with the best and clearest picture of what steps are needed in order to move to your next budget-year. With facts on the table, you are better equipped for any decision and communication, both internally in your organization and externally, you can manage change more effectively.

>> http://blog.openit.com/use-it-budget-as-a-management-tool/

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Open iT Reports that Add Value to Business

Open iT Reports that Add Value to Business | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
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Establishing IT performance metrics has always been a complex and difficult task for today’s CIOs. It requires manual collection of data, software customization, detailed analysis, and lengthy reporting. Along with its complexity is proving its business value to the stakeholders, determining which data to be used to measure IT’s worth in an enterprise.

 

It’s a fast changing world wherein it always matter that the improvements are visible. CIOs and any business leader don’t just need to stay in tune with the times rather stay ahead of the curve, and be able to allocate and align their capabilities to what the business really needs and what makes it better.

Learn more on how you can transform IT metrics into business benefits. Generate IT metrics the easy way.

 

http://blog.openit.com/open-it-reports-that-add-value-to-business/

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Harness the Value of Software Asset Management

Harness the Value of Software Asset Management | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
Software is constantly evolving, and the more expensive and complex systems and applications become, the more benefit an organization gains from implementing a software asset management solution to help deliver the right mix of technology supporti...
Open iT, Inc.'s insight:

Increase your negotiating leverage with software vendors, with reports introducing low and high usage watermarks. You can adjust contracts and use pay-per-use agreements based on documented actual software usage, to match the number of licenses you really need.

Having a centralized licensing process also allows organizations to apply for additional incentives such as volume discounts for new software licenses, and software usage metering and reporting tools help you plan effectively before you buy.

 >> http://www.openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/546-harness-the-value-of-software-asset-management.html

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The CIO Resolutions: 6 Powerful Ways to be a Better CIO in 2013

The CIO Resolutions: 6 Powerful Ways to be a Better CIO in 2013 | IT and Software Asset Management | Scoop.it
It’s that time of the year again where we look back and assess the changes we need to make; listing it down as entries to the famous New Year’s resolution.
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Unsurprisingly, for most us, topping the list is to free the body from unwanted fats by means of a balance diet and regular exercise. The same idea applies for CIOs: finding the balance and exercising better choices in IT asset management.

It is hard to keep up with these changes we want to pursue, but then again this is an opportunity for organizations to require new ways to overhaul their budgeting and planning processes and to make all necessary preparations to begin the New Year geared for success.

If you’re still thinking about your business resolutions, then you can surely complete them with these CIO Resolutions listed below:

 

>> http://www.openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/551-cio-resolutions-6-powerful-ways-to-be-a-better-cio-in-2013.html

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Saving Money with Green IT

Many companies have had a long, tough haul since the economic downturn started 5 years ago. Much of the focus on the environment has died down as concerns about surviving the crisis, with tough measures such as cost-cutting, downsizing and lay-offs, have preempted concerns about global warming and efforts to mitigate its causes. Yet what executives may not know is that Green IT measures can save companies money without much of an investment. Savings start by economizing resources already in-house, by seeing how to use them more efficiently and reducing waste. For example, the software company I work for recently needed to replace our servers to improve efficiency. With swapped our old machines for new, much more energy efficient ones, and immediately reduced our power bill by 50. We didn’t throw away the old servers but instead recycled them for use elsewhere.

 

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3 Reasons Why You Should Track IT Assets

Asset management: it's a phrase no one wants to say out loud. For most CIOs it means they have to cut back their IT spending, forcing them to do more with fewer resources. However, asset management is not only about reducing IT costs.

 

IT systems are often perceived as costly investments, but managing these systematically will help reduce IT costs and help squeeze more value out of each IT asset.


The road to economic recovery may be on its way, but the demand to reduce costs will always persist. Change is inevitable in complex IT environments, and provides an opportunity to improve the performance of IT assets to meet the competing demands for reduced costs and improved quality.

 

http://openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/542-3-reasons-why-you-should-track-it-assets.html

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Chargeback: Transforming IT Costs to Profits

Are you spending too much on IT? This question has vexed IT managers over the past few decades, and is still being asked today. Cost-cutting initiatives have gained prominence during the recent economic downturn, and demands to reduce costs have persisted.


IT systems and infrastructures are often perceived as costly investments, and their business value can be difficult to prove. As a result, CIOs often get a budget inadequate for effectively getting the most value out of each IT asset, and for supporting employees’ productive use of these assets. One issue compounding the problem is that new software license purchases and upgrades are often based on estimated headcounts, causing the organization to overspend.

 

http://openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/500-chargeback-transforming-it-costs-to-profits.html

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Lean and Green IT

Technological innovation and structural change will help companies adapt and grow, and create new ground rules. Legislature alone cannot create change but can help solution providers compete. In the new paradigm, as material is increasingly replaced by intelligent services, industry will move from producing disposable technology towards sustainable IT, with customer experience and satisfaction as quality factors. We will see greater industrialized reuse and recycling. Green IT initiatives supporting these trends already exist, but will be used by more businesses looking for an economic advantage while lightening their CO2 footprints.

 

http://openit.com/sam-blog-open-it/view/5-lean-and-green-it.html

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