ServiceNow Launches Software Asset Management
Make Vendor Audits Painless and Under Reporting of Software Use a Thing of the Past
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Software license and maintenance costs account for nearly one-third of IT budgets and complexity goes beyond just the software installed on end-user devices. The growth of software-as-a-service means that organizations need to adopt a way to measure and manage consumption of cloud software, especially with the rise of shadow IT2. Adding to the complexity, some software vendors base their licenses on service capacity and other factors, which can be difficult to track when running on an array of public and hybrid clouds. In addition, most companies still manage their software by manually updating spreadsheets and hoping that they do not get audited by their vendors.
“As software drives greater innovation across the enterprise, it also
demands more strategic oversight and powerful levers to optimize its
ServiceNow Software Asset Management tames complexity by tracking commercial software throughout its entire lifecycle. This allows enterprises to:
- Automate software license spend. With Software Asset Management on the Now Platform™, organizations can take control of the software request and allocation process across the global enterprise.
- Get a real-time view of licensed software compliance position. Enterprises now can get a clear picture of all their licensed software and how they are being used. They can perform highly accurate normalization using more than a million normalization rules. This helps to identify license-relevant product counts when, for instance, multiple versions apply to the same license. Leverage the ServiceNow CMDB and pre-built Discovery Maps automatically to relate software entitlements to the correct software installations.
Take a proactive approach to reconciliation and remediation.
Software Asset Management reports license compliance issues by
reconciling contract information with the discovered inventory of
products against the contracts and reporting license compliance
issues. If a non-compliance issue is found, the software can initiate
remediation activities that continue in the same Now Platform, such as
the automated reclamation of a license by un-installing it from a
ServiceNowprovides current compliance positions across software publishers through interactive dashboards. Software asset managers always have up-to-date usage information on hand.
- Eliminate software waste and optimize license usage. Now software asset managers gain insight into employees’ actual usage of software. The system can identify when licenses are underutilized to make sure they are re-distributed to users who need them. If an employee leaves the company or changes roles, the system makes it easy to reclaim the license.
Current products on the market typically can identify licensing issues but do little to help businesses resolve them. ServiceNow Software Asset Management allows organizations to go beyond traditional reporting by providing remediation options to fix non-compliance within a single System of Action. It leverages data and automation capabilities already found in the Now Platform, including the CMDB, hardware Asset Management and Software Discovery. When combined with ServiceNow Application Portfolio Management, enterprises can expand to manage their home-grown applications, levels of utilization and cost of maintenance to avoid duplication and ensure that the preferred application and version is being used.
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ServiceNow Software Asset Management will be available in the third quarter of 2017.
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