Mar 03, 2015

Aspera customers honored again for outstanding implementation of software license management

BWI, TUI and Commerzbank win SAMS Award 2015

Boston, MA / Aachen, Germany - March 3, 2015 - Aspera congratulates this year’s winners of the 2015 SAMS Award competition, all of whom use Aspera technology and expertise for their software license management. BWI Informationstechnik GmbH was honored with first place for exemplary implementation of enterprise-wide software asset and license management strategies. Also receiving awards were TUI InfoTec GmbH and Commerzbank AG. The highlight of this year’s International Conference for Software Asset Management Strategies (SAMS) was the first prize being awarded to an Aspera customer for the third time, joining a long line-up of winning Aspera customers behind Deutsche Post DHL, Voith and Evonik Industries.

The following criteria were used by a panel of experts to evaluate the nominated companies’ performances:

  • Significant reduction of software costs
  • Implementation of and compliance with security policies
  • Prevention of over- and under-licensing
  • Reduction of overall expenses
  • Successful implementation of reporting solutions
  • Enterprise-wide coordination of software acquisition processes
  • Management of server licenses

BWI Informationstechnik GmbH took first prize at the SAMS Awards for its “ELIMA” project. A particular challenge of this project was to compile the complete inventory of client and server software under the highest security regulations. The success of the project is therefore noteworthy for the high inventory level (98%) for servers while meeting the requirements of Standard 19770-1. The optimization of the licensing demand ultimately resulted in a significant increase in cost-effectiveness for BWI. Claudia Frank from the license management group at BWI explained: ”through the licensing optimization of the operating environment, costs have been reduced by a factor of four.

The second place prize went to TUI InfoTec and their project "LiMa". Within 14 months TUI used SmartTrack by Aspera to successfully build a tool-based license management system, and subsequently has achieved a coverage of licenses equivalent to 90% of the enterprise-wide deployed software’s value. Thus, within a short time frame, a reliable and transparent information basis has been created for key software vendors such as Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and Adobe for TUI’s approximately 3,500 physical and virtual servers and 600 clients.

Commerzbank AG took third place with their project "Colima / SAM Microsoft". The company’s SAM cycle was defined in terms of processes and organizational structures, and has already been operatively established for the software manufacturer Microsoft. As a central license management tool, SmartTrack by Aspera was implemented and successfully connected to the company’s existing asset management systems.

Olaf Diehl, Managing Director of Aspera GmbH, congratulates the winners on their well-deserved awards: "BWI, TUI and Commerzbank have demonstrated Best in Class license management. We are pleased that our customers have received this recognition for their excellent work, and that we were allowed to support them even with difficult requirements in terms of complexity and security."

Aspera is thankful for their customers’ continued confidence and cooperation in successful software license management.

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