The Data Dilemma: Doing the Cloud Jigsaw
This white paper explains how deep and thorough data ensures that cloud licensing is compliant and avoids financial risk. By looking at two use cases, we see how data concerns such as capacity management and right-sizing make cloud migration easier and more cost effective. You will learn how to choose the right strategy for your company’s cloud migration: Bring Your Own License (BYOL) or subscription models.
Adopting new technologies comes at the expense of solid strategy. For license management, this means finding ways of saving money, remaining compliant, and being flexible while moving to the cloud. It’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the picture will be. How do you know where to put the pieces?
Luckily, there is a solution. A solid understanding of your cloud data provides the foundation for long-term Software Asset Management (SAM) strategy. Data has always been a critical piece of the SAM puzzle. As software migrates to the cloud, the data relationships change and SAM has evolved to handle that complexity.
By looking at two use cases, we see how data concerns such as capacity management and right-sizing can make cloud migration easier and more cost effective. By knowing what you have and when and how you use it, you can choose between the two dominant cloud licensing models: Bring Your Own License (BYOL) and subscription services.
Finally, having a complete understanding of your environment as well as the business drivers for moving to the cloud help you to develop long-term SAM and cloud licensing strategies.
Introduction: Use Data to solve the Cloud Puzzle
In a perfect world, technology transitions would be clean and quick, and new processes would be implemented seamlessly. There would be no information gaps. There would be order, and it would be good. But change happens before we have time to comprehend it, let alone plan for it. Companies adopt new technologies faster than they can integrate them into their business and organizational strategies. It’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the picture will be. How do you know where to put the pieces?
We see this particularly when we move software to the cloud. To meet their sales needs, business units acquire their own cloud software licenses. But in the process, central IT loses the ability to set procedures for transitioning to cloud licensing and to plan strategy for Software Asset Management (SAM). How then does the SAM manager ensure that a company’s software resources are maximized and costs are minimized? By using good data—which are the puzzle pieces—that manager can figure out what the puzzle picture should be.
This white paper explains how deep and thorough data is what a company needs to ensure their cloud licensing is compliant and avoids financial risk. It will assist in deciding between two very different strategies for cloud migration: Bring Your Own License (BYOL) or using subscription models.
In the Beginning, there was Data
When the Year 2000 compliance issues were raised in the late 90’s, Software Asset Management didn’t even have a name. It was really hardware asset management, and its challenge was to discover and identify what hardware was there.
Software discovery and software licensing were the next steps in the evolution. Then came more complex elements such as servers, datacentres, and virtualisation. Most recently, usage, harvesting, and optimisation have become part of the approach. Each evolution has required more data.
Now SAM is moving into the cloud as its evolution takes another step. And each time SAM evolves, so too does its need for data.
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