License Procurement Solutions: SAM strategies for better buying
Turbo charge your purchasing and contract negotiations with strategic licensing insights.
Software Asset Management turbo charges procurement by giving you the information you need for strategic purchasing and contract negotiations. Keeping your business on track requires insights into your software needs and contract options as well as strong vendor relations. Get all of this with a Software Asset Management tool, and start making strategic purchasing decisions, lowering costs, and strengthening your negotiating position.
Software License Management – whether on-premises or in the cloud – eliminates purchasing blind spots, making it faster, more efficient, and more responsive to business needs.
- Track trends and anticipate future software needs with usage data
- Find the right options for your environment using license simulations
- Gain transparency into your current agreements by maintaining a contract inventory to boost your compliance position and save time
Never again buy software licenses or subscriptions you don’t need, and partner with your most important vendors to get the contracts that will help you pull ahead of the competition.
Eliminate Procurement blind spots
The rapid pace of technological change can sometimes leave procurement with purchasing blind spots, and give vendors the upper-hand in purchasing.
A Software Asset Management tool puts you back in the driver’s seat when it comes to purchasing new software and negotiating contracts.
- Know what you have. Get transparency into your software environment, including a complete overview of all software products on-premises and in the cloud, contract data, and terms and conditions.
- Know what you need. Use trend reports and simulation of your licenses needs to make the right purchasing decisions over 3 to 5 year contact periods.
- Automate for adaptability. Receive automatic reports, so your company can react quickly and effectively to changing software licensing demands.
With a robust SAM program, Procurement can develop a strategy for more cost-effective software purchasing, identify needs, and stay ahead of the competition.
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Start negotiations in the pole position
Aspera’s solutions leverage your existing systems while adding the essential Software License Management piece. Built-in connectors integrate with your existing procurement processes, so you can streamline your purchasing for software, regardless of the backend ERP, purchasing portal, or spend-generating platforms that are used.
Then our SAM tools consolidate and normalize usage data, enabling you to drive contract renewal negotiations with major software suppliers, and to prepare for true-ups with greater efficiency.
With a Software License Management tool, you can achieve:
- An enterprise-wide inventory of all currently owned or leased software licenses
- A centralized consolidation of enterprise contracts that brings greater transparency
- Comparisons of licensing models that intelligently uncover the most cost-effective options
- Stronger vendor negotiation from knowing how many licenses to purchase and which models
- Trimmed maintenance agreements that reflect the actual license need and bring significant cost savings
- Compliance overviews to eliminate risk and over-licensing
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Procurement in the cloud
Buying software in the cloud can be great for your stakeholders because they get what they need when they need it – no wait times for purchasing and set-up, and easy, internet-based access –. But it can be a headache for Procurement.
Who owns the cloud?
If cloud services aren’t centrally purchased, then who has the overview, and who is responsible for maintaining the subscriptions and ensuring that they are needed? With a Software Asset Management solution, Procurement can see which business units are purchasing which cloud services and keep track of usage. More importantly, they can do this without restricting the flexibilities that cloud offers so stakeholders are still happy.
Strategic cloud purchasing
As more purchasing is decentralized thanks to the cloud, Procurement can use its resources to focus on strategy and not on fulfilling requests. With a Software Asset Management program in place, Procurement can eliminate redundant and unnecessary licenses purchases while ensuring the best contractual terms and conditions. It can use these insights to help business units find the right and most cost-effective software solutions, and maximize a company’s resources, creating strategic value.
Negotiating the future of your cloud
With a complete overview of usage, terms and conditions, and contract details, Procurement is prepared to work with vendors to find the right contracts for your company’s needs. Even if purchasing has been decentralized, Procurement still plays a decisive role in developing contracts that will cover all your company’s needs and keep costs low. Only a complete SAM solution can provide Procurement with the information and data it needs to work with vendors and find the best possible contracts.
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Focus on your most important vendor
- IBM has more than 100 license metrics and algorithms that change per usage situation. Get the insights to master the IBM compliance maze.
- Microsoft: Whether on-premises or in the cloud, Microsoft’s products are critical to your business. Plan your licensing strategically.
- Oracle’s licensing is both complicated and expensive. Know what you’re using and how to break free from the complexity.
- Salesforce drives your revenue, but the licensing and usage fees can add up quickly. Get more out of your Salesforce investment.
- SAP: Managing your relationship with SAP is the key to staying compliant and keeping your costs low. Untangle the indirect access knot.