In the Software asset management market, we have had software metering/usage in several tools for quite some time now. But what most SAM vendors call software metering/usage is in fact nothing else than how much your software is detected to have a running process on it in the Task manager, not how much it is actually used. Xensam provides this data as well. We call this Total usage. But we also provide data om how much you actually use the application. We call this Active usage.
Active usage enables cost savings in several ways. CAD software, cloud software and expensive office applications like Microsoft Project and Visio can be uninstalled and replaced with free software if the active usage is too low. Total usage doesn’t give the right picture of usage, on the contrary it manipulates the data.
With Xensam’s Active usage you can make better decisions on where to spend your money on cloud suites. Cloud providers often gives several choices and users with low Active usage can swap to a suite with less features and functions, like an Office365 E1 instead of an E3.
The real difference between E1 and E3 is that with E1 the user has to use Microsoft Office online, which means that files needs to be stored online either with SharePoint or OneDrive.
So, the first question that you should ask yourself before your organization moves to Office365 is if the organization is actually ready to make move at the given time. If it’s not ready, all your users will end up with E3 or E5 suites and you will pay more than you did before, but you will not use the capabilities of the cloud (what you actually are paying for) and you can’t utilize E1 and save money. It’s a lose-lose scenario.
With Xensam’s agent you will get the Active usage on all installed applications and you can evaluate how many users will need E1 and how many will need an E3 or E5 license. If you do this you can save up to $12 per month and user, $144/year and user.
You can use this for everything from whitelist/standardize applications, to cost savings for your heavily product divided CAD environment.
With the Next Generation of Software asset management, you can for the first time pay for what you are actually using and not for what is running as a process in your task manager (which is what you have to do with tools from previous generations).