Irish companies can save thousands on software
costs, says OpenPlain
LicenseMetrics identifies unused applications and determines the
most efficient licensing model, saving an average of 25%
5th February 2010, Dublin, Ireland: With most organisations looking to cut costs Openplain, the Irish producer of workplace analysis software, has today launched LicenseMetrics, a new solution that can cut software costs by up to 25 percent.
LicenseMetrics allows organisations greater insight into their use of software and locates overlaps in how applications are used by staff. It can also determine the most efficient use of software licenses in order eliminate waste and reduce unnecessary spending.
While traditional Software Asset Management systems simply report what software is installed throughout the organisation, LicenseMetrics immediately identifies whether that software is being used or not.
“Almost every organisation – from SMEs to multinational conglomerates – will have accumulated unnecessary licences for redundant and under-used applications,” said Jon Mulligan, MD at Openplain. “Whether it’s the upshot of acquisitions, mergers, business strategy shifts or simply the fallout from years of maintenance, these licences add little or no value to a business – and more often than not are a silent drain on finances.”
LicenseMetrics helps CIOs better understand the myriad of software applications licensed to each company. It delivers the necessary insight to decrease IT expenditure by:
· assisting informed decisions. CIOs no longer have to solely depend on staff feedback to understand how software is used, as LicenseMetrics helps organisations see how to reduce software license expenditure without employee input;
· offering accurate metrics on the software installed on each CPU, how it is being used, by whom and for how long. This gives IT managers the insight to reduce the number of software licences on a case-by-case basis;
· allowing managers to see what software could be used on a concurrent or streamed licence basis rather than spending money on large numbers of per-seat installed licenses; and
· giving IT departments a complete overview of departmental purchases. This prevents multiple teams spending their IT budgets licensing on the same applications, and reduces the risk of functionality overlap.
“While Software Asset Management technology serves its purpose to a degree, it fails to offer the level of information needed to make truly smart decisions about software purchasing,” concluded Mulligan, MD of Openplain. “LicenseMetrics fills that gap – offering a comprehensive summary of usage patterns that enables a better assessment of those software licences that are no longer required, and which could be bought on a more affordable basis.”
LicenceMetrics is available either online or on-premises. For more information on LicenseMetrics, please visit: http://www.openplain.com/licensemetrics/product-overview.html
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Openplain is an award winning Irish company based in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC). Founded in 2006, with the support of Enterprise Ireland and the AIB Seed Capital Fund. It is the only Irish provider of IT software to track and analyse employee productivity and computer activity. In 2008 the company was the winner of Inter Trade Ireland's All-Ireland Seedcorn Business Competition; and also won first prize at the Docklands Innovation Park Awards.
It currently has 80,000 users of its software in 89 countries including the USA, Japan, Brazil, Russia, China, UK and 10,000 in Ireland alone. With over 80,000 users worldwide, Openplain helps organisations to significantly reduce labour costs, increase efficiency and boost workforce collaboration by providing accurate metrics on employee and software activity in an open, inclusive and collaborative manner. In tests, Openplain’s software has increased organisational productivity levels by 7-15%. For more information, please visit www.openplain.com
Openplain's two main products are OfficeMetrics, which tracks employee performance and productivity through computer usage, and also LicenseMetrics, which analyses a company's usage of software and licensing. For more details please see: http://www.openplain.com, http://www.officemetrics.com