Gartner Research

How to Recycle Licenses to Optimize Software Costs

Published: 10 March 2015

ID: G00271540

Analyst(s): Stewart Buchanan , Victoria Barber

Summary

Three principles underpin the recovery and redeployment or reuse of software licenses through the recycling process. They enable software asset managers to reduce shelfware and gain control of software spending in their organizations.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Build License Recycling Into Existing BAU Processes to Improve the Experience for End Users and Ensure Their Participation in the Recycling Process
    • Why Would I Have More Licenses Than I Need?
  • Assess Suitability for Recycling on a Product-by-Product Basis by Checking License Agreements and Governing Vendor Policies
    • How Do I Know Whether I Have Spare Licenses?
    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Build License Recycling Into Project Management Methodologies to Improve Demand Management
    • Create Pools of Licenses for Reallocation
    • Build Recycling Into the License Request Workflow
    • Build Recycling Into Project Management Methodology
    • Work Across Organizational Silos

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