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Cost reduction capability using ECM v8.0

Managesoft : 04 December, 2008  (New Product)
Enterprise Compliance Manager 8.0 from ManageSoft enables companies to avoid costs through over-licensing
ManageSoft has announced that its new Enterprise Compliance Manager (ECM) version 8.0 software has been released. This new edition will enable enterprises to achieve up to seven figure savings on their IT spend within 90 days of implementing ECM. Aggregate savings comes from three areas of concentration including reducing new software purchases, squeezing maintenance renewals and compliance before audits.

Unlike software asset management tools that stop short at software inventory and application recognition, ECM goes to the next level by accounting for software publisher usage rights, importing purchase order data, and measuring the actual use of applications. This superior reconciliation allows license optimisation across software publishers to uncover latent savings.

ECM's three-pronged attack on IT spend, starts with reconciling purchased versus installed software in an IT estate to determine unlicensed applications and eliminate shelfware. The second foray examines software usage data to expose where purchased applications are installed, but under-utilised. Licenses can then be reallocated to defer new license purchases. The third and most powerful assault on over-spending is optimisation against the software publisher's license terms and conditions to take full advantage of usage rights and eliminate over-licensing.

"In this challenging economic climate, companies need tools like ECM that can reconcile many data streams and apply complex licensing rules to dramatically reduce IT expenditures," noted Alan Swahn, ManageSoft's vice president of marketing and business development. "The definition of effective software asset management must be expanded to include license and contract optimisation, where ManageSoft uniquely stands out."


ECM 8.0 has several new options that are firsts in the SAM industry — support for Oracle database license management, a VMware server Virtualisation option, and a 100,000+ purchase order Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) library. The Oracle option provides discovery and inventory of Oracle database instances and options across an estate to provide data to the ECM license compliance engine. The VMware feature automates discovery and inventory of VMware ESX and VirtualCenter servers, collects inventory for all the related virtual machines, and applies license entitlement rules. The SKU library normalises purchase order data so that each line item is recognised as a specific version and/or edition of a software application or suite. It also automates the process of linking purchase order data to software inventory data to determine purchased versus installed compliance.
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