Software License Management

Software License Management: Achieve compliance and reduce IT costs

With software compliance rules getting stricter, it has become crucial for IT administrators to ensure that unlicensed software is not a part of their organization. Identification of unlicensed software during a software license audit will not only result in the organization shelling out huge amounts but it will also damage the reputation of the enterprise. Software license management entails the following:

  1. Up-to-date inventory of all applications used in a network alongwith the license purchased
  2. Ensuring that there are no unlicensed applications being used within the network
  3. Monitoring the usage of commercial applications to determine whether the licenses are being used efficiently
  4. Cutting down costs by uninstalling applications from systems where it is not being used
  5. Renewing licenses based on software usage statistics

Desktop Central's Software License Management feature empowers you to carry out all the above mentioned activities in just a few clicks and helps keep software licensing issues in your company at bay. Here's how:


What is Software License Management (SLM)?


Software license management is the process of managing licenses for the software installed within a network to optimize license usage, reduce IT expenditure and ensure license compliance at all times.

What are the advantages of Software License Management?

Software License Management has the following advantages:

  1. Helps reduce IT expenditure: According to Gartner, up to 20% of software owned by companies is never used. With an effective software asset management practice in place, you stand to reclaim 25-30% of your total software spending.

  2. Allows you to achieve and maintain compliance: According to this study, 69% of IT executives are not confident about being compliant with their software licensing agreements. With the recent increase in surprise IT audits, being non compliant will not only result in the organization shelling out huge fines, but it will additionally damage the reputation of the organization and might result in legal implications, which is highly undesirable. This can be easily avoided by having an effective software license management strategy in place.


How can Desktop Central help?

Desktop central's software asset management capabilities help automate inventory management for both hardware and software assets for all three operating systems - Windows, Mac and Linux. This software license management tool facilitates software tracking and allows you to manage licenses in just a few clicks, thus keeping software licensing issues in your company at bay.

Up To Date Software Inventory

Software License Management: Installed software report

Desktop Central scans the network periodically to detect new software installed/uninstalled within your network. This is done via differential asset scanning and hence allows you to stay up-to-date at all times without utilizing excessive bandwidth within your network.

Achieving Software License Compliance

In Desktop Central, you can record license information for commercial software used in your organization and the licenses are associated with installations within your network automatically. Desktop Central then scans and updates details like the application name, manufacturer, version, usage duration & time, and installation dates which can then be used to optimize the usage of licenses within your network effectively, all the while ensuring compliance.

Software usage tracking, software license management

Desktop Central helps simplify software license management using the following built in reports:

  1. License Compliance Report: This is a detailed report on the software that are in compliance, over licensed, and under licensed.
  2. Licenses to be renewed Report: This report provides the list of software whose licenses have to be renewed soon. Results can be generated for a specific time frame.
  3. Based on the software metering and the usage statistics, you can decide whether or not to renew the licenses.

Software License Compliance Alerts

You can configure email alerts and stay informed on the Inventory dynamics in your organization. Alerts can be generated to notify:

  1. Non-compliance of software licensing policy (over licensed or under licensed).
  2. When software is being used post its license validity.
  3. When the software license usage falls below a specified limit (75% by default).