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BBC Slashes SAP Licensing Costs

The BBC has reportedly reduced it’s software spend by using software usage data on SAP licensing.

Silicon reports that there were 2,126 staff members with licenses to use their SAP ERP system who had not logged in during a 3 month period, highlighting a potential  £300K ($450K) saving per annum.
BBC Reduces Software Spend Using Software Usage
The British Broadcasting Corporation plans to analyse software usage across other applications following the findings.

Ingredients Required To Repeat This Saving Exercise In Your Business?

  • A degree of confidence that you have collected an accurate audit of your entire IT estate
  • Software usage information for the target application
  • The corresponding license information
  • Perhaps most importantly – the correct license scheme to allow savings. The BBC made savings on annual spend – perhaps maintenance on the SAP licenses or a subscription license.

About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.

He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.

Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).

When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.

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One Comment

  1. Selva K says:

    First place to look for savings is by locking the users who have not logging into the system for X number of days. This should be run regularly. The Second step is to classify users based on license type. Step 3 is prevent users from multiple logons. 

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