Are you paying too much for your enterprise software licences? It’s a question that many organisations should be addressing but are not. Enterprise software licence agreements are supposed to provide the cheapest price point for bulk purchases of software, but is that true? Enterprise Times talked with Brent Angus, VP, Global Software Services at NTT Ltd, to understand the problem and the solution.
ET asked Angus if enterprise software licences were still delivering savings. Angus commented: “The analysts are telling us that most companies are paying too much, they’re paying up to 30% over. But the scary thing is quite often, if you look inside a specific company, they’ll pay 60%, too much for one licence, and 30% too little for another licence.”
The danger here, Angus continues, is: “They’re still at risk of getting taken to court because they’re not paying enough for the software that they are using.”
So what is causing this problem? One cause is the move from point products to platforms and suites. It is creating an increasing overlap between vendors, and customers are paying twice for the same functionality. However, it is not the only cause. Angus points out that hardware vendors are beginning to bundle software for free. It also overlaps with other purchases, further exacerbating the problem.
So what can you do about it? In the podcast, Angus lays out three things you can do to control and improve your software licence costs.
To hear more of what Angus had to say, listen to the podcast.
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