If economic decisions are made, the basic question: “what kind of assets is owned currently?” emerges certainly. It is a simple question. However, if IT or software-related economic decisions are made, the situation is not so simple.
To respond the question simply is doubtful, because in the case of software other questions may arise, like “what kind of assets is in use and what kind of software licenses are granted currently?”. These two sets match rarely with 100% accuracy.
The situation becomes more complicated if the experimental fact is considered, that a Hungarian medium company or an enterprise use thousands of different software products on the average nowadays, which are manufactured by hundreds of vendors. To survey this infrastructure completely – including inventory of hardware and hundreds of software products installed on the computers, furthermore the arrangement of presented license documents and analysis of divergences – appears frightening job for a company which has limited IT resources.
Consultants of IPR-Insights have owned experience of several years in creating software inventories, and, in the course of this inventory, they execute the following steps in cooperation with the customer:
- step: Collection of hardware and software data over the network and/or by manual data collection
- step: Creation of physical license inventory
- step: Processing of the presented licenses and invoices
- step: Comparison of software usage and software assets, analysis of divergences