IT’s biggest money waster No. 1: Dusty software licenses. Collectively, U.S. companies are paying billions for shelfware — whether it’s software that was never adopted or for employees they no longer have, and often at prices that are higher than what is actually needed. A 2010 IDC survey of midsize and large businesses found that well over half of enterprise applications are underutilized, with anywhere from 25 percent to more than 75 percent of licenses paid for but unused, notes IDC analyst Amy Konar.
Yesterday, I started a blogging series talking about key areas beyond PC Power Management that represent significant excess in business. And, while this post is not a continuation in that series (I’ll cover software excess in depth at a later date) I thought this was definitely worth noting and sharing for a couple reasons.
The first reason is that 1E is actually already on top of this. We have announcements coming about this area – probably around the MMS 2011 timeframe. There’s a significant line in the CIO.com article that states: “…there’s no one-click solution to any of these money wasters…”. That line may need to be retracted in a short while. Again – stay tuned for the announcement.
The other reason is that we have a Webinar today that goes right along with this specific topic. Phil Wilcock posted a reminder earlier today, but I think it’s important that you be reminded again. This is a significant area where companies can see a huge savings and is one of the next areas of focus for 1E.