Software spending in the enterprise continues to grow, along with our reliance on it for daily operations. According to ResearchAndMarkets.com, Global Enterprise Software Market size is expected to surpass $404 billion by 2028, with a CAGR of 11.1% CAGR during the forecast period. With software proliferating across the IT estate, Software Asset Management (SAM) is an essential practice for modern IT organizations.
SAM - the process of tracking, managing and optimizing your software assets - is a multidisciplinary practice that requires a lot of collaboration. Done correctly, it helps enterprises reduce costs and risk, and optimize software spending. And with about 40% of a customer's IT budget going toward software, optimizing spend is on everyone's agenda.
An Opportunity for MSPs
The need for effective SAM provides significant opportunities for managed service providers (MSPs). Many organizations outsource SAM to MSPs, whose primary goal is to deliver exceptional value to customers. However, most MSPs have multiple customer environments to manage, and doing everything manually is impossible. Without an automated and reliable way to discover all software assets across customers' IT environments, analyze licensing data, and make data-driven recommendations, how can they deliver on that promise?
That's why Licenseware and Lansweeper have joined forces. Together, they provide MSPs with a powerful toolset that revolutionizes IT discovery and associated licensing analysis, offering MSPs an opportunity to deliver better, faster, accurate and cost-effective services to their customer base, setting themselves apart from competitors who rely on one-stop-shop solutions and lengthy delivery cycles.
"Businesses are not one-size-fits-all - so their tools must be tailored to their individual needs," said Alex Cojocaru, CEO at Licenseware. "Our modular approach addresses specific needs with precision, eliminating excess functionality and cost. It's not about overwhelming businesses with all-encompassing systems; it's about providing them with streamlined, custom-fit solutions. By combining forces with Lansweeper, we can offer customers the agility to leverage only the tools they need when they need them, by equipping businesses with a robust, on-demand software asset management toolkit."
Let's take a look at why a comprehensive software discovery and licensing analysis solution is critical for today's MSPs.
Visibility Is Crucial
Managed service providers are challenged with managing software assets across numerous and diverse customer environments - and that requires total visibility into all software assets connected to the network. Comprehensive software discovery and licensing analysis are essential to providing the following business-critical services:
- Accurate Assessments and Planning: MSPs must have a comprehensive understanding of their customers' software ecosystems to provide accurate assessments and develop effective strategies. Proper software discovery and licensing analysis enable MSPs to identify potential risks, optimize costs, and plan for future growth.
- Compliance and Risk Mitigation: Unauthorized or unlicensed software usage poses significant legal and security risks. MSPs must ensure their customers' compliance with licensing agreements and mitigate potential vulnerabilities. Robust discovery and analysis tools help MSPs identify non-compliance issues and take proactive measures to address them, reducing legal and security risks.
- Cost Optimization and Efficiency: By conducting thorough software discovery and licensing analysis, MSPs can identify underutilized licenses, recommend license consolidation, and make informed decisions on software procurement. This not only reduces costs for customers but helps to optimize IT spend and improve operational efficiency.
The Power of the Combined Toolset
By providing a comprehensive toolset for SAM, Licenseware and Lansweeper are empowering MSPs with the following capabilities:
- Comprehensive IT Discovery: Lansweeper's IT discovery solution provides MSPs with a holistic view of their customers' IT infrastructure. By scanning networks and collecting detailed information about hardware and software assets, MSPs can gain complete visibility and maintain accurate inventories across multiple customer environments.
- Advanced Licensing Data Analysis: Licenseware's expertise in software licensing data analysis complements Lansweeper's discovery capabilities. Licenseware's advanced algorithms and machine learning techniques uncover critical insights, including licensing gaps, non-compliance risks, and optimization opportunities. By integrating with Lansweeper's discovery data, MSPs can provide more accurate and actionable recommendations to their customers.
- Better Decision-Making: The combined toolset equips MSPs with accurate, real-time data that enables them to make informed decisions. Combining Licenseware's analysis with Lansweeper's discovery capabilities enables MSPs to confidently advise customers on licensing compliance, cost optimization strategies, and risk mitigation measures, building trust and enhancing customer satisfaction.
- Faster, More Cost-Effective Services: The streamlined integration of Licenseware and Lansweeper facilitates faster and more efficient services for MSPs. With a comprehensive understanding of customer environments, MSPs can expedite software discovery, licensing analysis and decision-making processes, shortening service delivery times and saving costs for both MSPs and their customers.
Pulling Lansweeper data into specialized apps designed to meet the needs of enterprise software vendors like Microsoft, Oracle and others, Licenseware.io makes it easier for MSPs to understand and analyze their customers' software environment, optimize costs and improve cybersecurity, as well as simplify compliance during vendor audits.
"Lansweeper's approach toward comprehensive network inventory and their impressive set of features have enabled us to seamlessly integrate our modular approach into their platform, providing businesses with an unparalleled level of flexibility," Cojocaru said. "Their robust capabilities across hardware, software and user management is second to none, augmenting our offerings and enhancing the value proposition for our clients."
To learn more about Lansweeper's integration with Licenseware, check out our Integrations page.
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