SaaS License Management
Effectively and efficiently manage SaaS licenses — regardless of their source
What is SaaS License Management?
SaaS license management is vital to cloud applications and services. As businesses continue to accelerate the enablement of cloud-based applications, the resulting complex SaaS infrastructure requires efficient execution. SaaS license management is the answer.
Also, SaaS users must assume ownership and be held accountable and SaaS management platforms provide a solution.
Effectively and efficiently manage SaaS licenses with application discovery (including Shadow IT), optimization, and contract renewal.
The Four Goals of SaaS License Management
SaaS Application Discovery
Track resource consumption of SaaS applications across the organization in a single view, enabling teams to discover redundancy.
Uncovering Shadow IT
Manage unauthorized SaaS proliferation and spend by bringing Shadow IT under central management.
Underutilized licenses can lead to program overspend, wasting valuable resources that could be deprovisioned or reallocated to maximize the value of the SaaS portfolio.
Without active license management and consolidation of duplicative contracts, SaaS costs can quickly grow, leading to budget overspend and ineffective use of SaaS applications.
Aligning SaaS Portfolio Management to FinOps
SaaS spend is unpredictable and complex. Moreover, most organizations don’t just have a few SaaS providers – they have many with unique agreements, metrics, and contracts, making it crucial to manage consumption to stop costs from ballooning.
Download this white paper to learn how FinOps principles can enhance SaaS management.
How to Manage SaaS Licenses
Managing SaaS licenses can be very complicated. Adding to this complexity is the ever-increasing expansion of cloud and SaaS offerings. SaaS management platforms, controlled by IT and procurement departments contain application sprawl.
SaaS management platforms allow you to…
Map your user's adoption, usage, and utilization to specific application licenses
Identify and track unauthorized, Shadow IT applications in use across your organization
Identify and reallocate software licenses with no recent users
Right-size unused or underutilized application licenses
Monitor upcoming application contract expirations and/or renewals
Reclaim and/or re-provision existing licenses during subscriptions or renewal cycles
Apptio Cloudability SaaS
This short demo video highlights key features of Cloudability SaaS, including:
- Surfacing opportunities for SaaS optimization
- Rightsizing contracts
- Reducing SaaS licensing cost by 15% or more