"FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications enables us, in a highly reliable, comprehensive and automated approach, to reconcile our actual SAP license use with the user-types we purchased, enabling us to optimize SAP spend and pay for only what we are really using," said Christine Hardelin, Department Manager, ERP, at Vallourec. "With a clear and reliable view into our license position, we are now very confident about license management and controlling costs - not only when preparing for an SAP software license audit, but on an ongoing basis."
Vallourec previously employed a manual process for managing its software estate that did not provide a clear or centralized view into their actual SAP license usage, causing undue stress especially during preparation of their annual SAP audit report. The company went live with FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications in late 2011 and reports achieving the following benefits:
Reconciling Actual SAP Usage with SAP License Types: The system easily and automatically analyzes how employees actually are using SAP applications and recommends the appropriate SAP license type for that user - reducing the chances that Vallourec purchases and allocates a more expensive license type than necessary.
Retiring & Reharvesting Unused Licenses: The system identifies unused or idle SAP licenses, allowing Vallourec to retire or re-harvest licenses, ensuring the company is only buying the licenses it needs and using the licenses it has. With such clear visibility into usage, Vallourec is lowering overall SAP software spend by appropriately allocating license types it does own to the users that need those license types, and by reducing the number of new licenses it needs to purchase overall.
Reducing Risk Via Continual SAP License Compliance: By continually tracking, managing and optimizing SAP licenses on an ongoing basis across all sites and departments within the company, the system enables Vallourec to significantly reduce corporate risk associated with software license non-compliance, and financial risk associated with paying out unbudgeted software license true-up fees to their vendor.
"Increasingly organizations are recognizing that optimizing the software license estate significantly reduces corporate risk while slashing overall software spend by as much as twenty five percent," said Jim Ryan, Chief Operating Officer of Flexera Software. "We are thrilled with the return Vallourec have achieved on their investment in FlexNet Manager for SAP Applications. We have seen organizations of all sizes and types realize similar results, regardless of whether their optimization goals focus on SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, Symantec, IBM or other types of software, such as engineering applications."
Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and the value they derive from their software. Our Application Usage Management solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimized software investments and to future-proof businesses against the risk and costs of constantly changing technology. Over 80,000 customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source for the knowledge and expertise we have gained as the marketplace leader in licensing, installation and compliance for over 20 years and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com