Asset management system cuts Silverstone costs by a fifth

Motor racing venue Silverstone has cut software licensing costs by 20% through implementing a

Motor racing venue Silverstone has cut software licensing costs by 20% through implementing a software asset management system.

The IT team at the track realised they needed a way of knowing how applications were used at different times to make sure all software was properly licensed.

Silverstone, which uses 115 laptops and desktop computers, deployed Centennial Discovery software ahead of the 2008 Grand Prix to identify all software and hardware assets.

Silverstone IT manager Kevin O'Brien said the priority was to understand what software assets the organisation had and to determine how to handle licensing in the future.

The system provides a minimum specification for each PC on the network, which was used as a guideline by Silverstone for a recent hardware refresh. "This dramatically reduced the time it took to decide which PCs on the network needed upgrading or refreshing, which was hugely more cost-effective than refreshing them all," said O'Brien.

He said the changing usage patterns meant that software licensing was complicated, with multiple suppliers, licensing schemes, upgrade plans and subscriptions.

O'Brien said many companies tackle the problem of licensing compliance through buying more licenses than they need.

"[SAM software] removes the guesswork from establishing how many applications are in use, so we can make sure we are accurately licensed without spending more than we need to," he said.

The software automates the auditing process and finds all hardware assets and tracks usage of software. This enables Silverstone to identify any gaps or overlaps in licensing.

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