Hidden treasure! Software pirates continue to risk walking the plank but miss the real gold.
Worldwide PC management survey illustrates major savings gained by turning up the metering.
Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK – 19th June 2003 – Vector Networks Ltd. (www.vector-networks.com), a provider of desktop management solutions that reduce the cost of owning PCs, has announced the results of its quarterly global PC Management Index (PCMI). The Spring 2003 survey asked over 1400 technology professionals around the world about formal software compliance procedures in their organisations.
The survey revealed that more than half of the respondents do not have a software compliance program. Ignorance is not bliss in this case, as those not implementing a software compliance program leave themselves open to fines for software piracy or paying for software they do not use. They should learn from the experiences of the other 44% participants who implemented a compliance program and realised cost savings.
Geoff Webster, CEO, Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) Ltd. who monitors the UK industry commented, “In our experience, vast chunks of an IT budget can be saved during the course of a year by ensuring that software is accounted for and properly licensed. Not only that, but the consequences of being found to be involved in software piracy can result in a hefty fine, a criminal record and a possible prison sentence for company directors. Far from waiting in the wings to imprison the under-licensed, organisations such as FAST exist to promote software environments that are both legal and engender significant monetary benefits.”
Encouragingly 42% of the respondents with a compliance program are using specific monitoring software rather than manual processes. The results show that over 84% are benefiting from cost savings when using specific tools as opposed to only 54% who are using manual systems.
Using metering software also brings dramatically greater saving benefits to customers with most of the savings falling in to the 20 to 40% plus brackets.
Colin Hayward, Systems Manager at the Advertising Standards Authority and a Vector customer, comments from his personal experience, “PC-Duo Enterprise Inventory Management and Metering modules have saved hundreds of working hours by reducing inventory time and increasing accuracy. During the inventory process, we discovered under-used and un-used software and as a result, we were able to reduce software costs.
The PCMI survey results demonstrate that broad-based cost savings opportunities are widely available but are not being exploited by organisations worldwide. A view echoed by Karen Smith, Research Director, Aberdeen Group: “You cannot manage what you cannot measure. Precise discovery is the first and most critical step in any asset management program…. A research study found that most large enterprises today own approximately 30% more IT-related software and equipment than they actually believe they do or can account for across the enterprise.”
Vector Networks develops and markets PC-Duo Enterprise. Desktop management utilities like PC-Duo Enterprise Inventory and Metering are particularly useful when managing new licensing scenarios such as those used by Microsoft. One now needs to gauge the number of users as well as the number of installations. This can be time-consuming and expensive if the proper monitoring tools are not employed.
“The PCMI survey reinforces the view that license compliance applications and software metering tools like PC-Duo Enterprise deliver measurable cost savings and provide an excellent return-on-investment. In a climate of reduced IT spending, companies are brought back to the fundamental concept that technology should increase productivity in order for a purchase to be justified. Our customers are saving up to 90% of their staff time simply by implementing PC-Duo Enterprise tools. That’s clear justification for making an IT investment”, remarks Colin Bartram, Product Marketing Director, Vector Networks Ltd.
Notes to Editors:
About the PC Management Index (PCMI)
The PC Management Index is a quarterly web survey. Over 1400 IT industry professionals worldwide responded to the Spring 2003 software compliance questionnaire and represent a diverse geographic area that spans the United States/Canada (24%), Europe (49%), South America (9%), Asia (10%), Africa (3%), Australia (2%) and the Middle East (2%).
What defines a Software Compliance Program
As a general statement of policy, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) http://www.siia.net/piracy/policy/corp_soft.asp defines a formal software compliance program to be one that “respects all computer software copyrights and adheres to the terms of all software licenses to which the organization is a party. Unauthorized duplication of software may subject users and/or organization to both civil and criminal penalties…”
A formal software compliance program is defined by its ability to monitor software licenses to determine the number of PCs that contain specific software and provide data to expose unused, out-of-date or unlicensed software running on the network.
About Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)
Founded in 1984 by the Copyright Committee of the British Computer Society, FAST represents both software publishers and end-users. For more information, please visit www.fast.org.uk
Source: ‘Discovering IT Asset Value Yields Savings Dividends’ by Karen Smith. Published October 2002. www.aberdeengroup.com
About PC-Duo Enterprise
PC-Duo Enterprise is a modular desktop management suite that provides customers with the flexibility to purchase and implement functional modules as required. The suite includes: Inventory Management, Software Metering, Software Distribution, Diagnostics, Remote Control and web-based HelpDesk Issue Tracking modules. There are 39 different combinations available to meet the specific needs of corporations. This flexibility may save customers thousands of dollars since there is no need to buy software whose functionality overlaps with existing software or performs unnecessary functions for their organisation. The product is fully expandable so future needs can easily be met.
About Vector Networks
Vector Networks Group specialises in the development and marketing of Windows-based desktop management software for the enterprise market. Through Vector’s ever-increasing reseller channel and direct sales, the company services customers in over 40 countries with software installed on over 3.5 million PCs. Vector Networks is positioned for exponential growth with its focus on acquiring products and companies with complementary technology. Development over the coming months will be high-paced to provide additional modules that further expand the functionality of the PC-Duo Enterprise product.
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