Ayr, Scotland, 2nd March 2012 - Business Continuity Services (BCS), a trusted global provider of Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions and services, today announced it has potentially saved Provident Financial £350k in unnecessary licence fees. BCS has been working with Provident Financial to ensure that its software licence environment is legally compliant, and as a result, has identified a reusable licence excess valued at over £350K.
Provident Financial is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of personal credit products, serving over 2.4 million customers in the UK and Ireland through a network of more than 340 sites. Provident Financial has been using Software Organiser, a BCS distributed software licence management tool which provides everything needed to gain a detailed understanding of licence compliance needs, to effectively identify and control their software assets.
Provident Financial has used BCS’ consultancy services to help it upload all the necessary information into Software Organiser from its audit tool and other licensing information sources. BCS has also provided critical advice on SAM policies, procedures and relevant industry practices helping the team to adapt their end to end processes. BCS has taken the guesswork out of achieving a sustainable SAM practice while applying a cost-saving approach. Working closely with Provident Financial, BCS has helped the organisation reach a controlled Effective Licence Position (ELP), reconcile its software installs and identify, manage and minimise associated risks. It has also now achieved a software licence compliance position.
Peter Sloane, Manager in IT Service Management for Provident Financial Consumer Credit Division says: “Software Organiser provides us with an up-to-date source of logically structured licensing management information that we use to proactively manage our software licence estate. It works alongside and in-conjunction with our audit tool LANDesk and has plugged into our existing infrastructure with ease. Software Organiser also helps us to manage and reduce recognitions that are sometimes missed by our audit tool – it is a great product and has been extremely effective.”
Provident Financial is a FTSE mid-shares 250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange, with 3,500 employees. The value of its software estate is in excess of £20 million and it has an IT department with over 100 employees looking after approximately 3,500 desktops. Now that it has it has its desktop environment under control, Provident Financial is tackling its server estate and is in the process of virtualising over 250 of their 600 server estate with BCS consultants helping the organisation to understand their licensing options and advise as to license re-use options they have from their existing estate.
Peter Sloane concludes: “With the help of BCS our desktop environment is now 95 percent compliant and our server estate is fast approaching a similar position. We are pleased that we can directly attribute much of the expenditure fall to the introduction of Software Organiser, the BCS software reconciliation exercise, and our improved ability to recycle and re-harvest our licence estate as a result. I would recommend BCS to any organisation that is attempting to get its software licences and SAM practices under control.”
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BCS is a trusted global provider of Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions and services with over 17 years’ of relevant experience. BCS also operate as the Exclusive Global Distributor for Software Organiser, a market leading software licence management tool that provides everything a customer needs to effectively control costly software assets. BCS solutions have helped customers save millions of pounds in unnecessary software licence fees and hardware maintenance costs. For further information please visit: http:/bcsltd.com/
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