The METRO retail group and Helaba commercial bank were honored for their outstanding achievements in the company-wide implementation of software asset and license management strategies. With 51% of the votes, METRO’s project took first place and received the prestigious SAMS Award 2021. Helaba was also honored with the Jury Special Mention Award.
For the METRO project, challenges for the SAM managers included: complete transparency over the decentralized IT infrastructure, risk assessment at any time, compliance for the most important software vendors, and cost-optimized software deployment across all METRO companies in more than 30 countries.
As a basis for successful SAM, the first task by METRO was to achieve maximum data quality. Raynet’s Technology Asset Inventory solution RayVentory made it possible to consolidate the data and provide more than 60 METRO-specific reports in an automated way. Further processing takes place in USU Software Asset Management. Today, this guarantees not only the minimization of legal and financial risks, but also of software costs. For example, METRO is able to immediately identify unused licenses on the more than 80,000 clients and always adjust the portfolio.
The SAM@Helaba project started in mid-2018 with the goal of introducing holistic software asset management (SAM) based on the PROSA concept of Processes, Roles, Organization, System, and Awareness. Software is no longer procured exclusively via the classic software purchasing process, since many products, goods and services already include software.
In the course of the project, the Helaba purchasing department was able to expand the existing SAM structures and integrate processes and organization into the product group purchases. The USU Software Asset Management solution was successfully introduced, and awareness of SAM was substantially increased. As a result of the new SAM orientation, the transparency of software licenses was improved and significant cost savings or cost avoidance were realized. “I am very pleased that the SAM@Helaba project has also been judged a success by an external jury of experts,” said Dr. Sebastian Fass from Helaba.
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