Data & Tooling Readiness

Data & Tooling Readiness

What
The complexity of data requirement and the importance of data quality for Software Asset Management are often undermined by common beliefs.

Many companies today are over-confident with their toolsets’ data discovery capability and remain unaware of the “real” data requirements for Software Asset Management. Below are a number of examples of required SAM data which is often not captured or poorly managed:

  • Detailed computer specification data such as Processor model, socket count and core counts, virtual-physical dependency mapping
  • Specific licence ownership information such as manufacture SKU number, licence model and licence metrics
  • Additional reference data that might be relevant for the measurement of licence consumption, such as number of invoices issued or parcels shipped monthly, or number of external contractors active (depend on the licensing metrics sold).
  • DTR Audits help you understand:

  • What your organisation’s data requirement is for SAM
  • Whether you hold the data prerequisites to support the relevant software licensing calculations
  • Whether your current tooling portfolio is providing / can provide the required data at the required quality
  • How
    Data Readiness Assessment
    Tooling Readiness Assessment
    Obtain and review of Software Licence Agreements, Contracts and other licence entitlement information to map out data sources required to support licensing calculations for each software vendor
    Review ownership, status and accessibility of each data source available through interviews and data analysis, highlight data availability and / or accessibility issues
    Perform data structure review to ensure the data source holds relevant data types as required, highlight any data field gaps identified
    Use sample checking, where applicable, to test the quality (accuracy & completeness) of each data source
    Identify all tool sets that might contain relevant information to support SAM practice, such as: SCCM, FrontRange Discovery, BMC Remedy, HP DDMI, BDNA or TAD4D/ILMT
    Review each tool set’s capability and coverage and produce a consolidated view of tooling capability
    Map tooling capabilities against data requirements to identify and report coverage and availability issues
    Make recommendations on each existing toolset, such as maintain, improve and re-configure, replace or decommission and make recommendations on additional toolset’s selection criteria if applicable
    Benefits
    DTR Audits provide visibility on data requirements on SAM and tell you “what you don’t know”. It allows you and your team to base future SAM operations on appropriate and trust-worthy data and deliver reliable outcomes.
    Example tools reviewed