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Case Study RWE IT GmbH

Know Your Software Portfolio For an Efficient SAM

“It was clear after the first test run of the SAM2GO Profiler in October 2014 that this service is a great help when it comes to identifying problem areas on the software side in the IT infrastructure. The COMPAREX tool also provides clear release information that simplifies further measures in software asset management and allocations to licenses we have obtained. We can now access a clear ‘map’ of the software in use from a technical viewpoint practically at the push of a button. Even decision makers outside of IT administration have a convenient, real-time overview of the situation. The results are also used for standardization.” Download the case study (PDF)

Rolf Notthoff Head of Software Asset Management, RWE IT GmbH, Essen / Germany

RWE is one of Europe’s five leading electricity and gas companies. Around 59,000 employees supply over 16 million electricity customers and nearly eight million gas customers with energy. RWE knew they were lacking a comprehensive view of their installed software and missing opportunities for savings. COMPAREX performed an audit with the COMPAREX SAM2GO Profiler tool in order for RWE to identify unnecessary licensing and maximize efficiency in their software asset management.

Customer: RWE IT GmbH

Industry: Energy provider

Services: Company-wide verification of installed software as an on-premise service with the COMPAREX SAM2GO Profiler. Implementation of the test environment and workshop for interpreting the results and potential for added value.

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What’s really being used? Based on this question, RWE’s own IT service provider wanted to gain a detailed overview of the software available in the entire network as simply as possible. This was in order to identify and eliminate unwanted or non-business software and to use the knowledge gained for more efficient software asset management.

The spectrum of applications for software products almost mirrors RWE’s wide range of activities, from energy consulting, payroll accounting, and gas billing to service management right through to managing wind farms in the North Sea. Therefore, it was perfect that the COMPAREX SAM2GO Profiler offered a database with more than 12,000 software vendors and well over 450,000 products*.

Thanks to the extremely high identification rate of the COMPAREX SAM2GO Profiler, all the inventory data gained flows into the existing SAM tool. This allowed RWE to achieve quick savings in this previously costly area.

*Updated by March 2018: Currently the database includes more than 14,000 vendors and 900,000 releases.

“It was clear after the first test run of the SAM2GO Profiler that this service is a great help when it comes to identifying problem areas on the software side in the IT infrastructure. We can now access a clear ‘map’ of the software in use from a technical viewpoint practically at the push of a button. Even decision makers outside of IT administration have a convenient, real-time overview of the situation,” says Rolf Notthoff, Head of Software Asset Management, RWE IT GmbH, Essen, Germany.

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