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Open Source Tools, License Management

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 2008-12-01 Print this article Print

Baseline examines easy, practical technology strategies that will cut IT costs quickly and streamline IT management so you are more efficient in the long run.

9. Take Advantage of Open Source Management Tools

It doesn’t have to cost a bundle to reign in systems management costs through automation. There are loads of open source management tools out there free for the taking.  Get started with your homework by taking a look at Baseline’s series of slideshows on free enterprise-appropriate tools, including log management, virtualization and database management.

10. Improve Software License Management

Many executives may not know it, but unnecessary software licenses are a big source of dead weight on a lot of IT department budgets. Hayes points to one big financial services company he knows of that literally had a closet full of software tools that were never installed but which the company were still paying license fees.

“The very, very first thing, and this one is so obvious and I’m amazed that companies don't do it, is do an actual inventory of who's using what software,” he says. “There are going to be a lot of copies of things that aren't being used at all and then there are going to be a bunch of people who are using things, but very sporadically, and who could do without it or with another alternative.”

Check out Baseline’s tips for improved software asset management.

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