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Crowdsourcing Offers Innovative Approach to Reducing IT Costs

Enterprise App Stores Empower Users with Self-Service and Cost Cutting Opportunities

Enterprises need to give business users a role in managing their applications because they best know their own needs. The principle of crowdsourcing is that more heads are better than one. By involving a large crowd of people, the enterprise user community, to participate, the value derived from software license optimization will be superior. Integrating the capabilities of a software license optimization solution with those of an enterprise app store provides users one place to go to get software and gives them the opportunity, via self-service, to help manage the usage of valuable software resources.

The benefits are significant and include:

  • Reduced spending on new software
  • Reduction in time and resources to support, deliver and maintain applications
  • Reduced risk of non-compliance with corporate policy and license agreements
  • Tighter alignment of IT with the business and a closer relationship with users

This paper discusses how to use an enterprise app store to harness the power of end users to reduce software licensing costs.

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