What is an ELP?
ELP stands for Effective Licence Position and is related to a specific software vendor or product.
The basic premise for forming an ELP involves comparing your entitlements (what software you have purchased and are allowed to use and the way in which you are allowed to use it), with your deployments (how it is actually installed on your estate and how it is being used).
Firstly, you will need a full inventory of your software assets; the licences you have purchased and the maintenance you are now paying for. For this you will need to see signed contract agreements and/or purchase orders. You will need to understand the metrics used for licence entitlement such as, by processor, employee or named user etc.
Secondly, you will need to use tools to find out how many copies of the product have been deployed, to what environments, how many are being used, where they are located, what the specification of the hardware is and a number of other factors. The complexity of the demand data to capture will be based upon the metrics the licences are based upon. If no discovery/investigative tools are available here, then the data will need to be captured manually.
Thirdly, both sets of data will need to be compared to allow your organisation to see where it may be over- or under-licensed; presenting opportunities for improvements in licence compliance.
For complex products there needs to be a high degree of product knowledge to undertake this. To ensure you are compliant and can fend off an audit, the ELP must be created in such a way that the data collected can be presented to a vendor to support your position.
Being able to create an ELP is fundamental to keeping on top of your product compliance for audit defence and to support ongoing SAM activities such as optimisation and cost control.
For further information on ELPs and how to create them please Contact ITAMS.
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