Businesses waste loads on unused software

Only eight percent of UK businesses are systematically reclaiming unused software licenses in a bid to save money, while nine percent of out US counterparts are doing the same.

That’s according to 1E. In cahoots with the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) and the Federation Against Software Theft Investors in Software (FASTIiS), it found that software waste is common in organisations, which in turn is stopping them from saving money and putting a strain on IT budgets.

And it seems companies are well aware of their wastage with almost three quarters of organisations – 68 percent in the UK and 71 percent in the US – admitting to software waste.

In the UK 92 percent said they had undeployed software licenses, while this figure dropped to 83 percent in the US. However the US beat us when it came to unused software, with 84 percent saying there was more than $100 worth of installed but unused software on each PC. In Britain this fell to 80 percent.

On average, at least 10 percent of all software purchased was destined to become shelfware, says 1E.

That could cost organisations around  $145-155 per user per year. Unfortunately many of these companies haven’t got to grips with coherently recording what they buy beyond an occasional spreadsheet. Around one in 10 are still using paper-based filing systems, while some 14 percent in the UK and 12 percent in the US don’t use any process at all

This is because 85 percent of those in the UK and 72 percent in the US feel that software asset management is too complex. Over two thirds in both the UK and US  also claim that find preparing for vendor audits is challenging.

Unsurprisingly the research comes just as the company announces its AppClarity service – coincidence? We think not – which it says can tackle the $15 billion of software waste in the US and UK. 

It magically transforms “complex software data into actionable results” whatever that means.