Lower the cost of Software Licenses – Yikes they’re killing me….

8 Oct 2009

With the economic climate as it is, everyone is looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with Software and the associated services. If managed properly this can be a great way to make an impact on the bottom line!

In our market space, just as it is in many others, vendors charge an ongoing license fee for their software, as a maintenance charge, either this or when you need to upgrade (Hey – “what’s that coming over the hill is it a Monster” – well no actually, its Windows 7), which is going to be a decision that many of us will have to take in the very near future.

If you are looking to kick off a CRM project, one of the real budget killers is the Third Party License costs. In many cases projects use over 75% of their budget for the infrastructure and license costs, leaving a very small amount of money left over in the pot to pay for, what is to me, the most important area of the project spend, that’s the Training, Customising, Configuration and any real ‘must have’ specific features that may not be available ‘out of the box’ !!

So go on then, how can we save money….. ?

One way is to consider a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, something hosted that removes the need for expensive hardware, the service costs around hardware implementation and third party licenses.

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