So an important survival strategy in austere times is to make sure your employees are getting the most value from the software your company already licenses and to license only those seats which are likely to have a need for a particular application. The specific tactics of rightsizing your company's approach to software licensing will depend on whether you are on the supply or customer side.
In a report on its annual survey of software usage and waste, 1E found that approximately 38 percent of enterprise software is wasted. For the average large enterprise – 30,000 seats or more – that amounts to $7.4 million a year. It concluded that in the U.S. and U.K., roughly $34 billion a year is wasted on licensing, including 30 percent of licensed applications that are completely unused with another eight percent being used less than once a month.