Nissan North America Inc. says it reduced maintenance costs for mainframe systems software by almost 10 percent using a software asset management program.
The program identified all the software products on Nissan's mainframe systems and measured how much each one was used. The process ultimately helped Nissan slice $500,000 off the more than $5 million it spends annually on maintenance fees for mainframe systems software.
A software asset management program is particularly important to companies merging and consolidating operations. After a merger, companies tend to have a lot of overlapping software products. Software maintenance costs will soar if growing companies don't eliminate redundant software licenses.
Nissan purchased a software asset management program after it consolidated mainframe computer systems for several business units at one Denver data center. The Denver center, which was created about five years ago, handles information technology for several Nissan units, including Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A., Nissan Canada Inc. and Nissan's research and development division.
The program Nissan uses is SoftAudit/ONE, which is produced by Isogon Corp., a New York software company and costs $20,000 in annual maintenance fees. IBM Corp. makes a similar product, said a spokeswoman for Isogon.