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City of Celle, Germany: Case Study

Their Challenge

Celle effortlessly bridges the gap between tradition and modernity. Founded in 1292, Celle is able to look back on a history spanning more than 720 years as a capital city. High-tech products for future-oriented markets are also a long-standing tradition in the city of Celle. It‘s no wonder that there are great requirements on the installed software and proper licensing of the more than 800 clients and servers of the city. Demands on the IT field are high as well. It was very important for the city of Celle to get an overview of the software actually installed and its characteristics quickly, easily and efficiently. This was necessary so that they could analyze the required infrastructure data of installed software with regard to licenses as part of Microsoft true-ups, among other things.
As for the inventory of installed software, among other things, the city has long been relying on SCCM from Microsoft. However, the scope of
the inventory results from SCCM weren‘t sufficient for processing and enriching the data evaluation of licenses and software optimization without considerable manual work. As part of the ongoing discussions, COMPAREX suggested the introduction of the COMPAREX Portfolio Management Platform. This solution makes it demonstrably possible to enhance the value of the data obtained by SCCM.

Implementing Portfolio Management Platform

Following a demonstration of the Portfolio Management Platform, the decision was made to introduce it in the spring of 2016 and put

it to productive use. The implementation, which included connection to SCCM, was very easy and could be carried out in less than one

business day. The database underlying COMPAREX‘s proprietary software identification solution is SQL, so a large number of options for easy evaluation are available directly through the reporting services.

The city of Celle received more than 10 preconfigured reports and has the option of creating its own reports through direct database access. For this purpose, the COMPAREX Portfolio Management Platform falls back on a software catalog currently including over 14,000 vendors and more than 700,000 releases. The identification rate is over 98%.

City of Celle’s Benefits

  • Presentation of the relevant SCCM data for the Microsoft True-up in just a few clicks
  • Classification of installed software according to different levels, e.g. free for non-commercial use, requires license, freeware etc.
  • Direct allocation of individual products to suites using integrated deep identification
  • Transparency with regard to all software titles used, as well as their versions and “current-market” versioning
  • Consolidation of the software landscape concerning “different software titles for the same use” through eClass-oriented categorization
  • Identification of potential security risks not recognized by anti-malware software through reports on “suspicious software and versions which are not up to date

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