With the demise of the NHS Enterprise Wide Agreement (EWA), NHS Trusts were left to manage their software licensing strategy independently. Sussex Partnership had outsourced this requirement as part of a wider contract for IT services and when that contract was terminated the Trust’s IT team looked to Trustmarque to assess their options and provide guidance on how best to manage affairs moving forward. Sussex Partnership were very clear on their requirements:
- Optimise licensing to reduce overspend and ensure full compliance
- Undertake a full Software Asset Management (SAM) assessment
- Leverage professional expertise when making key decisions about the IT estate and associated licensing options
Trustmarque were able to analyse previous usage for the Trust, align that to the EWA licences and provide all available cost options using the new discounts and all licensing metrics. It was crucial to ensure that Sussex Partnership was adequately and legally licenced in respect of their current holdings, as well as establishing appropriate arrangements which fully aligned to their IT transformation programme.
Virtual Asset Manager
Trustmarque’s Virtual Asset Manager (VAM) service takes the hassle out of asset management, inventory collection and software licence reconciliation. Over the course of the three-year service, Trustmarque will manage inventory for the Trust, providing ongoing compliance and licensing management guidance in addition to regular on-site reviews. With Trustmarque’s help, Sussex Partnership will be able to constantly optimise their licence management, reconciling licences against installed applications and reporting on potential non-compliance. The provision of managed service and strategic software partnership by Trustmarque is of vital importance in an increasingly complex industry, and a burden lifted from the Sussex IT team, who could then focus on their critical transformation programme.
A Managed Lifecycle
The Enterprise Agreement (EA) Managed Lifecycle service is a comprehensive solution provided by Trustmarque, providing the Sussex Partnership with resources, guidance and licensing advice over the course of a three-year period.
The EA Managed Lifecycle service provides an enhanced level of expertise over and above the standard service that the majority of licence resellers provide. Come the end of the agreement, Trustmarque will undertake a comprehensive review, working with the Trust to analyse short- and long-term licensing strategies and ensure that Sussex Partnership is in the strongest possible position when deciding on the way forward.