Taking Control of Software Licensing
Ambulance Service drive automated software license compliance & optimization with advanced SAM
The Ambulance Service provides accident and emergency services to those requiring emergency medical treatment and transport across five counties. The service supports nearly 6 million people and in recent years have received 1 million emergency calls a year.
With 130 sites covering 7,500 square miles, the organization had a lack of visibility of their IT estate partly caused by the mergers of three different ambulance services. They were already using Microsoft SCCM for inventory, but there was an internal debate whether they could trust the information it presented for managing licensing, especially with the organization supporting networked and remote systems, widely distributed across a large geographical area.
With many of its staff mobile, they were unable to track and monitor the different devices in use across the business without time-consuming manual processes. This restricted insight meant the organization did not know exactly what assets they had, which put them at risk of non-compliance.
To overcome this, the decision was made to implement a single, automated and centralized solution which could provide end-to-end coverage of the entire IT estate, covering hardware, software and licensing.
The Solution & Approach
An internal recommendation, due to their previous experience using the tool, led the Ambulance Service to Certero based on the key functionality of the solution, including: discovery & inventory, advanced reporting and licensing management. Fitting the specifications required by the customer, Certero for Enterprise SAM was selected to ensure compliance and acquire complete visibility of the IT estate.
Implemented in phases, the Ambulance Service had complete coverage of Certero for Enterprise SAM in a matter of weeks. Working alongside Microsoft SCCM, the organization is able to benefit from complete coverage across all 130 sites, mobile staff and devices. With remote Toughbooks in ambulances accessing the network via a SIM card, the Ambulance Service now benefits from having a complete view of its hardware and software across all remote areas. For complete and accurate visibility while still keeping the emergency response system separate, Certero implemented an endpoint server to provide an inventory of the network, PCs and servers within this system, which feeds this information into Certero for Enterprise SAM without requiring integration with the critical emergency response systems.
“With previous experience of using Certero for Enterprise SAM, I knew first-hand how effective the solution would be in meeting our requirements. The tool has truly transformed how we work, making life a lot easier with complete visibility of assets and automation removing the need for manual intervention. Not only does the centralized view ensure compliance, it also enables us to successfully navigate vendor audits.
Our support teams have been able to enhance processes and we are limiting security risks by easily identifying which devices are without anti-virus software and taking the necessary steps to rectify this. Since implementing Certero for Enterprise SAM, we have acquired the visibility we were lacking and can now proactively manage our estate, improve efficiencies and reduce costs.”
IM&T Security & Resilience Manager
The solution enables the Ambulance Service to see all equipment across the organization and successfully check up-to-date versions of software and licenses. This assists the Ambulance Service manage license compliance, a previous challenge the organization faced.
The centralized view within Certero for Enterprise SAM provides support teams the functionality they need to address support issues easily and quickly. The solution enables these teams to conduct simple IT management, such as tracking browsers, and improves efficiencies by only requiring an asset tag, tracked in Certero for Enterprise SAM, to find the information on a user’s system.