The Role of Software License Monitoring in Mergers and Acquisitions


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A merger is when two companies combine to form one new company. An acquisition is when one company buys out and controls another company.

During the process of transition in a M&A (merger & acquisition), ownership of the IT assets, including software and their licenses, are transferred from one company to another.

This requires intensive and careful planning and study of the companys software assets: licenses and applications. Physical resources such as IT hardware devices are comparatively easy to trace, monitor, and tag. However, when it comes to software assets, it is a tedious task to identify and tag them with respect to ownership.

Who has what? 

Once the documentation such as available details of the IT assets in the existing inventory, proof of the ownership, invoices, POs, EULAs, etc. has been collected, the next steps are as follows:

  • Getting the installed software in production details on the basis of software metering.
  • Discovering and identifying any active network/floating licenses in a deployed state which is missing (quantity of the licenses, features or the full license details) from the inventory.
  • Identify any standalone/node-locked licenses not in the inventory provided as documentation in the early stages.

OpenLM has the capability to discover license managers hosted on a network server. Also, it can capture feature details, including quantities of each feature. 

Analysis of the usage reports generated by OpenLM for applications using network licenses and usage reports from workstations reveals stand-alone/node locked licenses.

Validation of the license inventory becomes easy and more accurate. Hence, ELPs (effective license positioning) prepared from the above activities are accurate and more reliable. Read on how OpenLM helped Baker Huges save $1.7 million in just 30 days.

Scope for Clean-up

OpenLM provides detailed license usage reports, giving stakeholders a clear picture of the pattern of license usage based on historical data. Also, some of the reports in OpenLM help with forecasting future license requirements.

It identifies unused licenses (features of an application or the complete application) and software. 

With OpenLM, both organizations involved in the mergers and acquisitions process get a good chance to “cleanup” the software asset inventory.

This helps to determine:

  • if the licenses/software owned by the other organization are actually required or not;
  • whether the licenses/software owned by one company can fulfill the usage requirement of the company that is going to be merged or acquired.

All the above activities are critical in the M&A process. Only on the basis of the details and analysis done using the software license monitoring and management tool OpenLM can organizations take further steps toward a smooth transfer of software assets from one organization to another.


Software License Monitoring is an important activity in IT for any Merger and Acquisition. OpenLMs functions and reporting capabilities cater to the requirements of the SAM consultant or License Administrator involved in software asset transfer. Sign up for OpenLM Cloud and start monitoring your software assets today!

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