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Aspera's New Cloud Solution Optimizes Office 365 Subscriptions to Control Usage, Costs and Complexity


LicenseControl for Office 365 lowers cloud spend and prepares companies for Microsoft contract negotiations

License Optimization Office 365
License Optimization Office 365

Aachen Germany, June 21, 2018 - Aspera, the industry-leading provider of SaaS management solutions, today announced the release of LicenseControl for Office 365, the only cloud-based Software Asset Management solution that optimizes Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions. LicenseControl automatically recommends how to reduce increasing IT costs while finding the best SaaS subscriptions for every user.

LicenseControl empowers companies to negotiate the most cost-effective contracts. The tool prepares IT, contract and purchasing managers for Microsoft negotiations by showing exactly which subscriptions they have and how they are using them. The ITAM Review reports, "SaaS Optimisation tool vendors typically report 30% of SaaS spending wastage so that’s $30bn of annual savings ITAM tool and managed service providers can unlock for their customers."

LicenseControl solves key challenges managing Office 365 with features that include:

  • Complete license overview. Gives a single, detailed view of all Office 365 app usage and subscriptions.
  • Subscription optimization. Analyzes where to optimize and eliminate duplicate licensing.
  • Automatic downgrade calculation. Eliminates paying for unused services by finding a license with only the options needed.
  • Subscription re-harvesting. Shows where to deactivate unused accounts and re-use licenses.
  • Fast and always available. Hosted on the Aspera Cloud Platform, so there’s no on-premises installation or downtime.
  • Part of Aspera Cloud Platform. The second solution in the Aspera cloud product family, following the release of LicenseControl for Salesforce.

“We regularly meet face-to-face with our customers in roundtable discussions to find out what their latest Software Asset Management challenges are,” said Stephan Pflanzer, Aspera Managing Director. “LicenseControl for Office 365 grew out of one of these meetings, and it was developed with the customer’s needs in mind.”

“LicenseControl for Office 365 gives all the insights you need to make informed contract decisions,” said Dr. Matthias Vianden, Head of Solutions at Aspera. “It also provides managers with easy to understand quick-wins right from the start with automated calculations to adjust subscriptions based on actual usage or re-harvest unused licenses.”

Free trial with customer data
Companies interested in evaluating LicenseControl for Office 365 can sign up to get a free demo using their own Office 365 data.

About Aspera
At Aspera, we simplify the complexity of your software licenses. For nearly two decades, we have helped hundreds of enterprises and over 50 Fortune 500s to assess cost and risk within their IT environments. Our solutions for Software Asset Management track all the big vendors, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP to cover every environment from servers and desktops to cloud and mobile. With the largest in-house consultant and service team in the industry, we provide the best strategy for data discovery, easy system integration, and a cost-effective way to purchase, use and optimize licenses.

Aspera is part of USU Software AG (ISIN DE 000A0BVU28), which is listed in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

For more information, please visit

Aspera GmbH
Heike Lorey
International Public Relations
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 963-3261
Fax: +49 (0) 241 963-1229

USU Software AG
Corporate Communications
Dr. Thomas Gerick
Tel.: +49 (0) 71 41 / 48 67-440
Fax: +49 (0) 71 41 / 48 67-108