How license re-harvesting works
As soon as the unused or underused (defined per department/product) installations are identified, an uninstallation can be requested from the software deployment teams. Of course, you want to ask the users upfront whether they need the products for anything. This process of identifying, reallocating, or removing installations to free up licenses is called “Re-harvesting”.
However, for many organizations this is a time consuming, manual process. This is why Gartner recommends metering via an automated SAM tool to re-harvest software licenses:
Recycling requires metering to spot unused, underused or misused software. For example, a user may have a piece of software installed but never actually use it — or perhaps the user only require a viewer. SAM tools, and some client management tools, can provide this functionality.
By automating the usage metering and the uninstallation of unused installations of a defined set of products, you can realize cost savings through software license optimization.
Combined with a quick and easy request management process that ensures people get the software back when urgently needed, acceptance by the business users is usually high. This means that the whole organization benefits from reducing software costs to the required minimum.