To avoid paying for shelfware you have to do a few things:
- Conduct an internal software audit. Figure out how much software you have and are using.
- Look at your contract to see if you can reduce shelfware. Vendors are smarter than clients in most cases. You might just find a clause that says any return of software subjects you to repricing of the contract. There are a number of similar clauses like this.
- Determine future demand. Find out if you will use the software in the next 3 months. If you have a demand, then it doesn’t make sense to return.
- Consider price protection. Arranging for future discounted prices helps with reducing shelfware and paying maintenance on software not deployed. These clauses are a good way forward
I’m in the process of updating the Enterprise Software Licensee Bill of Rights. If you’ve got an idea or suggestion to share, please comment or send a private email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If I use it, I’ll send you the updated version. Look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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