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We Found Over $150 Million in Software Savings for the Social Security Administration
Nov 23, 2016 12:04:00 PM2 min read

We Found Over $150 Million in Software Savings for the Social Security Administration

With the introduction of the FITARA Scorecard and the recent passing of the MEGABYTE bill, the pressure is on for federal agencies to negotiate better software licensing agreements and save money. That’s exactly what we do.

ISAM is the proven leader in helping government agencies, including clients such as the Social Security Agency and the Internal Revenue Service, to significantly reduce their software costs, negotiate better software licenses and ensure optimal data center compliance.


ISAM has been bringing innovation, vision and data-driven insights to the IT management for over 20 years. Our singular focus is to help these agencies reduce software costs by hundreds of millions of dollars while maintaining total software compliance.

At ISAM, our proven analytical and consultative process is fueled by GreenBook – our proprietary database which contains more than 100 million software cost, product usage, and categorization data points from over 64,000 software products across 1,000 data centers worldwide. Armed with the knowledge of the actual software costs paid by data centers and our deep understanding of federal IT requirements, we can identify significant savings and IT optimization for agencies, like yours.


In fact, the Social Security Administration, one of our clients, is the only federal agency to receive an “A” in the recent FITARA report for “Portfolio Savings.” “Working with the ISAM Group has been an eye opening experience,” Mark Irwin, Director of the Division of Resource Management and Acquisition for Social Security says, recalling their first project in 2011. “You literally don’t know what you don’t know until you see it.

“When we first met the ISAM Group, they told us they could help us cut our software costs dramatically. We were a bit hesitant but when they suggested we let them prove it, we did. They said they could reduce our costs with the vendor SAS. They analyzed our usage and showed us where we could eliminate software and how to optimize its usage – bringing our costs down from $1.2 million to $600k – per year. Then we asked them to help optimize our mainframe.”

“Since that time, they’ve helped us analyze many of our contracts, advise on pricing models with the big vendors, and fill in any gaps in our entire IT asset management process. Over the past few years, it’s safe to say they’ve helped find over $150M in software savings.

“I can tell you one line item we plan never to cut from our budget. That’s ISAM,” Mark says, “as they are the one that help us keep all other costs down.”


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