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Capabilities

 

SELF-SERVICE HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUESTS  By ensuring that requests for resources follow the policies set by an organization, Snow Automation Platform provides control over the way hardware and software are consumed – a vital ingredient of optimization. Users can order the services they need, when they need them, from an approved catalog in a self-service portal. Automation Platform uses a set of automated background activities, to provide complete life cycle management of software and services from request to retirement.

 

PROVISION AND DECOMMISSION OF CLOUD RESOURCES  Snow Automation Platform enables organizations to reap the benefits of cloud computing while remaining in control of resources and costs. Subscription management ensures that cloud-based resources are created in accordance with the terms of the license agreement of the service provider (such as Microsoft, or AWS). Significantly, the platform ensures that cloud resources are created with a decommissioning date to ensure that they are removed as soon as they are no longer needed. Flexibility is provided through the addition of notification steps into the process.

DEVICE MANAGEMENT  Snow Automation Platform provides users with an easy way to manage their devices, whether they are corporate provided or part of a BYOD scheme. Through a selfservice portal users can download approved apps, request software, obtain network settings, download e-mail certification, and enroll or wipe an owned device.
 

POLICY-DRIVEN SUBSCRIPTION MANAGEMENT AND LICENSE HARVESTING Policies within an organization can be automated to manage software subscriptions and deliver continuous license harvesting. A 90-day policy, for example, can be set up within Automation Platform to automatically remove software from devices if it hasn’t been used for three months – freeing up the license for another user. Notification steps can be included to enhance flexibility, providing users with an opportunity to restart the application or extend the subscription.

 

INFORMED DECISIONS, COMPLIANCE,  AND COST TRANSPARENCY  Owing to seamless integration with Snow License Manager, Snow Automation Platform can provide real-time compliance information at the point of approval, which eases decision making about user requests for resources like software and cloud services. Approvers receive full information about the resource and user, as well as any additional information provided by the user at the point of request.

 

COST TAGGING  The capability to include cost information in the resource request process enables users and approvers to make informed decisions when ordering resources. Tagging of content such as internal cost center, enables service providers, like Microsoft and Amazon, to include this information in the billing process, improving the transparency of billing costs across an organization.

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Description

Automate key Software Asset Management, Cloud and mobile processes to accelerate adoption and increase ROI

Snow Automation Platform provides organizations with the capabilities to automate and integrate a diverse range of business processes, leading to increased value and effectiveness of your Software Asset Management (SAM) program, your cloud strategy, and device management.

The platform facilitates communication between the Snow SAM platform and other business systems, enabling automation of processes such as software requests, license harvesting, cloud provisioning, and device enrollment. Snow Automation Platform extends the capabilities of Snow into existing organizational processes.

By facilitating the transformation of massive numbers of unconnected manual tasks into automated processes, Snow Automation Platform delivers benefit not only to Software Asset Managers, but to all other stakeholders – including HR, procurement, finance, business

SNOW AUTOMATION PLATFORM BENEFITS AT A GLANCE:

  • SAM process automation
  • A single interface for software, apps and cloud services
  • Increased user satisfaction and empowerment
  • Faster delivery times for software and licenses
  • Improved visibility of SAM in the wider organization
  • Increased ROI through bi-directional data exchange
  • Detailed statistics to enable better planning and cost budgeting

Features:

  • Requests for hardware and software (including approvals)
  • Policy-driven subscription management and automated license harvesting
  • Device and permissions management
  • Cost-center tagging
  • Provision and decommission of cloud resources
  • Software uninstall
  • User on-boarding and identity management
  • Self-service
  • SAM optimization for now License Manager
  • Mobile optimization for Snow Device Manager
  • Cloud IaaS optimization for Azure, AWS, Google Compute Engine, and VMware
  • Cloud SaaS optimization for Office
 

 

Snow Automation Platform supports more than 1,500 workflow options that can be combined to

build and automate complex business processes. Commonly used workflows come pre-packaged as

import-and-go Automation Books.

By integrating with business systems, such as the IT help desk, Automation

Platform enables a wide variety of business and Software Asset Management (SAM) processes to be streamlined and accelerated.

 

 

  Define and implement automated processes that support software and services optimization for:

  • Software Asset Management
  • Cloud infrastructure
  • Mobile estate management
  • Self-service portal
   

 

 

Snow Automation Platform supports more than 1,500 workflow options that can be combined to build and automate complex business processes.

Commonly used workflows come pre-packaged as import-and-go

Automation Books.

By integrating with business systems, such as the IT help desk,

Automation Platform enables a wide variety of business and Software Asset Management (SAM) processes to be streamlined and accelerated.

Some of the typical workflows the platform can be used to automate include:

  • SAM optimization for Snow License Manager
  • Mobile optimization for Snow Device Manager
  • Cloud IaaS optimization for Azure, AWS,   Google Compute Engine, and VMware
  • Cloud SaaS optimization for Office 365
  • Requests for hardware and software (including approvals)
  • Policy-driven subscription management and automated license harvesting
  • Device and permissions management
  • Cost-center tagging
  • Provision and decommission of cloud resources
  • Software uninstall
  • User on-boarding and identity management
  • Self-service

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Additional information

POWERED BY

Snow, Hosted by Quintica

MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION

Monthly (per device), Perpetual

SUPPORTED INTERFACE

Desktop, Mobile

SUPPORTED OS

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone

INTEGRATIONS

BMC ADDM, Dell KACE 100, Heat (Formerly FrontRange) Discovery, HP DDMI, IBM ILMT, IBM TADd and BigFix Inventory, LANDesk, Microsoft SCCM 2007/2012, Symantec Altrits (6.x & 7.x), AirWatch, MobileIron, …and more

TRIAL

YES

LICENCING

YES

PRICING MODEL

$31.41 /device/month

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