Cloud is no longer a buzz word in the IT industry, it is a requirement. The benefits of public cloud for the modern business are undeniable- from on-demand pricing to global distribution, from deployment of new servers in seconds to no longer having to manage ANY physical hardware. Cloud has changed the game.

While there are many benefits  of moving to the cloud, managing software assets and licenses for enterprise customers can be a challenege. Version 1 have been working in the cloud for over a decade. Let the experts help you acheieve the best cost benefits of their cloud.

Licensing in the Cloud Challenges

The shift to cloud computing has changed how we must view our software and license assets. There are new challenges that must be addressed from a SAM perspective when considering cloud. Some of the main obstacles are:

Hybrid Environments

A mixture of on-premise and public cloud infrastructure is a common scenario these days- this can be during a migration process, for Disaster Recovery (DR) or back ups/archiving. Issues can arise in hybrid situations when it comes to licensing your software.


One of the major benfits of switching to the cloud is that it is elastic by nature. This allows us to scale resources to fulfil an increase in demand. With this increase however we must consider the resources we use and how they affect both our budget and our license compliance.


Another selling point of public cloud is that it is distributed by nature. Public cloud providers enable us to easily launch resources across the globe. This allows us to deliver fast and reliable service to international customers. Compliance and regulatory problems can arise if we are not sure of what we doing when it comes to the storage and transfer of data, and using licensed applications across international borders.

Shadow IT

Cloud and SaaS can allow easy access to services at any time from a multitude of devices. Such access can be hard to manage and track, and may result in complicated licensing situations resulting in governance challenges for your orgainisation.


Our Services


  • Cloud Readiness:
    Version 1 will conduct an assessment on your on premise infrastructure to determine what assets and licenses are suitable for migrating to the cloud.
  • Cloud Environment:
    If you already have a cloud environment we will conduct a detailed review of all your resources- highlighting areas of compliance risk and potential cost savings.


  • License Models:
    There a number of ways to control your licenses in the cloud- including Pay As you Go (PAYG) and Bring Your Own (BYO). With our expert knowledge Version 1 will adivse you on the best model for your business.
  • Cost Savings:
    There are also a number of payment models for the cloud resources you use- such as On Demand, Spot and Dedicated. Our cloud consultants will develop the most cost-effective strategy for running your instances.
  • Performance:
    Cloud services can boost performance in a variety of ways- instances types and sizes, DB read replicas, autoscaling scripts are just a few. Our expert team understand the costs and performance relationship of all of these and advise our customers on how to benefit the most from their public cloud.


  • Ongoing Compliance:
    It can be hard to manage users and data that's stored in the cloud (i.e. on a service provider's server). Version 1 will provide you with the tools to have control over the access and usage of your cloud resources.
  • Cost Management:
    Improper use of cloud services can result in significant expenses for your business. Version 1 will educate your staff and provide you with the monitoring tools to ensure you get the best value from the cloud.
  • Performance Analysis:
    By monitoring your cloud resources Version 1 can implement strategies to ensure your business can operate at an optimum level as it grows.



  • Cost Reduction
  • Increased Performance
  • Ongoing Compliance
  • Smooth Migration
  • Our optimisation expertise helps to deliver financial risk reduction of over 82% on average during audit scenarios.

  • Major UK Transport Company

    When engaged they were facing a bill of £17m, through our help this amount became £100k 

  • During a typical review, we find non-compliance risks of over £5.8 million.

Our Expert Team

The Version 1 SAM and License Management team are experts in what they do. By choosing Version 1, our customers get to avail of 100 man years experience to develop a SAM function catered for their exact business needs. 

Meet our Expert Team


Why Version 1?

We enable clients to make better, more informed decisions on their software estate. Think of us as tax advice - we help you to understand the options and make the right decision for you, not the software vendor. Our priority is to give the best advice, not just to secure revenue.

Trusted Advisor

  • Independent
  • Tools Agnostic
  • Experience




  • Breadth and Scale
  • Technical Background
  • Ongoing Staff Education



Reduce Cost and Risk

  • Assessment
  • Advice
  • Procurement