How many Microsoft Office add-ins does a company need?

... and how can you save on licensing costs?The Microsoft add-ins landscape at companies is generally very diverse. While there are always areas where certain programs are essential for highly specialized applications, there is still also some overlap between applications. And this means potential for saving.


Lots doesn’t always mean more


When we talk with companies, we find they often use different tools for the same applications. In many cases, this is because it is simply something the companies have always done in this way. Specialized add-ins, e.g. for chart editing, are then added to a broad add-in like QuickSlide for PowerPoint. It is worth taking a look at the specialized programs, because they are generally very cost-intensive.


Easily replacing add-ins

Some of the specialized and cost-intensive add-ins have been purchased earlier on, and their added value needs to be regularly reviewed. Because add-ins with a broad range of functions, such as the QuickSlide PowerPoint add-in, are constantly being further developed, and are increasingly also meeting the needs of specialized applications. QuickSlide, for example, has expanded and optimized its functions for creating and editing charts in such a way that it can now easily replace chart-editing programs like think-cell®


Saving on licensing costsAdditional add-ins can be replaced either completely or at least for the users who do not need in-depth access to the functions. Which is generally a lot. Because specialized programs are aimed at heavy users from specific divisions. “Normal” Microsoft Office users are not the focus; they can find everything they need in the basic add-in they work with daily. The duplicate licenses can be spared, which significantly reduces costs.


A practical example: 90% superfluous.

Experience from projects revolving around replacing the conventional, costly chart-editing program, think-cell®, has shown us that 10% of all think-cell® licenses have been left unused for long periods of time, and a further 80% of licenses could be converted to QuickSlide without any loss of performance or convenience. Only 10% of users from specialized divisions and user groups could not afford to stop using the program. Learn more


Our consulting service for replacing add-ins

Do you also feel like your company could save on licensing costs by replacing certain add-ins? Then get in touch with us. We’ll help you identify the replaceable licenses and systematically leverage your savings potential. Contact us.

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