Software Licenses

Leo Wu made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Commission on Human Medicines

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Dear Commission on Human Medicines,

I would like to ask

Q1. Do you look after your own IT or is it outsourced?
Q2. How much did you pay in last financial year for software licenses?
Q3. How many computers users do you have?
Q4. When do you need to renew the contract with Microsoft for software licenses? What was the value of your last contract?
Q5. Do you currently measure software usage versus the number of licenses purchased? If so what is used for software usage metering?
Q6. Do you use a software asset management tool?
Q7. Please also provide details of IT Contracts Managers and any person(s) involved in IT Software procurement.

Yours faithfully,

Leo Wu

MHRA Customer Services, Commission on Human Medicines

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Our Ref: FOI 15/154
       
Dear Mr Wu,
       
RE:  REQUEST UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
       
Thank you for your enquiry which we received on 30 March 2015. 
       
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Kind Regards,

Customer Services
Communications division
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
151 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SZ
Telephone: 020 3080 6000
Email: [Commission on Human Medicines request email]
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MHRA Customer Services, Commission on Human Medicines

FOI 15/154

Dear Leo Wu,

Thank you for your email of 30 March 2015 where you requested information about out IT.

Please see our responses to your questions below.

Q1. Do you look after your own IT or is it outsourced?
Outsourced

Q2. How much did you pay in last financial year for software licenses?
£350k

Q3. How many computers users do you have?
1250

Q4. When do you need to renew the contract with Microsoft for software licenses? What was the value of your last contract?
The agency conducts a rolling annual Microsoft licence true up with our outsourced provider, who in turn holds the contract with Microsoft.

Q5. Do you currently measure software usage versus the number of licenses purchased?
Yes
If so what is used for software usage metering?
A software asset management tool

Q6. Do you use a software asset management tool?
Yes

Q7. Please also provide details of IT Contracts Managers and any person(s) involved in IT Software procurement.
The IT contracts manager is the Senior Service Manager. Persons involved in IT software procurement are the Senior Service Manager, Service Manager and Head of Procurement.

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Kind Regards,

Customer Services

Communications division

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
151 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SZ
Telephone: 020 3080 6000
Email: [Commission on Human Medicines request email]
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