Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading high performance engineering organisations, Prodrive and Aston Martin Racing rely on highly sophisticated engineering software for their race design and development programmes.
Annual licensing for these software applications represents a significant cost to the organisation, with some individual licenses valued at more than £100,000 per annum. One such software application, a specialised computer-aided design (CAD) tool, was licensed on a concurrent user basis. The Prodrive CIO suspected this usage was less than suggested by the vendor, and thus deployed SystemSkan to investigate. SystemSkan was able to provide actual data on concurrent usage, providing the CIO with the evidence required to renegotiate the CAD licensing contract for significant annual savings. While IT asset utilisation was the key requirement for Prodrive, the security benefits offered by SystemSkan were a welcome value-add.
As one of the most prestigious brands in the automotive industry, Aston Martin develops cutting-edge technology to deliver world class performance both on and off the track. Recognising that this intellectual property is of paramount importance to their business, information security has become a core requirement for the group.
Visibility over sensitive data and IT systems is critical and Dtex Systems has been tasked with the execution of this worldwide vision, both trackside with Aston Martin Racing and behind the scenes throughout the Prodrive engineering group..