Groupe IMA brings efficiency to its SAP portfolio

USU manages software licenses and compliance for the French insurance group

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At a Glance


Groupe IMA



Key Figures

Turnover: €1.6 billion

5,550 employees

~4000 SAP user licenses

45 million customers

USU Solution

USU Software Asset Management

The Challenge

Inter Mutuelles Assistance (IMA) is one of the largest reinsurers in France. Since 2013, IMA has been mostly using SAP solutions (ERP ECC, SAP CRM etc.) With 45 million policyholders, IMA handles more than 3.4 million cases per year, or one person every 7 seconds. An activity largely managed in SAP ECC.

SAP license management has played an important role at IMA from the start, as SAP accounts for the highest license costs within the group’s software portfolio. It was not just about managing this one software producer.

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The company was looking for options for greater efficiency overall, i.e. to spend less on licenses. The IT department lacked a comprehensive overview of all SAP licenses and their usage. In addition, there was no access to precise consumption data. This shortcoming is what prompted the introduction of software asset management in 2018 and the creation of a full-time SAM position on the IT team.

One of the particular difficulties at IMA is the strong seasonal fluctuations in staff work schedules. From June to September, the number of consultants can increase by 30 to 40 per cent. This means that the number of SAP licenses must be increased correspondingly, but only temporarily. Overall, the number of SAP users fluctuates between 3,000 and 4,000.

The Solution

Once the SAM approach had been implemented at the company, IMA finally looked for a suitable tool to automate processes and further boost efficiency. Manual license management was too complex and time-consuming and was insufficient for adequate preparation of the annual SAP audits.

The insurer chose USU Software Asset Management as the German SAM provider has decades of experience in dealing with large software manufacturers and operates a special SAP license management tool.

After the USU solution was launched, the insurer’s SAM team began recording the license data of its approximately 4,000 SAP users. After collecting and normalizing the required license data, the team continued to set up the reporting processes.

The top priority was to defend the Group’s interests in the annual SAP audits. The next step was to make the management of SAP licenses more efficient and optimize license costs. Typically this involved the licenses for named users, but also the advance planning of license requirements for the S/4HANA migration, the calculation of additional metrics affecting the license costs, the management of indirect access (digital access) and finally the consideration of cloud instances.

To successfully tackle the optimization tasks, it was essential to reduce the time spent just collecting information. And the USU SAM tool was a great help here thanks to its automated processes.

Benjamin Bobo IMA

The current SAM project covers our entire software inventory - around 150 applications - from the most expensive to the less expensive, but it was the SAP licenses in particular that triggered the SAM process. USU’s SAP license management solution provides valuable information that helps us optimize licenses, control spending and anticipate contract renewals.

Benjamin Bobo, Head of IT Management & Performance, IMA

The Result

With USU Software Asset Management, it was possible to perform a fully automated recording of the software inventory, saving a considerable amount of time. Through flexible and automated inventory methods, IMA achieved high data quality and accuracy across its entire IT infrastructure in the shortest possible time.

In addition, IMA was able to monitor changes in license usage almost in real time and better anticipate the need for new acquisitions thanks to license simulations. This enabled the IT team to plan a valid fact-based budget and optimally manage the annual budget based on actual usage.

The tool’s return on investment (ROI) arose from the significant amount of time saved by the SAM manager as well as the needs-based allocation of SAP licenses. Compliance risks in the context of software audits have been a thing of the past since the implementation of the SAM.

About IMA

The IMA Group develops and implements assistance products and services tailored to its shareholders and customers. From emergency assistance to day-to-day support, Groupe IMA offers a comprehensive range of services in the areas of mobility (car, travel and leisure), home and living (working, remote monitoring, connected home), health and wellness and legal. In 2022, the group recorded a turnover of €1.006 billion and a consolidated net profit of €10.8 million. It serves over 45 million users and employs more than 5,500 people.

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