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Tanium Reduced Software Vulnerability by 97% According to New Study

A recent Total Economic Impact™ study from Forrester Consulting revealed that Tanium can help organizations improve their endpoint management, security, and more while delivering significant value and savings.

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With the current volatile and competitive market, every organization needs to make smart decisions about their investments. But how can you ensure your software investment will yield long-term benefits? For example, wouldn’t it be meaningful to save $18 million in your IT budget over the next three years by choosing the right platform?

An economic impact study can be a valuable tool for organizations that want to understand the benefits of software, especially when the software involves complex and interrelated capabilities, such as endpoint management and security. By providing a clear and comprehensive picture of software benefits, third-party economic impact studies can help organizations make more informed and confident decisions when evaluating new solutions to maximize the return on their investments.

This is why Tanium commissioned Forrester Consulting, a leading research and advisory firm, to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study of Tanium Converged Endpoint Management (XEM) to quantify the financial impact that Tanium XEM can have on organizations.

In this post, we’ll review how Forrester conducted the TEI study on Tanium XEM, key findings, and results.

How the Forrester TEI study works

A Forrester TEI study is designed to quantify the benefits, costs, risks, and flexibility of a solution to determine its impact on an organization. The study is conducted entirely by Forrester using independent and objective research from actual Tanium customers. Tanium did not take part in the interview process or provide any information for the study.

Forrester noted from these interviews, prior to investing in Tanium XEM, organizations were searching for a solution that could:

  • Improve organizational security posture
  • Improve endpoint visibility
  • Improve efficiency through automated processes
  • Centralize and consolidate solutions

By understanding these concerns, financials, and experiences from actual Tanium customers, Forrester created a representative composite organization to provide an aggregated financial analysis of potential Tanium XEM investment costs and benefits over a three-year period. For the purposes of this study, the composite organization is headquartered in the United States and has global operations, 40,000 employees, and 48,000 endpoints. On average, the composite organization makes one acquisition per year.

The result? A clear and compelling business case that shows the return on investment (ROI), net present value (NPV), payback period, and total economic impact of Tanium XEM for organizations looking to address today’s business challenges.

Forrester Total Economic Impact study results

Forrester determined that investing in Tanium XEM would allow the composite organization to experience benefits of $18.07 million over three years versus costs of $5.5 million, resulting in an NPV of $12.57 million and an ROI of 228%, with a payback timeframe of less than six months.

Here are some of the key findings from the 2024 Total Economic Impact study by Forrester measuring the cost savings, benefits, and business impact for the composite organization enabled by investing in Tanium XEM:

  • Software license reclamation: The Tanium XEM platform can help organizations reclaim unused, rarely used, or unauthorized software titles through its comprehensive visibility and control features.

For the composite organization, this translates to reclaiming software on 90% of its endpoints, which resulted in more than $4.8 million in savings over three years.

  • Endpoint management efficiency: With Tanium XEM, organizations can increase endpoint management productivity by reducing the time and effort required to perform tasks such as software deployment, patching, and security assessments.

The study found the composite organization gained 60% of these efficiencies back through Tanium XEM automation capabilities, which totals more than $1 million in savings over the next three years.

  • Software vulnerability reduction: Tanium XEM can help organizations reduce their software vulnerabilities by automating patch deployment, assessing vulnerabilities, and leveraging real-time data through a unified platform.

The study showed that improvements in OS and third-party software patching allowed the composite organization to realize a 97% reduction in software vulnerabilities, and a risk mitigation cost avoidance of more than $7.9 million over three years.

  • Tool consolidation: The Tanium XEM platform approach is built to provide comprehensive coverage across a range of use cases, such as asset management, compliance management, incident response, patch management, threat protection, and data discovery, in one solution.

The study determined the composite organization consolidated 70% of its endpoint management and security tooling by investing in Tanium XEM. The study calculated a tool consolidation savings worth more than $4.1 million over three years.

You can read the full 2024 Forrester Total Economic Impact study of Tanium XEM, including modeling and assumptions used, breakdowns of savings by costs and year, and supporting evidence for these findings.

Tanium XEM is a unified endpoint management and security platform that can help you gain complete visibility and control over your endpoints. Tanium can enable you to discover, manage, secure, and optimize your endpoints from a single console, using natural language queries and real-time data. With Tanium, you can reduce complexity, improve efficiency, and enhance security across your entire IT environment.

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