Software Asset Management (SAM)
Analysts estimate that software purchases account for 20% of corporate expenditures. Yet the vast majority of companies today still seem to be in the dark when it comes to managing these vital assets.
software asset management (SAM) requires setting policies for corporate
standards, software evaluation, purchasing, usage and compliance
The consequences are a concern for an increasing number of companies of all sizes, not just for multinational corporations. The demands increase, yet, IT organisations are still struggling with the requirements of the business, especially regarding the alignment of service and costs.
Inadequate software management leads to a range of business-critical circumstances: Companies have too little information to draw on when they are considering purchasing licenses; there is a huge potential for reducing software costs that goes untapped; or substantial financial and legal risks are involved. And yet today the chances of being audited for software have never been higher, as many software developers are seeking to enforce their rights due to declining income from license revenues. In cases of under-licensing, there can be serious economic and legal consequences.
Software Asset Management has created an opportunity for IT organisations to improve alignment with the business, reduce operational risks, and deliver a broader range of services while optimising costs.
Fig. 1 below represents SAM Essentials - a project framework that is designed around the Microsoft® SAM Optimisation Model. This tool has predefined templates and workflows that guide an organisation from the Basic level of SAM, all the way through to a Dynamic maturity level. This tool was developed by Centennial®, and has been rated so good that Microsoft® have adopted this tool and modelled its SAM Optimisation Model on this tool. NLS Solutions have had full training and can implement, support and enhance this methodology within the Department.