About SAM

What is SAM ?

SAM (Software Asset Management) is the process and procedures backed by industry standards to manage software as you would any other valuable company asset to provides economic, security and performance benefits. Poor software management robs companies of the full value of the productivity and efficiency of software. Good software management matches the organization with the needs of the company and individuals. Poor software management can also easily mask unlicensed software, which is the installation or use of unauthorized copies of software.

BENEFITS

  • Reduce software costs through:
    • Matching license purchases with actual utilization.
    • Purchase of upgrades only where required.
  • Obtain the best software to match business requirements.
  • Access to out-of-date and current software for archival or disaster recovery purposes.
  • Avoidance of costly litigation, settlements or fines from the use of unlicensed software.

RISKS

  • Over paying for software licenses due to:
    • Purchasing more than required.
    • Paying for support when the underlying product has been uninstalled.
    • Upgrading software that is not utilized.
  • Security and data vulnerability from the installation of unknown and unauthorized software.
  • Costly litigation, settlements and fines from the use of unlicensed software.
 

 

Who is it for ? 

SAM provides value to companies of any size or type. A small business with twenty employees can support a SAM program using simple paper or spreadsheet tracking and train everyone in the policies very rapidly. A government or business with tens of thousands of employees across thousands of locations will likely need specialized assistance including SAM software, trainers and certified IT staff. The difference is in the scale of the program. The benefits are the same.

 

 

How to Implement SAM

Software Asset Management (SAM) is the practice of managing the lifecycle of software assets within an organization. It is a set of managed processes and functional capabilities to manage software assets throughout the five stages of their lifecycle (planning, requisition, deployment, maintenance, and retirement). The two significant benefits realized by organizations of any size of a SAM program are cost control and risk reduction.

 

 

Four-Step Process

 
Step One:
Develop Policies and Procedures
Step Two:
Audit Installed Software
Step Three:
Determine What is Authorized or Unauthorized
Step Four:
Establish A Routine Audit Process