6 BENEFITS FROM SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT
Do we use efficiently the existing software licences? How much do I know about my company’s software licences? Are all licences valid and comply with the software purchase agreement? How does my company manage software? Every manager or specialist in IT department responsible for software licensing must be able to answer these questions. In many companies an answer to these questions is found by means of the software asset management (SAM) process. This time we will examine in the blog – what is SAM and what, in our opinion, are TOP 6 benefits from the software asset management process.
what is software asset management (sam)?
In USA and in Europe the practice of SAM is in use since the mid 80s, because as computers were introduced in offices the matter of software licensing became topical. Initially SAM was used only for controlling the existence of licences, but from the beginning of the 21st century the SAM process has been very successfully used also to reduce the IT costs of the company.
Nowadays SAM enables a company to track effectively the use of the software at its disposal and licences, and also it helps to plan new software requirements, its implementation and maintenance. SAM is also widely used to reduce the IT budget, since it allows to control actively and automate the purchasing of software licences.
Essentially the purpose of SAM is reduction of the company’s IT costs and legal risks related to the use of software, licences and IT security.
The main winners form the SAM process are large companies, but small and medium enterprises can also benefit from software asset management. In what way? It all depends on the size of IT department.
TOP 6 BENEFITS FROM THE SAM PROCESS
1. COST REDUCTION
SAM allows to determine very precisely software requirements and acquire the most advantageous licensing model.
2. TIMELY PREVENTION OF LEGAL RISKS
After introduction of SAM licensing audits will worry you no more. A good SAM software ensures that software licences at a company’s disposal are valid and used according to provisions of the purchase agreement.
3. IT BUDGET PLANNING
A quality SAM process provides an opportunity to plan and foresee the software costs upon evaluation of the existing use, which makes easier preparation of the budget on the basis of sound data.
4. ADJUSTED LICENCING MODELS
SAM helps to determine, what software functions the company needs. Pay only for those options that you are using.
5. REDUCTION OF IT SECURITY RISKS
Control the contents of the company’s IT systems and what is installed on them. Avoid viruses and malicious software.
6. THE SURRENDERING OF UNNECESSARY SOFTWARE
SAM process makes it clear, which programs, the licensing of which is still paid for by the company, are not used by the employees. Give up the unnecessary and save money.
THINKING OF TODAY
In our days it seems that every company is considering an increase of efficiency of its operation, structuring of its internal processes and reduction of expenses. Introduction of SAM in the company’s IT department could have a considerable and positive effect on IT costs column and allow to avoid unforeseen expenses, when a software licence audit is knocking on the door of your company.