A SAM tool is designed to make end users’ lives easier by having “everything in one place”. Amazing, right? It can be, but in order to use a SAM tool wisely, you still need to understand how the licensing part works and how that is linked to the software deployment and software usage part, and that requires in-depth expertise. A SAM tool on its own will never result in a complete and accurate compliance position.
Typically, SAM tools focus on the larger software publishers (e.g. IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP). However, driven by a number of licensing disputes between SAP and their users (e.g. Diageo, AB Inbev) and the desire of end users to have more control of their SAP licenses, multiple SAM tool providers have improved their services to cover as many SAP program groups as possible.
In a series of articles we will provide an overview of the capabilities of both Flexera’s FlexNet Manager and Snow Optimizer for SAP, as they are the most commonly used “SAM tools for SAP”. Next to these two tools, we are familiar with the existence of samQ, Voquz’s SAP License Management tool and Aspera’s License Control for SAP software but we have not seen them (yet) being used broadly. However, this may change in the future. Our article series looks into the coverage of the SAM tools in determining the compliance position, what program groups are covered, what parts can a SAM tool do automatically and what parts still need manual intervention and human decision making.