The challenge for CIOs and IT teams is therefore two-fold:
- Short-term: to accurately detect and catalogue all software instances running in their organizations
- Long-term: to ensure the business has access to the full range of tools and services it needs to function properly
The first point can be quickly addressed with a Cloud & Software Asset Management (SAM) assessment. From here you can quickly build a detailed picture of all ‘live’ assets and conduct an analysis of the security and data compliance risks connected to any unauthorized deployments.
The second point requires a more strategic analysis of usage patterns, again based on a thorough Cloud & SAM assessment. Do this right, and you’ll be in a position to align budgets to actual need, reduce a significant security and compliance risk, while also ensuring you’re better prepared for any future software audit.