Software Asset Management is commonly insinuated as Vendor Auditing of Software. It is seen as a very negative and costly experience.
For most, SAM is referred to as that dreaded vendor letter. “You have been selected to participate in a Software License Review.” Everyone cringes when they see that letter or hears about it.The nightmares of long days and late nights in war rooms, counting software deployments, crunching spreadsheets, and putting other critical projects on hold to bow to the vendor creeps into your mind. And in most cases, due to a simple mis-understanding of the licensing model, SQL Enterprise was deployed rather than Standard and you cut a cheque for a very substantial un-budgeted amount for non-compliance. That cost, does not even take into account the internal cost of the time spent to go through the entire process, which can take months and in some large enterprises – years.
So, now that you are squirming and thinking “I don’t like SAM, I don’t want to ever go through that” – the truth is, SAM is not just managing licensing and passing a Vendor audit once in a while. It really isn’t. Software Asset Management isn’t a bad word! SAM is a practice and methodology that allows you to take control of your assets, make them work for you, reducing your costs and protecting you from risk.
SAM is not a one time, or once a year project. SAM is an ongoing practice that must be adapted and changed as your business evolves.
Software Asset Management is about bringing people, processes, technology, knowledge and policy together to gain control and optimize your software assets throughout their lifecycle.
Software Asset Management actually provides management teams with the data they need to make important decisions related to controlling costs, budget accuracy, productivity, contract negotiations, reducing security risk, compliance, and ensuring that the business is modernized to compete in the market. Not just getting through a vendor audit.