Are you minimizing IT costs? Are you worried about an audit? Take the SAM maturity assessment, view your results, and find out how you can lower the costs of unused software, reclaim and reuse business software licenses and feel safe and compliant when audit time comes around.
Don’t procrastinate. Just 5 minutes of your time could save you up to 30 percent on software costs and uncover the weakest links in your SAM maturity. Speak with a SoftwareONE expert today as a first step in proactively preparing for an audit.
How to Forge a Path Towards Successful SAM & Maintain it
Now that you've decided SAM is a top business concern for your organization, how do you ensure it becomes a reality? There are three steps that your organization should follow to help achieve SAM success:
SAM tools are essential to any SAM strategy, no matter if you’re just starting out or are further along the SAM journey. However, what many organizations don’t realize, is that these tools are not drag and drop – these tools typically require the expertise of a third party.
It’s true what they say – good data in, provides good data (and accurate actionable advice) out. It’s also true that a stand-alone SAM maturity assessment tool cannot guarantee clean, meaningful data. Again, this is where an experienced team of analysts in that initial SAM phase provides benefit.
It is vital to maintain communication between your managed services provider, IT, finance and procurement as you move along the SAM maturity path. SAM is never in an end-state but needs to be continuously monitored and managed as the company’s and vendor’s needs evolve.
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Top Five Actions to Realize SAM Maturity
At SoftwareONE, we understand that effective Software Asset Management (SAM) comes from the right mix of people, process and tools. On top of these three factors, we know that it takes time. Rome was not built in a day and neither was a mature SAM practice. SAM affects not only how software is being used, but the automation, security, digitization, control of shadow IT, and your overall future strategy. It only makes sense to then understand where you are today on your path to SAM maturity:
Take ownership of cloud licensing by knowing what you own and who has access to it.
Companies need to expand the focus from simply license management to both compliance and contract management for subscription licensing.
This is followed by a learn phase to better understand your opportunities and risk.
Look at maintaining reliable SAM usage and consumption data in order to have a baseline.
Last, but not least, craft and communicate a governance model for your overall SAM strategy.
Are you doing these five steps today? How far along are you on your path to SAM maturity?