What is SAM? Software Asset Management overview

28 July 2014

Software Asset Management

Software licenses are assets and investments and should be managed as such. SAM helps you control costs and optimize these investments as your organization evolves.

Software Asset Management (SAM) is an industry best practice that helps you control costs and optimize software investments across your organization and throughout all stages of their life cycles. Administered through an ongoing plan, SAM makes it easier to identify what you have, where it's running, and whether redundancy may exist. A fully implemented SAM plan can help you cut costs, improve security and compliance, and also anticipate future software needs. SAM also helps organizations accurately capture the costs and benefits associated with IT projects that enable a competitive advantage.

If your business relies on its IT operations to operate smoothly and efficiently, you are probably well aware of the complexities of managing software across an entire organization. What is the best way to control costs and manage business and legal risks? Could you do more with the software you already have? Will your current IT infrastructure be able to expand as your company grows?

SAM is a proven industry best practice of business and IT processes and procedures combined with technology that can help your organization:

Control cost and business risk
for a stronger, healthier financial position.
Optimize existing software investments,
to enable you to do more with what you already have.
Grow with your company's expanding needs
through a core foundation with increased flexibility and agility.

Build a healthier financial position

SAM can help you control both the "hard" monetary costs of software and the "soft" costs of IT management. It helps ensure that you have the best licensing programs for your organization’s specific needs, and the most effective IT forecasting and budgeting. It can help you centralize your IT and software asset tracking, automate manual processes for increased efficiency, prepare for technology upgrades, and reduce support costs.

SAM can also help you control business and legal risks that are often related to improper software deployment. Use SAM to identify security vulnerabilities and keep track of the latest software updates, as well as achieve compliance with standards and government regulations.

Do more with what you already have

With SAM, you can get the most out of your software investments by reducing redundancy, standardizing processes, and giving your employees the tools they need. SAM can help you implement IT with business best practices and optimize software assets, enabling you to pay only for the software you use. SAM helps you optimize IT resources by standardizing processes, improving automation, and defining procedures to increase the efficiency and agility of your IT staff.

Lay a scalable foundation for business growth

As your company needs grow, you need an IT infrastructure that can expand with you. The SAM optimization model provides a solid, scalable foundation for business growth. A fully implemented SAM plan creates efficiencies that enable you to adapt quickly to market opportunities, plan for future software needs, and engage in IT and business best practices that drive value. At its highest level, SAM helps organizations become more agile by making better use of resources, even in times of changing business conditions.

Infrastructure Optimization and the SAM Optimization Model

The goal of Infrastructure Optimization (IO) is to build an efficient, secure, and optimized IT infrastructure. IO can help your organization better understand and move toward a more secure, well-managed, and dynamic IT infrastructure that will help you reduce costs, use resources more efficiently, and make IT a strategic asset for the business. IO is a four-step process that can take your organization from a non-managed, reactive state to a proactive, optimized, and dynamic state. SAM is a key step in IO that can help your organization gain control over what IT assets are being used and where.

Source: Microsoft/SAM

Share this article

Latest posts

Statlook for Edoocation

STATLOOK FOR EDUCATION - SPECIAL EDITION Statlook supports thousands of organizations in Poland and we wish to do the same in other countries. We offer FREE lic...

Read more
IT in health care

Programy IT dla Służby Zdrowia. Zobacz jakie narzędzia stosują administratorzy w Służbie Zdrowia/Szpitalach..

Read more
SPECIAL OFFER

Special offer - Buy 2 packs of agents and get another pack for FREE! This is why it is worth joining the world of professional, automated IT infrastructure management: Helpdesk...

Read more
The premiere of Statlook 14!

We are pleased to present you the latest 14th version of the Statlook system! The latest release of our software is another big step towards improving IT infras...

Read more
Top Reason Not to Use Unlicensed Software

Security Threats Rank as Top Reason Not to Use Unlicensed Software Computer users around the world cite the risk of security threats from malware as the top reason not to...

Read more
Remote Work and Employee Monitoring – Best Practices

Remote employee monitoring is the most popular way to check attendance, manage remote work and evaluate remote employee performance, whenever direct results can...

Read more
Which websites do your workers like to visit?

Internet monitoring in work is considered to be one of most important aspects of IT infrastructure management. It is not easy to find an optimal solution, though – not every...

Read more
Software License Compliance

Throughout the years, the process of software assess has become increasingly difficult. This happens due to neglecting proper license management practices, one...

Read more
How to limit access to websites in a workplace?

Provided you own a company or work as an IT administrator, and your workers use the Internet on daily basis, it is a wise idea to equip yourself with a...

Read more
Sign up for our webinar!

Join our Webinar – let us show you Statlook during an online presentation. Contact us to schedule an Internet meeting. All you need is a browser and the link we will send you.

© Statlook 2021
SpeedyWeb.pl
homearrow-upbarscross linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram