SYDNEY, Australia, Sunday, December 01, 2002
Companies can save money, increase productivity and maximise IT investments by implementing a software asset management program, according to the new Software Asset Management Guide released today by Microsoft.
The guide, which will reach 7000 medium and large businesses nationwide and will be available through major resellers, was developed as part of an anti-piracy campaign focusing on the financial benefits of using genuine, licensed products. According to a recent report by Gartner* "enterprises should have an effective asset management programme in place along with contractual, physical and financial data on their assets". Gartner also asserts** that enterprises that implement software usage tools typically yield a saving of 5 per cent in the first year and savings of 2-3 per cent in years 2 and 3 (0.7 Probability).
Six major resellers (Software Spectrum, Volante, Data #3, Algar Burns, Comstra, & CSC) in Australia have received training to fully equip them with the skills to help customers perform software audits and implement an asset management program. These resellers will be running their own seminars for customers supported by Microsoft.
According to Mark Iles, Microsoft's Small and Medium Business Director, today's competitive business market means more and more companies are relying on IT resources, particularly software, to gain an advantage over their rivals. "It is therefore important for organisations to put in place a software management program that ensures they are compliant and maximising their investment," he said.
Financial services company Equity Trustees, for example, recently implemented a SAM program and estimates that it will save $115,000 over the next four years. Michael Fugaro, IT Systems Manager for Equity Trustees, says: "By managing our software assets correctly, we are in a better position to make the most of our software investment and protect ourselves from the financial and legal risks related to pirated software."
Some of the issues examined in the information pack are: the legal and technical risks of running a business on pirated software; guidelines on cost-efficient software use; an overview of licensing programs and how to take advantage of volume licensing discounts; and advice on implementing a sound software asset management policy.
Mr Iles adds that while the SAM guide is comprehensive, he advises companies to consider working with a specialist partner to ensure full compliancy. He warns that Australian businesses that are found to be using illegal software - deliberately or not can face penalties including fines.
The Software Asset Management Guide is also available online at www.microsoft.com/australia/piracy/software-management/resources.aspx
*Gartner "Surviving a Software Vendor Audit", J. Disbrow, February 2002.
**Gartner "Three Tools of an IT Asset Management Program ", P. Adams,October 2001
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