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SAM increases the operational capabilities of your IT department through standardized procedures and best practices. SAM uses principles compatible with the Infrastructure Optimization that are often used by IT professionals with their Microsoft investments.

No one has a better grasp on what Infrastructure Optimization (IO) and SAM can do for an organization than the Information Technology (IT) department. Often the IT department will have ultimate responsibility for establishing, maintaining, and monitoring the SAM plan.

How SAM Benefits You

A well-implemented SAM plan can help you control IT costs, optimize IT resources, and grow systems that will be more flexible and agile in the future. SAM can help your IT department:

  • Control security risks that result from the use of unauthorized software or a lack of knowledge of available security updates, ultimately reducing support incidents.

  • Reduce training time, and its associated costs, for new personnel.

  • Automate manual processes for a smoother, more efficient operation.

  • Optimize efficiencies with centralized asset tracking to always know what software you have, what could be better used elsewhere, and what types of programs you will need in the future.

  • Attain faster time-to-market through streamlined software functionality and a thorough knowledge of your software deployment.

  • Increase IT staff morale and motivation with optimized effectiveness on system standardization leading to a reduced help-desk workload.

  • Streamline procedures and develop efficient upgrade plans and deployments.

  • Demonstrate the value of IT assets with accurate data.

  • Grow your business infrastructure with flexible and agile IT systems that can easily adapt with future needs.

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How to build a business case for SAM

For building a business case around SAM to present to senior management, include:

  • A summary of your current SAM level.

  • A summary of your proposed plan with alternatives.

  • The case for outsourcing SAM, keeping it in-house or combining both approaches.

  • A timeframe for implementing SAM.

  • The necessary requirements and expected benefits.

  • Final recommendations.

  • What to expect when it's finished.

Gain internal support on the Business Case for SAM

After preparing your case:

  • Determine potential objections from the outset, and have solutions and benefits at hand.

  • Keep budgetary concerns in mind to best determine the implementation stages of your SAM plan.

  • Find a senior-level champion of SAM that will help you sell your case.

  • Be ready to present a report detailing what steps were taken and the benefits realized after the plan has been fully implemented.