• 10 Reasons to implement Software Asset Management (SAM)

  • SAM helps you recognize what you’ve got, where it’s running, where it can best be utilized, what overlap you may have and what’s needed in terms of licensing documentation. How can this specifically benefit your business? Here are ten great reasons to get a SAM program in place today:

    Smoother Operations Your entire organization runs better with SAM. SAM lets you focus on running your business and takes your mind off things like unsupported programs, viruses and security problems stemming from a lack of patches or updates.

    Better Price Points SAM will improve relations with your software resellers and give you an advantage in future negotiations. A better knowledge of your software needs can enable you to buy in volume and let you take advantage of the price benefits associated with bulk purchases.

    Better Market Position Up-to-date licensing and an extensive, comprehensive media library can result in faster, easier mergers and acquisitions. SAM also gives you a faster time-to-market with streamlined software functionality and a thorough knowledge of your existing database.

    Financial Security A good SAM program gives you financial security from unexpected licensing costs as well as providing tax benefits associated with software depreciation.

    Eliminate Waste and Redundancy Thorough software reconciliation, one important step in any good SAM plan, will show software that’s not being used but is still being maintained. That software can then be removed and used elsewhere along with its associated license.*
    * Please note that certain license agreements may limit the transfer of software. Check your agreement(s) before transferring software.

    Volume Discounts SAM gives you a better understanding of how many and what types of licenses are needed. Should you buy on a per-person, per-PC basis, or look into volume license acquisition? Your SAM plan will tell you exactly what you need and save you money when it comes to purchasing your licenses.

    Every Employee Benefits Software that functions as it should and is trouble free will result in better overall employee morale. A centralized SAM program will also cut down on individual training for managers and lower the costs associated with it.

    Liability A proper SAM program limits your legal liability due to poor licensing practices and helps prevent any potential damage to your reputation that could arise from a lawsuit.

    Future Benefits SAM gives you better insight into your future software needs. Instead of buying all the newest software and updates available, you’ll be able to decide exactly what software is needed and when you’ll need it. With SAM you can plan for your future software needs now. This can also help you when deciding if new hardware is needed as well.

    Corporate governance There are two basic steps towards ensuring good corporate governance: identifying the risks, and controlling and mitigating these risks. SAM can help you identify and control your software risks.

    To learn more about implementing SAM in your organization, click here.