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Implement best practices to reduce waste, avoid unnecessary costs and business risks, and streamline your entire organization

Now that you’ve identified what you have and where it is, the next step is to review or write policies and procedures that your employees can use to ensure proper software asset management every day of the year. Establishing standard practices can help you control costs, minimize risks, and keep your business running smoothly.

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Step 3:  Learn about establishing and following good policies and procedures for software acquisition and use—an important part of the software asset management process.

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If you already have policies and documentation in place, now is a good time to review and update them as necessary.  It’s also a good idea to establish a regular rhythm for reviewing and updating this kind of material within your organization.

As part of your SAM program, you should establish standards regarding all phases of your software life cycle, including:

Establishing standard software practices as part of your SAM plan will help improve your operations and reduce costs. By streamlining your everyday processes, you make the most of your software assets and IT resources, resulting in increased operational efficiency and improved responsiveness to business needs as your company grows in size and/or maturity.

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Next step: Developing and Maintaining Your SAM Plan

After you have established and implemented standard software policies for your organization as discussed in this section, you are ready to put your SAM plan in motion.