Software asset management (SAM) is the practice of managing the lifecycle of software assets within an organisation.
Smart SAM practices can help your business manage complex licences and prevent non-compliance. It can also help save you money by identifying over or under-deployment of licences.
SAM is not just about avoiding non-compliance. It helps protect your work, ensure productivity and is smart business.
How SAM can help your business
SAM can help match software assets to your needs and eliminate or reallocate underused licences.
SAM can help reduce the risk of infected computers due to viruses, spyware or malware by preventing downloads from unauthorised sites.
3 steps to SAM
1) Develop policies and procedures
Put policies and procedures in place for responsible software management. Examples include a process for centralised software purchasing and a corporate policy statement on software use.
2) Audit installed software
Take an inventory of your software assets and compare it to what is allowed under your entitlements to determine what is compliant or not compliant. This can also help identify outdated or unnecessary software.
3) Establish a routine audit schedule
Schedule internal audits on a regular basis to ensure your business remains compliant as it changes or grows.
Learn more about managing software
The Software Alliance (BSA) compiled best practices and industry standards for SAM. Start smart software management today.