Software Asset Management

Software Asset Management (SAM) is a best practice incorporating a set of proven processes and procedures for managing and optimizing your organization’s IT assets. Implementing SAM protects your software investments and helps you recognize what you have, where it’s running, and if your organization is using your assets efficiently.

Open Source software and Cloud Computing should also be a part of strategic SAM planning.

Checklist:

  • Take an initial inventory of installed proprietary software + open source software
  • Track down existing proprietary licenses + open source licenses
  • Organize and analyze the results of the software inventory and license information
  • Determine whether additional licenses are required and which licensing solution best fits your needs
  • Determine the Cloud Computing possibilities and what can you do with cloud computing
  • Put an ongoing software asset management plan in place