The meaning of Software Asset Management (SAM) remains ambiguous and means different things to different people - this can leave organizations confused to the point that they don’t know which way to turn and how to move forward.
At License Dashboard, we believe in simplicity and we’ve set ourselves an ambitious objective – to spread universal SAM clarity across the world! So with that in mind, the License Dashboard team have masterminded a brand new SAM framework which is flexible to cover b... [More]
There seems to be a lot of confusion in the IT industry today as to whether SAM is relevant to the cloud or not. The BSA recently published a report into the role of SAM in cloud computing which I think hits the nail on the head.
Far from eliminating the need for SAM, the cloud makes it more relevant than ever. At the end of the day the cloud is still software, or it is the infrastructure that runs software. Either way, there is software that needs to be effectively licensed and the procurement... [More]
Last Friday 25th October, a very significant court ruling in Germany went largely unnoticed by the global technology press. While a few titles did pick up on its significance (hats off to PC World and later Computer Weekly for their more detailed analysis), it seemed to pass most people by.
Here’s the lowdown. On Friday, the district court of Hamburg ruled against SAP over its case against a German second-user software license reseller, Susensoftware. The court’s decision upheld an ... [More]
During the course of September and October we have been looking at the value that a well-managed SAM programme can offer to different stakeholders within the organisation. Naturally the first place we looked was the SAM manager, since that is most likely the primary readers of this blog. Based on the conversations we have with SAM managers every day, we speculated that most of their time is spent on license reconciliation – wading through garbled license inventory data in an attempt to mat... [More]
In our final blog post on ‘What SAM means to me’, we are going to look at how SAM impacts end-users in an organization i.e. all employees who use software to do their jobs.
The end-user perspective
In most organizations, the average user has no concern for SAM; they’re unlikely to even know such a discipline exists. And why should they? Why would they know about the ins and outs of software licensing? End-users have enough on their plates without having to worry about whether... [More]
In this next post on our SAM blog, we look at what SAM means to the Finance and Procurement departments. These guys are significantly impacted by what goes on with SAM, but traditionally it is not something they have tended to get involved in. This is changing fast, in fact about 1/3 of the conversations we’ve had with new customers in the last few years have involved, or have even been initiated by, procurement.
So what’s in it for them?
Finance and Procurement are responsible for... [More]
In our last post we looked at what SAM means to a SAM Manager. We looked at both the ideal perspective and what is arguably the reality for many SAM Managers. This time we are going to apply a similar logic to the IT Department – what value does/should SAM offer to an IT Manager and is there a simpler way of looking at it?
What is SAM to the IT Department?
The perception of SAM within the IT Department will differ depending on the size and relative SAM maturity of the organization. The... [More]
As part of our ‘SAM deconstruction’ blog series we wanted to look at SAM from different perspectives within the organization. We all know there are many stakeholders involved in the use, purchasing, deployment and management of software, but do we ever stop and think why is SAM important to them, if indeed it is? Does SAM ever even cross their radar? So, each week through the rest of September we are going to look at SAM from the various stakeholders involved. First up, the SAM Manag... [More]
One of the biggest challenges facing SAM today is making it a priority in an organization’s ever growing ‘to do’ list. I always think it can be likened to our ‘healthy eating’ regime, we all know it should be a priority in our busy lives and that the benefits will come, but it’s a complicated subject and sometimes it’s easier to stick to what we know! There are a number of reasons SAM slips down the agenda, with perhaps the simplest one being the lack of... [More]
Despite being over a decade old, Windows XP remains the king of the OSs. In fact, according to a straw poll of our own customers, 74% of their computers still run it. But despite living to a ripe old age, XP’s days are finally numbered, as Microsoft will officially end support for the OS on 8th April 2014. While this is quite some time away, and XP will no doubt keep on ticking for some time after April, it would be wise to begin preparing for life without it now.
This is because the sign... [More]