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Getting beyond compliance and into effective SAM – Part 3 of 4

Our “Getting beyond compliance and into effective SAM” series focusses on the challenges involved in Software Asset Management (SAM) and License Management. Building a team, choosing supporting technologies and generally maintaining an organization’s license entitlement are some of the more time consuming tasks SAM Managers are faced with day-in, day-out, however these pale into insignificance […]

The Complexity of Software Licensing Rules.

The ongoing balancing act within organizations, between the number of software licenses that have been purchased, and the number of software licenses actually utilized, rolls on. Software vendors, as they continue to expand, change to include new products or licensing metrics resulting in a market awash with differing licensing models, metrics and rules, making effective […]

Software Asset Management 2015 Events Schedule


Following the success of our SAM events blog last year we thought we’d do the same in 2015 – so below are the main SAM events of the year. Each event has its own unique benefits and style, but overall they are a great way to meet peers, learn about other’s SAM experiences and meet industry […]

Managing your Microsoft Licenses in Preparation for a Software Audit

As we have been explaining throughout the latest blog posts, software vendors have increased the amount of audits they preform and Microsoft is no different. We have noticed the most common reason for an audit is money (which we can’t blame vendors for, this is a business!), closely followed by compliance – software vendors aren’t […]

Dealing with the Three Main Challenges of Managing your IBM Estate

The latest industry research shows IBM to be the most prolific auditor of late – (with them conducting 55% of audits in 2012) and we’ve identified three main challenges when it comes to managing IBM estates: Challenge 1 – understanding acronyms & keeping up to date with license changes We have seen more and more […]

Are You Prepared for your SAP Annual Audit?

SAP have had the right to audit their customers for over 20 years but research shows a sudden rise in the amounts of requests they are seeing, from 7% of organizations receiving a request in 2009 to 19% in 2012. Like all software vendors, their main objective is to ensure their customers are compliant, but […]

Adobe Audits on the rise

As we all know software audits can be challenging to deal with and with them on the rise there is now more chance of your organization receiving more than one request each year.

Adobe Audits on the Rise – Be Prepared

As we all know software audits can be challenging to deal with and with them on the rise there is now more chance of your organization receiving more than one request each year. There’s also a good chance that one of those requests will be from Adobe as it is currently in the top three […]

Taking your SAM Programme to the Next Level

Although Software Asset Management programmes are becoming more common place, it’s important that they evolve to stay ahead of the modern day challenges. Regardless of whether an organization uses a specific SAM tool, outsources it to a third party or simply uses an inventory tool backed by a manual process, it should be embedded at […]

Why did I buy a SAM solution? Reason: To negotiate with software vendors

In our last blog post (for this series) we looked at the main reason people invest in SAM – to help them through a software audit. While this is the main reason in reality, we would argue that there are many other more pressing reasons. Why wait for the knock on the door before fixing […]

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