In part one of this topic, we looked at how organizations investing in SAM tools could take comfort from independent validations of technologies, such as the new KPMG SAM Tools Assessment. This kind of recognition can be a very effective way to reduce the number of potential solutions down to a manageable short-list.
But at some stage in the buying cycle you are going to need to test the solution and see how it matches to your individual requirements. How you construct and the conduct this tes... [More]
Many organisations are looking at desktop virtualisation as an upgrade option to their entire approach to desktop management. With users now demanding greater access to their applications, desktop virtualisation offers powerful opportunities to IT departments to deliver and manage application usage more effectively.
A degree of caution is required, however, when considering your virtualisation options as the associated software licence issues can become even more challenging then simply deploying an application to a local device. [More]
There is no getting away from it, software licence management is a black art, a procedure that many organisations tend to ignore due to its complexity. Licensing terms and conditions have always been written in a confusing language and, if that is not challenging enough, vendors continue to change their terms on a regular basis. If an organisation does not employ a Software Licensing Expert or have a proactive reseller, it can end up spiralling into an abyss – a dark place where it is subjected to great operational risk. [More]
Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, estimates that organisations that begin an IT and Software Asset Management (IT&SAM) programme experience up to a 30% reduction in cost per asset in the first year and continued savings of 5 to 10% annually over the next five years. [More]