Is Your SAM Program Evolving Fast Enough to Meet Business Demand?

Following the ITAM Review EMEA conference earlier this year, we have released a blog series highlighting the questions raised at the end of our session. We are concluding this series by answering the following question:

Is your SAM Program evolving fast enough to meet business demand?

These days, it feels like we never lived without technology. After the tech advancements of the 60’s, developments came at a fast pace in the following decades, with new technologies constantly enabling us and providing organizations with a competitive edge. However, with these changes comes different, more complex ways of managing assets, and licensing those assets with strict terms and conditions that can differ from vendor to vendor. In business, ensuring your SAM Program accurately and effectively manages IT assets, while aligning to business goals is essential for the on-going business demand companies may face.

SAM supporting demands for moving to the Cloud

Most software vendors now offer Cloud solutions to their customers to streamline processes and bring modern working practices to all industries. Although this comes with great benefits, making the move from Desktop and Virtual environments to Cloud can be tedious and quickly spiral out of control. Understanding exactly what software you are currently utilizing, what Cloud alternatives are available, and how they should be licensed will ensure the software estate change runs smoothly, without interrupting business as usual.

Understanding what the existing SAM program is capable of is crucial when making the move, ensuring the current technologies utilized to manage Software Asset Management will continue to provide support is key to making this change successful. Finding out that the tools in place can’t keep up with more modern technologies will cause issues when having to monitor software installments.

Leaning on skills and knowledge (whether that is internal or from a third party) is invaluable before, during, and following the Cloud project. A clear plan of what the organization is currently utilizing gives clarity around which Cloud platforms are best suited for on-going needs. During the Cloud move, organizations need to avoid overspending, ensure previously agreed renewals aren’t missed, and employees’ day to day tasks remain uninterrupted when they make the move. Finally, once the move is complete, the new licenses and how they are being used will need to be monitored.

SAM Agile and the move to Cloud

SAM Agile offers organizations the flexibility to choose when they make the move to Cloud. In our previous post we highlighted how you can react to unexpected events (like the sudden need to work from home), but also how you can carefully plan out and strategize when you would like to make the move with the support of SAM consultants and their expertise.

Planning a major IT change well in advance is always the ideal situation, and knowing you have the support for implementation means your team is prepared while moving the organization forward. This tactic also ensures your SAM program is fully embedded within the overall company goals, and stakeholders are engaged and turn to the SAM team when looking to make major IT changes.

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Ben Murden

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