We all know that in a perfect world the management of software licenses would be entirely linear, with every action falling neatly into the correct slot within the required process. But 15 years in the Software Asset Management (SAM) market has also taught us that all-too-often things don’t happen in the linear fashion that users hope for.
Technology advances over the last few years means that the number of potentially-connectable ‘things’ are exploding at a huge rate. According to research by ABI research, by 2020 there will be 30 billion devices with wireless internet connectivity. Some people even say this number is conservative. Cisco, for example, predicts this number to be more like 50 billion.
Most companies have elected to skip Windows Vista (which will still be supported) and move to a standard Windows 7 build. Of course, they could move straight to Windows 8, but Windows 8 has proven to be too new and too different for many organizations and companies to stomach, so the majority are moving forward with their Windows 7 migrations.
In Snow’s development team, we put a lot of effort into creating the best reporting engine, making it easy for stakeholders from across the organization to generate management reports and examine detailed information relevant to their role, whether that be compliance, procurement, network management or business operations
Recently I've spent some time with two of our larger UK customers, both with complex IT estates totalling more than 30,000 devices each. In both cases, the organizations had contracted external SAM teams to assist with the process of establishing a baseline and reconciling software usage against entitlement.
According to recent research from IAITAM (the International Association of IT Asset Managers), the number one priority for ITAM in 2014 is to drive down the cost of IT. Hardly new; hardly surprising. But the fact that we see something similar practically every year does suggest that many organizations don’t think they are optimizing their costs.