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The Basics of Software Asset Management

Learn How to Address Real-world Challenges of Managing Software Assets

In recent years, Software Asset Management (SAM) has evolved to manage a wider range of business assets and processes, transforming beyond license compliance. Today’s SAM practices include strategic cost control, infrastructure management and security control, on top of the foundation of license optimization. Issues that figure heavily on the agendas of most CIOs. It’s their job to ensure that the organization is doing more with less, contain soaring IT costs, deliver user flexibility, and minimize risk exposure. A good SAM practice goes a long way toward helping organizations, and their CIOs, achieve these targets

Three phases of SAM maturity with Snow – Part II

Leveraging SAM intelligence and constant optimization

In this second and final post in our series on Software Asset Management (SAM) maturity, Patrik Burvall talks about the value of Software Asset Management (SAM) and how it continues to deliver long after initial compliance has been established.

The three phases of SAM maturity with Snow – Part I

Achieving compliance

The benefits a Software Asset Management (SAM) program deliver vary, depending on the maturity level of SAM within your organization. In part I of this two-part series, Patrik Burvall talks about how you can achieve initial compliance for the majority of your software estate within 120 days

Virtualization Management in the Datacenter

In my previous blog I discussed the business need for flexibility when resourcing datacenters and how changes to hardware can facilitate this. Utilizing virtualization technologies in the datacenter enables even greater flexibility. New virtual machines can be spun up within a matter of minutes for whatever purpose. 

Managing Licensing Complexities in the Datacenter

Enterprise software licensing has had to evolve as datacenter solutions have matured. The technologies available to run and manage datacenters are extremely advanced, enabling resources to be adapted rapidly to suit business needs.

So you’re a new SAM Manager – PT III

In the final installment of this blog series, you actually get to see the fruits of your labor – having executed your plan in earnest, you’ll have already begun to prove the value of SAM within your organization.

So you’re a new SAM Manager - PT II

In this second installment of our three-part blog serial, we’ll take a look at the SAM process you need to consider for the next couple of months. Having gained some insight in the first 30 days, now is the time to start using this information to shape your SAM plan moving forward. 

So you're a new SAM Manager? - PT I

In a series of three blogs, Patrik Burvall takes a look at the first steps you might like to consider once you take on the role as a SAM manager. In this post, Patrik looks at the first month and how to assess the current situation.

Over those January Blues?

Here at Snow we believe that being successful in SAM isn’t about working in isolation but working with other parts of the organization; you’ll find that the benefit is symbiotic and will lead to better results all round. In fact you might even find that the board will praise you for your actions, whether in avoiding hefty penalties from software vendors, from the money you save in re-harvesting software or from optimizing the number of licenses across the network.

When do we know if our inventory is complete?

Given that Active Directory should (in a well-maintain network, at least!) contain a list of all the devices on a given domain, it should provide a highly accurate reference point for the inventory information.