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Why open source needs SAM

One of the main goals of a Software Asset Management (SAM) team should be to find the right software for their users to fulfil their role and add value to the business – at the best price possible. With tight budget constraints, organizations may increasingly look at seemingly ‘free’ software in order to reduce costs.

Welcome to the Future...

Over the past few weeks we have been teasing you with new features for our up-and-coming release of Snow License Manager 8. At last, we’re really excited to be able to share our new Software Asset Management (SAM) platform with you.

SAM Cuts Software Spend

Gartner recently released a report entitled ‘Cutting Software Spend Safely with SAM' in which it highlights that Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) leaders can cut software spend by 30 percent if they follow three software license optimization best practices. 

Trending & Forecasting in SAM

We feel it’s a strong illustration of just how far Software Asset Management has come since the days of being the Cinderella of the IT operations world, stuck in the broom cupboard with the unglamorous job of counting IT assets and clearing up the mess after an audit.

Does size matter?

Size matters, right? Or maybe I should be clearer. The size of a Software Asset Management solution vendor’s customers matters when selecting the right platform for your organization’s needs. Or does it?

Managing multiple software versions and editions

How a condolidated insight into the total investment, compliance risk and overspead for a single application or product family lightens the load for Software Asset Managers

Simplified management of PVU licensing

Much like other vendors in the datacenter space, IBM has a comprehensive and complex set of rules governing the licensing of its software, designed to ensure that organizations pay according to the value that they are deemed to realize from the applications in use across the organization.

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. 

Winning Senior Management Support

Imagine you have been given the challenge of implementing a Software Asset Management program. You have been assigned the responsibility of building a SAM strategy, addressing potential SAM processes that can deliver a tangible benefit to the organization and looking at SAM technologies.

Making light work of an audit

Software audits have become an inevitability, but how ready are you to deal with one? As sure as there’s software, there’ll be audits. And given that software can account for more than a third of an organization’s IT spend, software auditing has become big business.

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