Software Asset Management & The CIO

Achieve your goals with the ‘secret sauce’ behind effective IT operations

As the CIO, you’ve got a lot of priorities: security, cloud, mobile, virtualization, upgrading and replacing legacy systems, reacting quickly to business needs and driving competitive advantage.

None of which screams Software Asset Management.

Yet, effective management of software installs, usage, licenses and procurement can make the difference between success and failure for almost any IT initiative you can think of.

Which makes Software Asset Management the CIO’s unofficial #1 priority.

Full visibility of the IT estate

Regardless of the growth of so-called Shadow IT, or the increasingly diverse nature of devices, platforms and software in use across the network, the CIO needs to have complete visibility of every devices, every software app and every licensing agreement. You’re flying blind without it.

That’s Software Asset Management.

Minimize costs

Many CIOs are enjoying IT budget growth, some are not so lucky. Whether budgets are static or on the move, there is always the need to do more with less. That means eliminating over-spend on
software licenses and contracts, reusing assets where appropriate, getting favourable terms from suppliers and avoiding unbudgeted costs.

That’s Software Asset Management.

Maximize productivity

As the CIO, you are responsible for making sure staff across the organization have everything they need to contribute at 100%; the right devices, the applications, the right services. When they need it. At a price that’s right for the organization.

That’s Software Asset Management.

Minimize audit threats

There is a 70% chance that your organization will be audited by at least one software vendor this year. An audit is disruptive, time-consuming and can be costly if you’re not ready and able to defend your position. You need to know your Effective License Position for all key vendors before they come knocking.

That’s Software Asset Management.

Eliminate security risks

Out of date applications, unapproved software installs, unauthorized devices. These are the root of much of the security risk facing your organization. All of which can be addressed through application whitelisting, accurate identification of software versions and alerting on unapproved apps.

That’s Software Asset Management.

Software Asset Management = Snow

Snow’s Software Asset Management platform is used by more than 6,000 organizations around the world to support key IT initiatives and protect the enterprise against unacceptable costs and risks. Built around the Snow License Manager hub, the platform supports all device types, software vendors and licensing metrics. Its actionable SAM intelligence can be used by stakeholders (IT, Procurement, Security, Governance) and systems (ITSM, ITAM, ERP) across the enterprise to deliver efficient and scalable IT services.

CIOs in the know choose Snow. 

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