At its core, Software Asset Management (SAM) is the practice of ensuring compliance with the legal agreements set forth in publisher-user software contracts.
These contracts, which lay out how many software licenses your company is entitled to, state that it’s the business’s responsibility to stay in compliance with the agreed-upon terms. To make sure your company remains compliant, publishers will conduct audits, usually on an annual basis or once every couple of years. If found non-compliant, your business may be forced to retroactively pay for additional licenses at far steeper prices than outlined in your original contract.
For many companies, avoiding these potentially expensive audits is the main — and sometimes only — goal of their asset management programs. However, SAM can and should be so much more.
This practice isn’t just about avoiding publisher audits — it’s about protecting and optimizing your business’s IT assets. A solid SAM strategy can:
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