Does SaaS affect Software Asset Management (SAM)?

Thursday, 12 May, 2022

We reached out to IAITAM, Inc. the other day to find out how SaaS affects SAM and would like to send a big thank you their way for contributing to this article.

SaaS and SAM

Software As A Service affects many aspects of SAM. Before SaaS everything was more physical.  Programs had to be physically installed on our hardware assets (desktops, laptops, etc.) and this required a request, justification, approval, and negotiation before the software could be acquired and installed.  As technology enables us to move away from handling physical assets – just like we no longer use paper money or credit cards as much as we favor PayPal and Apple Pay – installing new software is as simple as a few clicks of the mouse, enabling departments to bypass the typical acquisition process.

How SaaS Makes SAM Even More Important

This ease of access and ability to bypass the acquisition process does not eliminate the need for SAM.  In fact, it further complicates SAM.  The assets are still assets and require management.

SaaS requires ITAM managers and teams to have a good deal of control and understanding of their SAM program because subscriptions need to be renewed and can be negotiated as an auto-renewal and are often easier to forget since the renewal doesn’t require any action or permission to happen.

Because SaaS makes it very easy for employees and departments to find what they need with little help, ITAM teams are often bypassed in ways that they couldn’t be before.  When this happens, it can wreak havoc on the ITAM team and their ability to manage and control asset spend and affect their ability to accurately inventorying the IT assets of the organization.

SAM, HAM & Security

Another significant impact is that when software is virtual, it is accessible to almost everyone. This makes it very easy and tempting for employees to download what they need, especially if it’s free and without having to put in a request for an IT manager.  However, if left unchecked – in no time, the company has no way of pulling together a list of the programs installed on company devices. This is why it’s so important for Software Asset Managers to have solid security restrictions on all desktops, laptops and mobile devices.

Software Asset Management must work more cohesively with Hardware Asset Management (HAM) and Security to restrict the ability to download and install software without the knowledge or approval ITAM.  SAM must be aware of every detail in the fine print of our EULAs and other Subscription Agreements to remain compliant. This requires a stronger SAM team and more robust tools than we’ve had in the past.  Many organizations employ multiple Discovery Tools now, for example.

SAM is More Important Than Ever

In principle, the Acquisition and Vendor Management of SaaS requires the same policies, procedures, and strategies as our traditional IT assets.  There are just different questions to ask the vendor and different considerations to make that are specific to the cloud asset itself.  Ultimately, the ITAM program remains the same, but the need for the Communication and Education KPA has never been greater!

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Do you know Where Your Assets Are?

Thursday, 10 March, 2022

 

In the competitive world we live in managing your assets is critical to identifying the right way to spend and the best way to save.

How does Software Asset Management (SAM) do that?

Every company and individual in every organization uses software.  Knowing the depth of your software assets and the best way to utilize them, is critical to an organization’s success.  When the right people in the organization know SAM Best Practices, then it is a win/win for the individuals and their organization.

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Become a star by knowing how to make good asset management decisions and help save your organization millions.  Understanding SAM best practices is a unique skill set.  It sets you apart.  It makes you an important part of the team.

When you understand Software Asset Management you will know how to:

  • Properly identify assets
  • Manage and track assets
  • Avoid fines
  • Understand when to repurpose versus buy new assets
  • Align the organizations and gain a competitive edge

Why You Need to Understand Software Asset Management

SAM is the set of business practices that support the use of software within an organization.  It is considered a key business function considering that software is now everywhere in the organization and ensures organizational success.  Software Asset Managers manage SAM in the organization and its effects are felt through the organization.  Consequently, it is critical that all levels of management understand SAM and have the ability to help define their requirements.  When you take the SAM course you learn how to:

  • Reduce Risk
  • Increase Accountability
  • Undercover Savings
  • Gain Control of the IT Environment

Knowing how to implement Software Asset Management best practices and ensure organizational success is why individuals in every department need a solid understanding of SAM best practices.  It helps you make better decisions for your department and your customers.  Decisions that are highly regarded and create happy customers.

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  • Instructors answer your questions
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Course Summary

The course is 100% online and available 24/7.  When you take the CSAM course you will learn:

  • SAM best practices
  • How to know when to question whether something should be done
  • How to clearly identify goals
  • How to quantify success with metrics
  • Understand the importance of Software Asset Management
  • Identify the sort and long term value and benefits of SAM
  • Understand software regulations and how they affect your organization

Topics Covered Include: 

  • The scope of software
  • Strategic license management
  • Software harvesting
  • Licensing documentation
  • The right to audit
  • Proactive vs. reactive SAM
  • Developing Goals
  • Savings Opportunities
  • ITAM compliance
  • Audit letter
  • Examples of License Data Documentation
  • Compliance Enforcement
  • Understanding for EULA
  • Due diligence for compliance
  • The Art of Negotiation
  • Ts & Cs Advice
  • ITAM Automation
  • Selecting a Discovery Tool
  • ITAM Repository
  • Hardware & organizational impacts

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