Fear of vendor audits and need to save cash driving SAM

The threat of vendor software audits, which is increasing in the downturn, is leading to an increase in interest in Software Asset Management tools.

The threat of vendor software audits, which is increasing in the downturn, is leading to an increase in interest in Software Asset Management tools.

Earlier this week the Software Industry Research Board held a SAM event that offered both education for customers about the need to understand licensing as well as practical advice for implementing tools.

That event was well attended with Matt Fisher, director at FrontRange Solutions, telling MicroScope that there was a real appetite for information about how to reduced risk and stay on the right side of the law.

Adding to the evidence that this is going to be a strong year for SAM comes reports from compliance specialist FAST Ltd that there has been a noticeable increase in demand for asset management.

Phil Heap, head of consultancy services at FAST Ltd, said that one of the benefits of SAM was that it could expose over licensing and areas where companies could save money.

“Over the years, organisations have frittered away billions of pounds because they have failed to manage their IT infrastructure effectively.In today’s economy this kind of wastage of inefficiency is no longer acceptable,” he said.

“The revenue implications for organisations if this is not managed effectively really are significant. In five most recent projects alone, we identified £2 million worth of either over or under spend,” he added.

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